Central Finland – inland rapids and lake fishing
Finland is a country of thousands of lakes. In central Finland there are so many lakes that the area is called Lake Finland. Many of the lakes form interconnected lake systems that are linked by short rapids, which are good places for fly fishing.
Perch, pike, pikeperch, brown trout, and lake salmon are the species of choice in this area for most fishermen.
Angling, ice fishing, spinning, jigging and trolling for perch is in season all year round on inland waters. The best catches are to be got around the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. The most common perch size is 200-500 grams but they can grow to be up to a kilogram.
Inland pike are in season from May to November. The best time for spinning big pike is in the early spring and late autumn. Pike usually vary in size from 500 grams to 3 kilos but can even weigh 5-10 kilos! In winter exotic ice fishing is an enjoyable way to catch pike.
The best time to spin/jig for pikeperch is from late June to the end of July. The trolling season for pikeperch is at its best from midsummer to the beginning of autumn.
The best season for fishing at big rapids is from late spring to autumn and also after the end of the closed fishing season. Stocked trout are the most common catch but naturally there are also wild trout among them. The trout in this area average 1 kg, but specimens weighing 2-3 kg are common and even larger fish can be caught from time to time.
Trolling for lake salmon and trout on the lakes of central Finland is in season from the time the ice melts in spring until it freezes again in winter. Lake salmon grow quickly to 2-4 kg and the largest specimens can be over 10 kg!