The Lake Pyhäjärvi area has excellent fishing. The diverse watercourses of the region offer great fishing experiences, especially if you like catching pike and perch. Pyhäjärvi is one of Europe’s most abundant lakes for fish and beneath its gentle waves hide many edible fish from whitefish to vendace and as well as signal crayfish. The lakes sheltered bays also contain tench and large bream.
In Lake Köyliöjärvi’s murky waters, pike, perch and pike-perch (zander) dwell and in Lake Elijärvi there are eels to catch. Lake Koskeljärvi’s wilderness is free of holiday homes and protected reserve, which allows the shallow lake to offer pleasant surprises for those who like to fish from canoes.
Please practise responsible fishing: take account of other water users and beach-dwellers and ensure the proper disposal of waste. It is better to choose medium sized fish than large specimens for the dining table. Predators, such as pike, perch and pike-perch, play an important role in maintaining the balance of the aquatic ecosystem. An increase in large fish also produces more offspring and more viable fish populations. Size matters.
Ice-fishing is a traditional Finnish way of fishing. Fishing on ice is usually safe when the ice cover is over 15 cm thick. Beware the flowing places where the ice is weaker. These places are usually close to the bridges and where the rivers enter or leave the lake. Essential safety equipment includes ice picks. Always remember safety comes first. If you are not sure if the ice is strong enough for fishing, ask the local people.
Finnish fishing licences can be found here.