Fishing Guide to North Karelia

Province of large lakes

The head waters of the Vuoksi and Laatokka waterways have abundant and diverse fish stocks. North Karelia is a province of not only large lakes but also thousands of small waters.


Rare fishermen's "saunas" (uninhabited huts – without sauna!), hundreds of appointed landing places and camp-fire sites, boat ramps, rental cottages and many fishing events, ranging from trolling through spin fishing and ice fishing to family camps, and a well developed fishing licence system provide extremely good conditions for hobby fishermen.


Right in the middle of the province capital, in the rapids of Joensuu, you can try out your skills in catching salmon or smelt. Ruunaa is ideal for fly-fishing with the family, offering disabled access. Large lakes: The lakes Pielinen, Höytiäinen, Pyhäselkä, Koitere and Pyhäjärvi are best suited to trolling for pike-perch, lake salmon, lake brown trout and pike. Thousands of small waters are treasure troves for adventurers.


Fishing trips – also across the border to Russia – can be booked from travel and entertainment service providers, fishing guides and professional fishermen.


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7. Höytiäinen fishing area

The Höytiäinen fishing licence covers the Lake Höytiäinen with an area of nearly 30,000 hectares. This lake, popular for trolling for salmon, is known for its history and fishing saunas, which are still used.

14. A-C Pyhäjärven-Puruveden kalastusalue

Pyhäjärvi and Puruvesi lakes with clear waters, which surround Kesälahti, represent the finest of North Karelian lakeland. The waters are stocked with perch, pike, brown trout, lake salmon, grayling and other species popular among anglers. The fishing area includes Karinlampi, a small fishing lake in Sarvisalo.


8. Koitere fishing area
Koitere lure fishing fee covers the well-known wilderness lake with clear waters, shining beaches and a hundred islands. Large pike-perch, pike and brown trout can be caught by trolling, and vendace is caught with nets.


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