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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5.A.-B. Juojärvi fishing area

The Juojärvi fishing area is divided into two licence areas:

5.A. Juojärvi-Rikkavesi lure fishing fee covers Juojärvi, Rikkavesi and Kaavijärvi waters and small waters of Outokumpu, approximately 19,000 ha.

5.B. Valkeinen-Musta is located about 5 km from Outokumpu. At the Outokumpu Nature and Wilderness Park (Erä- ja luontokeskus), there is a small fishing pond with disabled access, suitable for children.

2.A. Vaikkojoki fishing area
Vaikkojoki water system, rapids in the territory of Juuka and Kaavi, approximately 5,100 ha. Rainbow trout, brown trout, pike, grayling. Restocking with full-grown rainbow trout and brown trout.

11. Keski-Karjalan fishing area

The licence area covers about 20,000 ha: most of Paasivesi as well as Orivesi from Kuhakivenselkä to Puhoslahti. The area consists of two different parts: towards Puhos, there are numerous islands, whereas the Heinoniemi-Paasivesi area is dominated by large open waters, the habitat of the Saimaa ringed seal.
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