North Karelia is a part of Lakeland area in Finland so there are lakes, ponds, rivers and streams everywhere. The lakes of North Karelia offer opportunities for a wide variety of fishing, and often excellent catches, for example, whitefish, pike-perch, lake trout, burbot, perch and pike.
The best way for holidaymakers to enjoy a fishing trip is by renting a holiday cottage. The owners of holiday cottages know the best fishing spots and a cottage provides an excellent base from which to travel around the fishing grounds of Karelia. The rent of a cottage includes in normal case also a rowing boat.
Everyman’s right allows angling and
ice fishing free of charge in most inland waters of the area except in
rapids and fast-flowing section of watercourses. For lure fishing with a
single rod you need to purchase a fishing lisence.
Fishing lisence must be obtained by anyone between ages of 18 and 64 who plans to fish, with exception of angling with a hook and line and ice fishing. Fishing licenses can be purchased at Nature Centres run by Metsähallitus and at R-Kiosks. The license costs €45/year, €15/week or €6/day (2018).
More information on fishing licenses: www.ahven.net/english
The most popular fishing venue in Karelia is the Lieksanjoki river, which flows through the Ruunaa rambling area. Ruunaa is ideal for fly-fishing with the family, offering disabled access. The network of footpaths following the river makes it easy to find the best fishing grounds.
Right in the middle of the province capital, in the rapids of Joensuu, you can try out your skills in catching salmon or smelt. The lakes Pielinen, Höytiäinen, Pyhäselkä, Koitere and Pyhäjärvi are best suited to trolling for pike-perch, lake salmon, lake brown trout and pike.