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The Lakes of Juva and central Finland

Fishing on the lake Photo,

Of the many outdoor pursuits that Finland is so well suited to in the summer time, few can be as relaxing and rewarding as fishing its many pristine lakes and rivers.

The pastime of fishing in Finland is one that has great historical tradition with the locals and, in general, there is a very gentlemanly approach to the understood laws of sportsmanship in this pursuit.

There are no shortages of places to fish in this country filled with lakes and ponds and rivers of all kinds, and there are many benefits to fishing the area while in your visit.

As with all sporting in a new country, do check websites or local outdoor suppliers for the most recent regulations and requirements to fish legally. But such things have been fairly straightforward and, once sorted, open up an entire new realm of experience for any journey to Finland.

In my time in the central countryside, we did our fishing at a friend's cabin outside of Juva. We were lucky enough to be staying at a cabin whose owner owned the adjoining lake, and lent us the appropriate gear (and coincidentally was also the local sheriff, so all regulations were easily accessible to us.)

If you are not quite so fortunate during your time in Finland, I can lay out a few of the basics.
One of the best things about fishing here is that, like Scotland, Finland has an 'everyman's rights' view about the great outdoors. This may be a difficult concept for American's to grasp (I still sometimes feel uncertain hiking across a strange farmer's land) but it is extremely useful in this case. It means that there is no law regarding trespassing. As long as you stay out of the direct vicinity of people's houses or farms, you are pretty free to roam the surrounding areas and fish and even camp wherever you choose. I would certainly recommend learning a bit of Finnish if you take this route, just in case you want to exchange pleasantries with the locals you may meet.
It does mean, that fishing the spot you find most appealing is usually not a problem.

However, it must be noted that there is no 'free' fishing in Finland often a certain strictness in these regulations..
You must obtain a fishing card. Ask at the local tackle shop or fishery where you intend to fish for the best place to obtain one. In general the prices are reasonable in the region of €15 for a year, though you should double-check this rate. You may also need a local permit which is dependent on the type of fishing you will be doing, as well as the area in which you intend to fish. (Lake, river, etc.)

Once you have sorted out all the details, relax and enjoy the beauty of Finnish fishing.

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