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Pikeseminar in Sastamala 15.11.2023
Even tough pike is the most common fish in Finland together with perch, in certain areas the status of pike stocks is not so good as it could be.
Particularly on some regulated lakes reproduction of pike don`t work so well. The best spawning grounds for pike are located in flooded wetlands. Because of regulation there is no flood in spring and the best spawning areas are not under the water in early May as they should be.
One problem, that concerns urban areas above all, is that gradually shores are built-up near cities and villages. Some of those shores have been crucial for pike. Also eutrophication can make harm to pike reproduction. Access to spawning grounds is important. In some cases some structures ‒ e.g. culverts ‒ block access to spawning grounds.
Last week a group of experts and pike fans gathered in Sastamala at hotel Ellivuori to discuss about these matters and other issues concerning pike stocks. In last years there have been some good examples how to maintain and devolep reproduction of pike. Artificial wetlands and so called ”pike factories” have turn out to good steps and the results of these actions have been promising.
Pike is the most important species in fishing tourism and with its white flesh is is brilliant material for delicious dishes.
Photo: The last catch of the season. Open water area pike, that has fatten up with a good help of dence vendace stock, is an excellent choice for dinner table. Photo: Ismo Kolari.
A wide variety of fishing-related events are organised in different parts of Finland, allowing you to take part in exciting competitions, sample fish delicacies and check out the latest tackle innovations.
Photo: Jari Tuiskunen
Helsinki Angling Marathon, ‘Stadionki’.
Exciting fishing competitions
Finns are a competitive race and fishing competitions have long traditions. Competitions are organised around the themes of ice-fishing, angling, trolling, spinning and crayfishing. Ice-fishing competitions attract the highest number of people; numbers of participants in the largest competitions run into thousands.
Especially popular summer events are the hundreds of trolling competitions, the largest and most well-known of which is the 24-hour rowing marathon, the Puruvesi Salmon Championships, organised in Kesälahti. The River Teno Salmon Championship is resolved by trolling a big salmon from this majestic stream of Upper Lapland.
Photo: Lentokuva Vallas
Ice-fishing enthusiasts spread out on the ice like ants during the Lake Kallavesi Finnish Championships.
The European Championships in salmon trolling, held on the Gulf of Finland, bring plenty of participants and spectators to Helsinki. Every year, Lake Oulujärvi hosts the European Championships in pike trolling, while the World Championships in zander trolling, known as Rönnin Veto, take place on Lake Längelmävesi. The solemn names of events, such as ‘World Championships', demonstrate Finnish anglers' ardent zeal – and sometimes quite considerable fanaticism – about their pastime. Many competitions are open to all interested participants.
Photo: Petteri Kontila
A trolling competition on Lake Rahajärvi, Inari.
Delicacies at fish fairs
About 50 fish fair events are organised every year, offering a diverse range of delicious fish dishes to be enjoyed on the spot, fresh fish and various preserved fish products, accompanied by plenty of additional entertainment. The largest events are the Helsinki and Turku Baltic Herring Fairs organised every autumn and the Tampere Fish Fair, held every spring and autumn.
Fish fair calendar (in Finnish)
Photo: Veli-Pekka Räty
Fish fairs offer fried vendace and many other fish delicacies. Tampere Fish Fair.
Brand new tackle at hunting and fishing fairs
Fishing and nature enthusiasts gather at hunting and fishing fairs, a few of which are organised every year. The most well-known events are the Riihimäki International Sportsmen's Fair, the Northern Finland Outdoor Life Fair in Oulu and the Savo Wilderness Fair in Kuopio. The fairs present a diverse range of tackle, clothing and travel offering and, naturally, the latest product innovations.
Photo: Petteri Kontila
Kuopio hosts the Savo Wilderness Fair every other year.