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River Kokemäenjoki - a stream of adventures


Photo: Kimmo Puosi
Sea trout from Arantilankoski Rapids 6,7 kg.

As a whole, River Kokemäenjoki offers highly diverse opportunities for sports fishing for a wide variety of species.

Lower river section

The lower section of River Kokemäenjoki with its delta area is famous for big zander. The area also offers good catches of species such as perch and pike. Popular forms of fishing include trolling and jigging.

Photo: Kimmo Puosi 
Ruskilankoski Rapids.
Ruskilankoski Rapids.

Nakkila Rapids

The Nakkila Rapids offer excellent opportunities for fly-fishing and spinning for species such as salmon, sea trout and rainbow trout.

The combined fishing area covers a stretch of 11 kilometres, including seven rapids and torrent spots. The river mostly flows amidst forests and groves, providing delightful fishing experiences in the heart of nature. These rapids offer great chances of catching the king species, salmon and sea trout.

Photo: Kimmo Puosi 
Wearing out a salmon.
Wearing out a salmon.

The Nakkila Rapids are one of the most reliable sites in Finland – if not the most reliable – to get up close and personal with migrating trout fresh from the sea. The area also offers good chances of finding salmon. Salmon start rising into the river around Midsummer and the fishing season continues through to the autumn. There are also plenty of asp in the rapids and the best fishing season runs from May to August. The rapids are restocked with rainbow trout from spring through to autumn, guaranteeing anglers a great chance of making a catch.

Accommodation and fishing guide services are available for anglers.

Photo: Eeva-Liisa Tuominen 
Big zander in the upper reaches of River Kokemäenjoki.
Big zander in the upper reaches of River Kokemäenjoki.

Fishing the middle and upper river sections

In the section of River Kokemäenjoki lying between the Harjavalta and Kolsi power plants, anglers opt for trolling, spinning, jigging and ice-fishing lures, baited hooks, and hooks and lines. The most common catches are pike and perch, but the river also yields plenty of rainbow trout, zander, bream and roach.

Trolling is a popular form of fishing in the section between the Kolsi area of Kokemäki and the Äetsä power plant. Sought-after game species include brown trout, rainbow trout, zander, pike, perch and asp.

Photo: Eeva-Liisa Tuominen 
River scenery in Kokemäki.
River scenery in Kokemäki.

Sports fishing is popular in the uppermost fishing area of River Kokemäenjoki, lying between the Äetsä and Tyrvää power plants, and there are also trolling and other such competitions in the area. The perch stock is good in this area and the fish are sizeable. Other game species include brown trout, rainbow trout, pike, zander, burbot and asp.

There are plenty of accommodation and recreational services available in the areas surrounding the middle and upper sections of River Kokemäenjoki.

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