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River Merikarvianjoki - so near, but so far away from it all


Photo: Niko Ala-Uotila
There are splendid places for fishing on River Merikarvianjoki.

River Merikarvianjoki is one of the most popular fishing sites in Southern Finland. Its rapids offer a splendid setting for fly-fishing and spinning.

There is a 24-kilometre stretch of combined licence area covering numerous rapids and torrents. The most extensive rapids areas include the Lankoski, Puukoski, Stäävitkoski-Vaadinkoski and Holmankoski Rapids, which are also among the most popular spots within the fishing area. The fishing sites are clearly signposted and there is a campfire/lean-to site as well as a toilet in each rapids area.


Rainbow trout is a common game species on River Merikarvianjoki and on many other rivers and rapids fishing sites in Finland. Rainbow trout are pursued using colourful flies, small plugs and spoons.

Long fishing season

Fishing is allowed all year round on River Merikarvianjoki. The open-water season from March or April through to the turn of November and December allows fishing in varying conditions. In the winter, you can also try out ice-fishing on the river.

Photo: Kimmo Puosi 
Fish took a fly!
Fish took a fly!

River Merikarvianjoki is restocked with rainbow trout regularly, from the moment the ice has broken up through to late autumn, guaranteeing anglers good odds of making a catch throughout the fishing season. The average size of stocked rainbow trout is around 1.5 kilos, but the river is also restocked with specimens weighing over 5 kilos. Effective flies for rainbow trout include, in particular, leeches in red-and-black or orange-and-red colours. Pupae and larvae and similar smaller flies work in olive green. Other lures that work for rainbow trout include small plugs, spoons, spinners and spinning flies.

Photo: Pete-Jukka Rinteelä 
River Merikarvianjoki is flowing through fields and forests.
River Merikarvianjoki is flowing through fields and forests.

Immediately after the ice breaks up, sea trout start their spring migration upriver, continuing through to June. Their second migration starts in late summer and continues until late autumn. In addition to stimulating lures, you can pursue sea trout with natural imitation flies, including dry flies. Effective colour combinations include yellow/black and orange/black.

Salmon generally start migrating upriver at the turn of July and August. The best time to catch salmon is in the autumn. The discharge of the river plays a major role in terms of salmon activity; often the best time is when the flow starts to recede after rising. It’s worth tempting salmon with tube flies and smaller hook flies, whereas the most effective spinning lures include traditional salmon plugs as well as spoons and spinners. Good colour combinations include black, violet, brown, red and yellow, among others.

Photo: Niko Ala-Uotila 
Salmon of Lankoski Rapids.
Salmon of Lankoski Rapids.

Would you like to stay at the seaside or by the river?

Merikarvia offers diverse options for accommodation: there are cottages, hotels and camp sites along the river. There are also various options if you wish to enjoy your holiday at the seaside. Fishing guide services are also available on River Merikarvianjoki.

You are welcome to fish on River Merikarvianjoki!

Photo: Eumer 
There are good services available for anglers.
There are good services available for anglers.
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Length:27 km
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