Pike-perch prefer cloudy and deep waters, and they are not comfortable in small lakes. The oxygen need of pike-perch is fairly large and they prefer warm water; for that reason they are not found in Northern Finland. As fry, pike-perch feed on plankton; as adults they are predators. Pike-perch begin a fish diet when they have attained a length of 5-15 cm. The spawning season is May-June. Fishing rod equipment, primarily wobblers, lures and jigs, are generally used to catch pike-perch. The greatest chance to catch a pike-perch on a rod is during June-July. Most pike-perch caught weigh 1-2 kg. The largest pike-perch caught in Finnish waters is 13.7 kg.
Next to the perch, pike is the most common fish found in Finland's inland waters, on the shores of the Baltic Sea or in the Archipelago. The pike is undemanding concerning water quality. On the other hand, aquatic flora are essential for pike. The pike is a fairly local fish. It is also a predatory fish that eats fish 4-5 cm in length. Pike spawn in April-May immediately after the ice has melted. Pike are caught by professional as well as recreational fishermen with a wide range of fishing gear. When rod fishing, wobblers, flies or lures are generally used, although fly-fishing for pike is also popular. Most pike caught weigh 1-5 kg but specimens of over 10 kg can be found. The largest pike caught in Finnish waters is 17.6 kg. It is worth noting that all giant pike are females. The greatest chance to catch a big pike on a rod is during spring, in the months of April and May, and in autumn in the months of August and October. Please find additional information in fishing areas section.
SALMON Salmo salar
The salmon is a migratory fish which needs clean, cool water. Spawning time is in the autumn during October-November and the spawning grounds are situated in flowing water currents and in vegetation areas in the sea. Land-locked salmon spawning grounds are found in lakes, the only original example in Finland being the water system at Vuoksi. Young salmon feed on insects and aquatic macroinvertebrates; when older they also consume fish, aquatic insects and small crustaceans. Lures, wobblers and flies are generally used to catch Salmon. The greatest chance to catch a salmon on a rod in rivers is 15 June - 30 October. The best time for salmon trolling at sea is June-July and on lake early spring and late autumn. : Please find additional information in fishing areas section. Most salmon caught weigh 4-20 kg, but over 20 kg can be found. The largest salmon caught in Finnish waters is 27.4 kg.
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