The Northern stretch of the Baltic Sea from Vaasa to the Swedish Border in the North at Tornio provides hundreds of miles of coastline within unspoilt surroundings. Like the Southern Baltic the water has very little salt and is also brackish. This results in the fish species found being similar to those normally found in the lakes & rivers e.g. Roach, Bream, Pike, Perch, Zander, etc. The visiting salt water fish such as the Flounder that frequent the Southern Baltic are not found in the northern regions but there are abundant number of Atlantic Salmon & Sea Trout.
One key difference between the Southern and Northern Baltic regions is the fact that the Salmon no longer feed in the open Sea in the North. This makes it far less likely for them to be caught of rod & line until the fish enter the rivers to spawn where they will fall to traditional Salmon angling methods by anglers fishing Oulujoki, Simojoki, Kemijoki and Torniojoki amongst others.
Licensed net fishing for Atlantic Salmon is common in the Northern Baltic and hitching a ride our with an old Sea-dog to check his nets is a rewarding way to see how locals fish. Some of the Salmon reach huge sizes and of course smoked over an open fire make a great meal at the end of the day. Early spring and late Autumn once the water has cooled down sees the arrival of the Sea-Trout. These are often caught by anglers fishing from boats, trolling lures into the dark hours.
The Northern Baltic has fewer numbers of islands than the Southern Baltic but there are still many and when combined with the numerous bays, inlets and estuaries there are many places for fish to shoal and plenty food to sustain them.
The Northern Baltic waters are home to masses of Baltic Herring and many other smaller prey fish such as the various strains of Whitefish, Smelt and Roach that provide the predator fish plenty of food enabling them to grow to large sizes.
The Northern Baltic region is home to huge amounts of Perch with fewer numbers of Pike and Zander than found in the South. During the Summer months it is possible to catch the Baltic Herring jigging with Sabiki rigs which can be great fun in itself but is also a very effective method for proving bait for the predators. A small Baltic Herring drifted from the back of boat under a float set a few feet deep has been the downfall of many a good sized Perch.
The Northern Baltic also offers good general coarse fishing with Roach & Bream being abundant. These can be caught using traditional coarse fishing methods in large numbers. A spot of pre-baiting will work wonders & ensure a bulging net at the end of the day.
Accommodation in the Northern Baltic is not difficult to find with many reasonably priced hotels in the bigger cities & towns. For those wishing to experience a more traditional Scandinavian way of life, I would recommend to rent a Summer cottage. There are many available for hire throughout the year either on a daily or weekly basis. The cottages of course vary in comfort levels & services they provide, which is often reflected in the price. It's possible to rent cottages that come with all mod-cons including electricity, running hot & cold water, TV, fridge, sauna, shower, etc. For the more adventurous they can be little more than four walls, bed, roof over the head and pile of wood with an axe provided.
It is also possible to find cottages that are supplied with a boat that will enable the angler more flexibility with his or her fishing.
For those that prefer even less home comforts that the summer cottage will provide there is of course the opportunity to take advantage of the Everyman's right and hitch a lift to one of the many uninhabited islands with a tent.
Whilst perhaps not as productive as the Southern Baltic, the Northern Baltic has plenty to offer the travelling angler and some of Finland´s best Salmon & Sea-Trout rivers can be found between Oulu & Tornio.