Located in the Kainuu region and the 5th largest lake in Finland at almost 1000 square kilometers, Oulujärvi offers wide & varied fishing for everyone. The lake is a vast sprawling span of water dotted with islands, peninsulas and bays that provide hot-spots for the predator hunter.
Oulujärvi has an average depth of 7 meters dropping to approx 40 meters in the deepest areas. Trolling lures with a down-rigger set just 1-2 meters off the bottom will provide decent Pike, Zander, Trout, Lake Salmon & Perch. On a warm summers evening trolling with lures 1-2 meters below the surface can provide fast & furious action as the predators feed on the shoals of Vendace and other small prey fish up high in the water.
Oulujärvi has a dense population of Pike with many fish falling to trolled lures being in the range of 2-3 kilos. Larger specimens (10 kg +) will also fall to the lure along with decent sized Zander. The occasional Trout or Lake Salmon ensures plenty of variety.
Large parts of Oulujärvi have a very shallow shoreline so the shore angler will need to check that they are able to get baits out to where the fish are. Dead-baiting from the shore or one of the islands can also provide great fishing with some of the bigger fish falling to the method. Traditional ledger of float fished (either static or drifted) roach will usually do the trick.
Oulujärvi also provides good coarse fishing for the non predator hunter with Roach, Bream, Whitefish & occasional Ide showing their heads in fantastic surroundings.
A lure fishing licence is personal to the individual and covers the entire lake, with the exception of small area of waters belonging to the Säräisniemi and Niska fishing associations. There is currently no limit on the number of rods that can be used. I tend to troll with two-four rods but have had some of my best catches on days when I have just used one - One rod fished well will outscore 10 rods fished poorly on most occasions.
Licenses can be purchased either locally at the shops listed below or online at:
Shops and outlets selling Oulujärvi licenses:
Intersport (Kajaani), Shell Kontiomäki, Viihde ja Vapaa-aika (Paltamo), K-Market (Vaala), Seo-Otanmäki, the Ihme café, (Jaalanka), the Manamansalo camping area (Teeriniemi), TB-Purola (Kajaani), Ase ja Optiikka Korhonen (Kajaani).
Additional Oulujärvi licenses can be bought by paying direct to the Oulujärvi fishing region bank account: 576003-2184616. Please indicate “yhtenäislupa vuosi” (joint licence for one year) or “yhtenäislupa viikko” (for one week) in the reference field. Remember to state the desired period for the one week licence, otherwise the week will be counted as starting from the day of payment.