Lake Pielinen, lying between Juuka, Nurmes and Lieksa to the north of the City of Joensuu, is the fourth largest lake in Finland.
Lake Pielinen is a diverse fishing destination. While it is an excellent pike and zander lake, it is also home to landlocked salmon and brown trout.
Big pike and plenty of zander
The lake is rich in big pike and over 10-kilo specimens are caught every year. Good pike sites include bay waters and island areas.
The Nurmes and Lieksa areas and the southern part of the lake abound in excellent bay waters.
The edges of mid-lake shallows are great spots for catching zander.
Zander thrive in the darkish waters of Lake Pielinen and the largest specimens weigh several kilos.
In late summer, a good way to make a catch during daytime is jigging for zander at 4 to 10 metres.
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