Already in the 19th century the Finnish novelist Juhani Aho, a fly fishing enthusiast, praised the merits of Nurmijoki that has consequently a long-standing reputation as an ideal fishing ground. The rapids of the river were dredged during the heyday of log floating but have been restored decades ago to enable recreational fishing and canoeing. Nowadays the rapids and lakes of the route tempt sport fishers from near and far. The original fish stock of the river consists of trout and grayling, but fisherman’s luck is aided by stocking fish annually. Recreational fishing is furthermore supported by releasing full-grown trout four to five times a season to the river. The committee that actively takes care of the stock of fish in the river was grounded thirty years ago by the owners of the waterbodies. During the high season the first rapids of the route may be a bit crowded but one does not have to go far to enjoy of the total peace of the wilderness.
The water of the lakes and river contains a small amount of humus. The lack of agriculture along the river has nevertheless ensured the purity of the water.
Both flies and lures provide catch. Fishing from canoe is possible on lakes and peaceful streams. At rapids only spinning is possible. The roads on the both sides of the river have signs leading to the fishing spots.
Haajaistenjärvi is a regulated headwater lake with an area of 450 hectares. The lake is particularly suitable for lure fishing, and the use of nets is prohibited during the fishing season (1.6.–30.9.). As the regular stocking of trout significantly raises the probability of catch, it is no wonder that Haajaistenjärvi has become a favourite target visited even from considerable distances. Pike perch is the most probable catch when the water has warmed, and the number of pike is great as well, but the main attraction of the lake is nevertheless the trout. Fish is aplenty, but the laws of nature can be cruel – the choice of the colour and size of the lure is of a grave importance. The water of the lake is quite dark, and bright red colours are the safest choice.
Sale of Fishing Licenses
Fishing licenses are sold at several places in Sonkajärvi and Iisalmi. A list of the current retailers of licenses can be asked from the citizen service of the municipality (+35840 675 0001).
It is to be noted that the rapid in Jyrkkä is not administered by the trout committee administering the rest of Nurmijoki; an additional license is required.