For many, fishing is a life-long hobby that provides countless stories to tell and crystal clear unforgettable memories. You can truly live in the moment on the fishing waters of Ylläs.
The King of Fishes
The River Tornion–Muonionjoki or Väylä is the dream destination for many fishermen and women. The clear number one catch on the fish wishing list is the salmon. The creature bouncing at the end of the line can indeed be quite the whopper, because the Baltic Sea salmon is a long-living fish. Salmon fishing is not without its tricks and intricacies, and you can best learn them by going fishing with a guide. Boat rental and guided trips are provided by the holiday rentals Lappean Loma and Sportia Ylläs, for example.
The River Äkäsjoki is an important spawning river for the sea trout. So, if you want to catch the big one, head for Äkäsjoki to find these shiny upstream swimming fish. The red and black spotted brown trout is found from brooks. Remember to set free the small trout you catch in river rapids, because they are not brown trout, but merely undersized trout.
The grayling is common company for a rod fisher in Ylläs – and delicious company at that! The small-mouthed grayling primarily eats animals living on the riverbed. In the summer, graylings like to gobble on insects sitting on the surface
of the water. Examples of good grayling waters are the River Äkäsjoki and the River Muonionjoki, from which graylings as big as 2 kilograms are caught each year.
The Crocodile of the Quiet Waters
You throw the spoon bait into a shallow inlet. A splash is heard on the left, and something big shoots forward. A surging torrent of water approaches your spoon bait. In the next moment, the voracious hunter lunges at your bait. Your
heart misses a beat, the rod shakes, the line tightens and the reel brake starts singing to the rhythm of the whopping 3-kilogram pike. The waters of Ylläs will leave no pike-hunting fisherman without prey.
Honour the Stripecoats
I am sitting by a campfire and watch the silent forest lake. I rise up, because I see whirls on the surface – the fish are out to dinner. And how! I throw the bait into the water and one always bites. The stripecoat army is hungry! Four perches half a kilo each is enough for me: from them I can prepare a delicious fish-on-astick dinner. Perch can be found in nearly all of the lakes and quiet waters of the rivers of the Ylläs area.