June fishing in Kuolimo lake in Finland
By Szymon-Lux on Wednesday 29 June 2016, 22:26 - Permalink
There has been a long brake in my blog and there is one main reason for this: the weather in Luxembourg has been so bad that I hardly had a chance to go out fishing last two months, with a still lower chance of actually catching anything. The constant rain means that the soil has been saturated with moisture for weeks and therefore any new spell of rain ends up directly in the streams and rivers. Result: the water levels are as high as they normally are in March and fly fishing, especially with dry files is a nightmare. The water is cold and dirty, the current strong and deep. Wading is risky in many places which normally in this part of the year would be the greatest fishing spots.
Therefore, I invite you to take a look at the gallery of a fishing trip to Finland, in the beginning of the month of June. The temperature in Eastern Finland (we were some 30 km south of Mikkeli) was very high: 25 degrees every single day, with hardly any clouds on the blue skies. While such conditions are great for holidays, they are not what a pike angler is wishing for. Indeed, while we had plenty of small pikes of 50-60cm, the ones over 80cm were very rare. We did catch some nice perch though, and more importantly, for the first time in my life I caught a couple of ides.
The water temperature at the surface was around 20 degrees so the fat pikes must have gone deeper. We were not really equipped for that. Our strategy was to use jerkbaits in the shallower bays, which normally brought us many nice pikes. This time, the method was not very efficient. Sometimes we could observe big, 1 meter pikes standing still as if they were resting and paying no attention to any of my baits.
By the way, I tried fly fishing for pike but I have to say I am not impressed by this technique when it comes to pikes. Casting heavy flies with a friend next to you on a boat is a stressful experience. It also takes a toll on the arm. Three false casts or more if it's windy and after 5 hours you are dead. It could be nice if the conditions were ideal and the pikes closer to the shore. However, you can cast a jerkbait 3 times as fast and cover 3 times as much water in the same space of time. So why bother? I will try fly fishing for pike in the future but I'm not in a rush.
Ide fishing was particularly fun. The lures are exactly the same as for perch and ones I even got an ide on a copper spoon of 20g. These fish fight well. They are more agressive than chubs by far! I could fight a 45cm ide for a few minutes, certainly longer than a pike of comparable size. The best method was to cast small but very soft plastic lures towards the shore and retrieve at the slowest possible pace. The moment when an ide grabs the bait is worth waiting for. It's a hit and run!
With this method, I also had some rudds and breams, by the way :)