Ice fishing in Finland is to sit out in the white expanse of the country’s frozen, snow-covered lakes, watching for that tantalising tug on the line, waiting. You’ve walked out over the ice to your favourite spot, perhaps with a friend, and drilled a hole that you now huddle over, waiting. Out here in the middle of nowhere, with no-one else around, the silence rings in your ears at first, fresh snow settles around you, and your mind drifts meditatively away as you stare at the water’s surface, waiting.
When spring comes to Saimaa, along with the sunshine, it’s the perfect time to escape into the frozen beyond. You don’t need a licence to go ice fishing in Finland, but you can easily pick up an ice fishing rod very affordably, as well as other essentials like an ice drill or auger, in larger towns such as Mikkeli and Savonlinna which have both been established on the lake’s shoreline.
One of the more advanced and at the same time higher priced fish finder devices is the Humminbird 898C HD Side Imaging fish finder. The high price gives you more features, which for some might be very useful, while for others not that necessary.