If you are interested in trying fishing in a lake, river, and sea setting, look no further than the Kotka-Hamina region on Finland's southern coast just over an hour's drive from Helsinki. Here you'll find River Kymi ("Kymijoki" in Finnish) – one of the longest rivers in Finland – as well as many small freshwater lakes, and the Baltic Sea coast all in one place. Because of the versatility of the waters in this area, there's plenty of fish species to be caught.
From the sea area you can find pike, perch, zander, salmon, whitefish, and herring, as well as stocked species like sea trout, rainbow trout, grayling, and vimba bream. From the Kymijoki River you can find e.g. sea salmon. The average weight of salmon caught from the river has been around six kilos in recent years. In addition to sea salmon, the Kymijoki River is home to migratory fish such as trout, lamprey, vimba bream, and whitefish.
There are plenty of places to stay and things to do in this historical region. You'll find everything from well-maintained camping sites and cottages to hotels and extraordinary accommodation here. To read more, go to visitkotkahamina.fi.
Local tip: To gain a broader perspective on maritime life and its significance to this region, visit the impressive Maritime Centre Vellamo in Kotka. The centre includes the Maritime Museum of Finland, Kymenlaakso Museum, and the Coast Guard Museum.