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Small and medium-sized lakes







Lake Fishing 

Nature has moulded the major water routes that reach every corner of the region, interspersed with numerous smaller water areas. The region is home to 2,500 lakes of more than one hectare and the largest 20 of these range from 2,000 to 26,000 hectares in size. The most typical water quality classification for the region’s lakes is ‘good’, with an average depth of 11 metres. In addition to major water routes, many small lakes are also well-stocked and interesting fishing sites.


Lake Ruovesi

The most popular forms of fishing on lakes are spinning and trolling as well as angling and jigging. And of course, ice-fishing in the winter.



When lake fishing for zander and salmonoids, the main method is trolling. When trolling, plugs (wobblers) are the most popular lures for zander, pike and salmonoids. People also use spoons for brown trout and landlocked salmon, in particular when fishing in deep waters in summer, as well as for pike. Baitfish rigs are also very popular lures today and they are effective especially for landlocked salmon and brown trout.


Lake Rautavesi


Spinning and jigging

Spoons are the most popular lures for casting for pike. Today many anglers use fish jigs, jerk baits, plugs and pike spinners for spinning pike. In early summer, zander are mostly pursued by casting a jig. Jigs work for zander during whole summer and also in autumn. Perch strike jigs and spinners voraciously in shallow spots, as do pike that thrive in bay waters. You can find more information about the fishing methods, when you go to the page that introduces the species.



Great Lakes – jewels of the Tampere Region

We will present the most important fishing sites, including the region’s major lakes with their combined licence areas (Fishing Pass licences) and quite a number of rapids fishing sites. Estimates of the strength of the most important lure fishing game fish stocks are shown on the pages detailing the lake sites (1–3 stars). The estimates are indicative and are provided in proportion to the general occurrence of different species. Therefore, the starting points for the most common game fish species, such as zander, pike and perch, are different from those applied to the more rare landlocked salmon and brown trout.


Small and medium-sized lakes
Great lakes  
Lake Tarjannevesi  
Lake Keurusselkä  
Lake Ruovesi  
Lake Näsijärvi  
Lake Längelmävesi  
Lake Vesijärvi  
Lakes Roine and Mallasvesi  
Lake Pyhäjärvi  
Lake Kyrösjärvi  
Lakes Mahnalanselkä and Kirkkojärvi  
Lakes Kulovesi and Rautavesi  

Small managed lakes:

Lake Yläinen Toriseva  
Lake Junkkarinjärvi  
Haukilampi Pond  
Suomu small lakes  

Key to symbols

 Base map © National Land Survey of Finland, 2012
Lake Area Average depth Max. Islands
  km² m m  
Näsijärvi 256 14,1 61 646
Längelmävesi 178 7,4 59 853
Pyhäjärvi 122 5,5 46 > 100
Vanajavesi 120 8 24 cirka 100
Ruovesi 109 7,3 61 dozens
Keurusselkä 97 6,4 40 > 100
Kyrösjärvi 96 10,4 47 env. 100
Mallasvesi 56 6,8 33 235
Tarjannevesi 55 12,7 68 195
Roine 55 7,4 38 309
Pälkänevesi 46 7,7 47 345
Vaskivesi-Visuvesi 46 7 62 301
Kukkia 44 5,2 36 527
Vesijärvi 40 6 39 cirka 100
Kulovesi 36 7,1 37 54
Rautavesi 30 5 26 106
Toisvesi 29 18,5 85 cirka 20
Vehkajärvi 26 5,5 20 247
Kuorevesi 24 6,2 46 dozens
Aurejärvi 21 7,4 39 dozens
Ukonselkä 20 6,3 40 dozens
Mahnalanselkä 20 4,8 26 21