In Finland, the number of recreational fishermen totalled 1.5 million in 2016, while there were nearly 1.6 million two years before. Of the Finnish population, more than one in four is engaged in recreational fishing. Of Finnish males, more than one in three is a recreational fisherman, while nearly 20% of females go fishing.
The most recent estimates of the number of recreational fishermen have varied between slightly below 1.5 million and 1.6 million. Of all recreational fishermen, every one in three is a female.
– The number of fishermen has decreased from the level of two million at the beginning of the 2000s by nearly one quarter, says senior statistician Pentti Moilanen from the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).
Whitefish and pikeperch catches increased, perch and pike catches decreased
The catch made by recreational fishermen increased slightly compared with 2014 when the previous statistics of recreational fishing were compiled. The whitefish and pikeperch catch, together with the roach catch, increased the most. Instead, perch and pike catches decreased. However, they accounted for nearly half of the total catch of 30 million kilos.
Net fishing accounted for 40% while, in 2000, net fishermen caught half of the total catch. Fish caught by using a spinning rod or by trolling accounted for a total of 26%. Fish caught using a hook and line or a jig covered nearly 10% of the total catch.
– Currently, many recreational fishermen prefer active fishing methods in place of net fishing. The traditional hook and line is still the most popular piece of fishing equipment, Moilanen says.
The information is based on a survey with a sampling of 7,500 people living in various parts of Finland, whose names were obtained from the Population Register. A survey was posted to them at the beginning of the year. In addition, a sample of those who failed to respond to the survey was interviewed by telephone.