Hoikanlampi Pond is an easily accessible local fishing destination in Kajaani that is open for everyone. Its convenient location makes the pond an excellent place to arrange fishing events for children and young people. Hoikanlampi is also a great place for beginners who want to start fishing on their own.
Just over five hectares in area, Hoikanlampi is located in the immediate vicinity of the Kainuu Brigade and is easy to reach using public transport or by bicycle. The pond has a fitness trail, a campfire site, an outhouse, pier, and children’s play area, which make it a great hiking destination for the entire family. Finland’s national fish is the perch, and it’s definitely the top catch at Hoikanlampi!
Metsähallitus and fishing associations in the area want to cooperate to give children, young people and everyone with an interest in fishing the opportunity to try catching perch near the city. You don’t always have to leave Kajaani to go fishing!
Hoikanlampi is a pleasant bicycle ride from the city centre and cycling paths lead directly to the pond. You can also get to Hoikanlampi using public transport. The Kajaani Public Transport buses running along line 3 to the Brigade stop near the pond. The schedules and route maps are available at the Kajaani Public Transport website (kajaani.fi) > (only in Finnish)
If you come in your own car, there’s a parking area beside the main gate to the Brigade (Prikaatintie 105). During the summer, there is also space for a few cars along Prikaatintie on the eastern side of the pond. Please note that parking in the yards of the homes located near the pond is not allowed without permission from the owners.
A trail circles the pond, which also has a campfire site, shelter and outhouses. Hoikanlampi has a pier, children’s play area and an unofficial swimming beach. The water is not tested, and swimming in the pond takes place at your own risk.
The shelter is intended for short-term hiking use when eating snacks or seeking protection from the rain. Overnight stays are not allowed. There is no firewood maintenance, so you should bring your own wood if you want to build a campfire. Some service stuctures are in bad condition and will be repaired and partly pulled down in 2019 and 2020. Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd is responsible for the service structures at Hoikanlampi Pond.
You can check the guide and terrain maps for the area in the Excursionmap.fi service >
Click on the image to see a map that shows, for example, the parking areas and bus stops. You can also download the map here (PDF, 1 Mb) >
NB! The northernmost shelter will be pulled down in 2019 due to its bad condition.
The pond is not stocked regularly, but the fish population is supplemented occasionally by transferring large perch from other lakes located nearby. This means that catching one of our national fish is possible – or even likely! Along with perch, the fish stock in Hoikanlampi includes cyprinids and pike. The water quality in Hoikanlampi is good and all the fish that you catch can be eaten.
Fishing at Hoikanlampi is subject to general fishing rights and is permitted all year round. Anyone can fish with a hook and line or ice fish without a separate permit. Lure fishing with one rod and lure is free of charge for anyone under the age of 18 or over the age of 65. People aged 18-64 can fish with a lure after paying the fisheries management fee >
Fishing according to general fishing rights may be temporarily limited in conjunction with events. The upcoming events are listed later on this page.
The following fishing regulations must be observed at Hoikanlampi:
Please respect your catch and ensure that edible fish are processed appropriately.
A responsible fisher also submits a catch report at the end of the fishing session in the Tuikki.fi service > (only in Finnish).
Catch reports help us to assess the status of fish stocks in the pond. Hoikanlampi is a small pond and the fish population cannot tolerate unlimited fishing even when only lure gear is used.
Please take other fishers and recreational users near the pond into consideration during your fishing trip. The more the merrier!
Events at Hoikanlampi are held by associations like Kainuun vapaa-ajankalastajat (Recreational fishers of Kainuu) and Kainuun kalatalouskeskus (Kainuu fisheries centre).
For the first time ever, Hoikanlampi will be part of the Angling Day event organised by Finnish Federation for Recreational Fishing and Metsähallitus! Angling Day gives children and young people the chance to fish with guidance.
Read more >
Would you like to arrange a fishing event at Hoikanlampi? Contact fishing instructor Matti Kulju from the Kainuun vapaa-ajankalastajien organisation (050 3697667, matti.kulju(a)vapaa-ajankalastaja.fi) or Executive Manager Jaakko Muurimäki from Kainuun kalatalouskeskus (0440 946557, jaakko(a)muikkusuomi.fi).
The perch has been designated as Finland’s national fish – and for good reason! Finland’s most common fish can be found is nearly all parts of the country. The first fish a Finn catches is often a striped perch.
The perch is a rewarding species because it can be caught all year round and the equipment is inexpensive. An ordinary hook and line or ice fishing rod is a great way to start.
Perch stocks are strong in many waters and there are plenty of fish to catch. However, the release of large perch over 35 cm in length is recommended. Large fish are valuable in terms of maintaining the vitality of fish stocks, because they produce more viable offspring than their smaller compatriots. Perch that weigh less than 500 g are the tastiest to eat in any case, so the largest perch are more beneficial when left in their own home waters!
Read more about perch fishing (vapaa-ajankalastajalehti.fi) > (only in Finnish)