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Saaremaa, Estonia’s largest island is almost addictive: it is best to spend one’s holiday away from the mainland, in a completely different scenery. Thanks to its mild climate and lime-rich soil, Saaremaa has a very diverse flora and fauna and offers amazing fishing opportunities. There are several accessible fishing spots in Kuressaare and its surrounding areas.

The accessible fishing spots of Saaremaa provide a great opportunity not only for wheelchair users or visually impaired people, but also for fishing hobbyists bringing along a baby pram. The fishing spots are provided with small tables for keeping the fishing supplies and benches for sitting. There are also handicapped parking spots available. There information boards provide a brief overview of each fishing spot, also in Braille. Additional information in the form of subtitled video or sound files can be obtained by using the QR code. The nearest wheelchair accessible restroom is located in Kuressaare behind the Town Hall.

Fishing spots

Kuressaare fishing spot is located next to Kuressaare City Harbour and provides a great view to Kuressaare Episcopal Castle, which is one of the most impressive and best-preserved fortresses in Estonia. The castle, built between the 14th and 19thcenturies, is one of the most remarkable buildings in Northern Europe. The fishing spot in Kuressaare as well as the other four fishing spots near the city are equipped with benches and small tables for fishing equipment.

The Roomassaare Harbour fishing spot is a 10 minute drive from Kuressaare Port. The port was named the best small port in Estonia and it has had the Blue Flag since 1998.

The site between Suurlaht and Linnulaht bays, in the Mullutu-Loode Limited Conservation Area, is also a nice area with extensive reed beds and an abundance of birds.

Nasva fishing site is located by the river next to the Nasva Club. The river is 3 km long. It runs from Mullutu-Suurlaht into Suur Katel in the Baltic Sea. The river is unique due to its two-directional flow. During periods of high water, the water flows from the bays to the sea; during dry periods, the flow of the Nasva river turns around and the salt water enters the bays.

Salme fishing site is located by the River Salme, near the seaside. The river is only 4.4 km long and connects the Gulf of Riga and the Baltic Sea.

The fish

The first ‘herald of spring’ for fishermen in the fishing spots of Saaremaa is the roach (Rutilus rutilus). The body of the roach is covered by relatively large and symmetrically arranged scales and it inhabits shallows by the shores and other muddy areas with rich plant life. It feeds on seaweed and plant debris.

However, the most popular fish in the fishing spots of Saaremaa is the European perch (Perca fluviatilis). This brightly coloured fish inhabits lakes, rivers, ponds, bays and brackish waters. Perches feed on zooplankton and other fish. Due to being numerous and widespread, they are also prey to several other fish and sea birds.

Good to know!

Fishing with one simple hand line is free of charge to everyone, but the current fishing regulations must be followed. A simple hand line consists of a rod, a line of the length of up to 1.5 lengths of the rod, and a single-pronged hook; only natural may be used for fishing with it and it may be equipped with a weight and a floater. In order to use different fishing gear, a recreational fishing permit must be purchased through the website www.pilet.ee. A copy of the payment receipt can be used as proof of the right to fish.

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