The wild lakes and streams of Quebec offer anglers great opportunities to pursue a number of species using a variety of fishing techniques. Whether fly fishing tackle or a bait casting rod feels best in your hand, Quebec offers great fishing conditions.
Rules and Regulations
A sport-fishing license is required before taking to the waters in Quebec. Licenses vary with special considerations given for anglers over the age of 65. Short term licenses reduce the cost for visitors who plan to spend a vacation fishing. Fishing for Atlantic salmon and burbot require special permits. Purchase a fishing license at any bait or tackle shop in the province. A angler is required to produce the license on the request of any game and fish regulatory officer.
Quebec offers a wide variety of fish species depending on the waters. Some lakes and streams contain species such as bass, pike, walleye and muskellunge. These species all prey on smaller fish and are often taken with live bait or artificial lures. Other waters in Quebec contain species related to the salmon family. These include Atlantic and landlocked salmon as well as lake, brown, rainbow and brook trout and char and whitefish. Lesser species, but still great sporting fish, include perch, sturgeon and catfish. Anglers can choose their waters based on the fish species they wish to pursue although many waters contain multiple species of fish offering variety of options in the same location.
Fishing is a year around passion in Quebec. Ice fishing is popular during the winter months. Anglers drill holes through the ice and drop lures into the water. While the sport requires cold weather clothing it can be a comfortable way to enjoy some sport through the long winter. Fishing through the summer months can involve powerboats on large lakes or shore fishing in streams or lakes. Check local regulations for information on any closed seasons in the spring of the year.
Catch and Release
Many sportsmen prefer to release their catch to help maintain a viable population in the fishery. In some waters, this is mandatory but can be practiced on a voluntary basis in any lake or stream. The best practices for catch and release fishing include using small barbless hook and handling the fish as little as possible. A quick photograph of the fish provides proof of the catch. The memories of a fish caught and released are just as vivid as one taken from the lake.
Fishing Lodges – there are plenty to chose from!
Air Melançon Fly-In Outposts
Quebec, Canada’s Fly-In Outfitter offers wilderness outposts camps with wildlife hunting and fishing territories, exclusively controlled by Air Melançon. Our camps have more than 40 remote lakes that provide premium fishing opportunities. In addition, air taxi service, sightseeing tours and wilderness canoe trips are available to your chosen destination.
When Air Melançon was founded in 1957 , its primary objective was to make Quebec’s backwoods accessible to everyone. Since its inception, the airline has four main goals, which are to:
– Take the mystery out of bush flying.
– Offer top quality service.
– Guarantee a high level of safety.
– Showcase the wealth of hunting and fishing in the forests of Quebec.
Berthelot Lake Lodge Inc.
Berthelot Lake Lodge gives you the choice of staying at a fly-in outpost camp or the drive-in main lodge. At the main camp, there are American and European package plans. If its fishing you want, Berthelot’s Air Service will fly you out to one of several outpost camps or lakes where northern pike and trophy walleyes swim in abundance. There is no end to the waterfront available at Berthelot Lake Lodge. The Maricourt Lake and Berthelot Lake extend for over 14 miles, collectively. In addition to numerous islands, four main rivers flow through the wilderness, providing visitors with outstanding springtime fishing and many miles of hunting land. The lack of other lakeside camps keeps the several hundred miles of shoreline to remain unscathed by pollutants.
Chalets Scarf/Chalets du Huard
Chalets Scarf is a drive-in and boat-in fishing and hunting lodge in Quebec. After being being transported via boat across the spectacular Lake Kipawa for one mile, you will arrive at Chalets Scarf’s main camp. Once at the camp, you will have access to lake trout, northern pike and walleye fishing. Moose hunting, housekeeping and American plans are available. At Chalets Scarf, there are nine upgraded shoreline cottages, each with enough outdoor space for sufficient privacy and indoor space to house 3-10 people. Every cottage boasts a private dock, picnic table and outdoor fireplace. All cottages have a fully equipped kitchen. Bedding is supplied by Chalets Scarf. And the cottages have indoor plumbing facilities, separate bedrooms, a lake-facing living room and a wood or oil heating unit.
Eastern Canadian Outfitters and Pourvoirie Mer Bleue
Diverse fishing opportunities abound at Pourvoirie Mer Bleue. Lac Mer Bleue, which is our main lake, contains an amazing array of fish such as brown bullheads, lake trout, perch, pike, pumpkinseed, smallmouth bass and walleyes, all of which can be had from your personal lakeside cabin. The smaller, outlying lakes of Pourvoirie Mer Bleue also boast brook trout. In each cottage, there is hot and cold indoor plumbing, electricity, a stove, a refrigerator, a microwave and fully equipped bathrooms and kitchens. Every cottage has enough comfortable beds to accommodate 2-10 people; each bed is outfitted with a new mattress.
Pourvoirie Mer Bleue is located a short 1.5 hours away from Ottawa – Gatineau and only three hours from the United States/Canadian border. Visit our website, and you will immediately notice that our rustic and luxury accommodations not only meet, but also exceed our guests’ expectations.
Lake Sasseginaga Outpost
The “Lake of many islands,” Lake Sasseginaga, is situated 100 miles northwest from North Bay, Ontario. At Lake Sasseginaga, walleye are the most caught fish. Lake trout and northern pike are also found in abundance.
Known to locals as the “Lake of many islands,” Lake Sasseginaga is our outpost home that contains numerous shoals and unique structures. These features help make our lakeside camps the perfect surrounding for catching our main fish, the walleye. And thanks to the lake trout and northern pike that swim alongside the walleye, Lake Sasseginaga is a fantastic fishing and vacation destination.
Lake Ogascanan Lodge and Outposts
The epitome of the Quebec fishing experience awaits you at Lake Ogascanan Lodge, which is located 60 miles into the rugged Quebec outback. Because we are the sole outfitter and land owner of the 15-mile Lake Ogascanan, yellow and blue walleyes thrive in our lake. Impressive northern pike tend to attack the walleye while on stringers and hooks. And eye-popping lake trout weigh in up to 35 pounds.
At Lake Ogascanan Lodge, there is a main camp and five remote outposts reachable only by boat access. We provide guests with excellent cabins and quality boats containing new motors. This is a family owned and operated outpost business, and quality service is our main goal.
Pourvoirie Landriault Outfitters on Lake Kipawa
At Lake Kipawa, lake trout, northern pike and walleye rule the waters. Located an hour away from North Bay, Ontario in Quebec’s southwest region, we are a boat-access, remotely situated lodge that provides transportation to guests. Lake Kipawa is bordered by the communities of Keboawek Reserve, Kipawa and Laniel. The sparkling waters of Lake Kipawa boast secluded channels and bays as well as huge drop-offs, making it a fisherman’s dream come true.
St. Cyr Royal Lodge
The St. Cyr Royal is a five-star, all-inclusive, fly-in lodge situated in the picture-perfect Quebec region of Abitibi. Roughing it “luxury style” is the embodiment of St. Cyr Royal. Our full-service lodge is centrally located within 75,000 acres of wilderness where we have exclusive hunting and fishing rights. Visitors can be assured of first-class quality and serious trophy fish thanks to our catch-and-release fishing policy and 14-fisherman maximum capacity rule.
Wapoos Sibi Fish and Game Club
The Wapoos Sibi Fish and Game Club offers visitors 44 exclusive territory lakes and eight lodges, all of which are situated on 60 square acres of spectacular Canadian forests. Our comfortable main fishing and hunting lodge accommodates anywhere from 6-20 people. Each bedroom window provides a panoramic of view of the serene Lac Long, and a chef is available to provide a wide array of cuisine. Regardless of what fish is biting, the walleye, northern pike, speckled trout or Quebec red trout, every fishing experience is an amazing one.