Fishing is a pastime outdoor activity that is enjoyed by many. Although there are a lot of destinations across Canada that are great for fishing days or fishing excursions, there is nowhere quite like Quebec to provide you with the ultimate fishing experience.
Whether it be the stunning fishing landscapes and bodies of water or the vast array of species of fish, Quebec really is the ultimate fishing destination. Keep reading to discover how to get the most out of your fishing experience and where to go!
What kind of fish are in Quebec?
Quebec offers a large variety of fish, making it the ultimate fishing spot. Below is a list of the fish that you can expect to find across various locations in Quebec.
- Brook Trout/Speckled Trout
- Northern Pike
- Atlantic Salmon
- Lake Trout
- Landlocked Salmon
- Arctic Char
- Smallmouth Bass
- Lake Sturgeon
There is a huge variety of fishing possibilities in Quebec, which is what makes it such a world-class destination for fishermen. This is especially the case for casual, recreational fishermen!
Where are the best places to go fishing in Quebec?
So, you know what fish are available to catch in Quebec and you know that there are a wide range of possibilities waiting for you there. However, where exactly do you need to go to find the best fishing spots in Quebec? Below is a list of places to help you determine where to go fishing in Quebec in order to get the most out of your trip:
Lac Mistassini is not just a plentiful fishing spot, but also an extremely beautiful body of water, like most lakes in Quebec. However, this one in particular stands out above the rest due to the fact that by surface area, it is the largest natural lake in Quebec. This lake is well known for producing a large number of brook trout, walleye and pike.
St Lawrence River
The St Lawrence River is an extremely impressive body of water, as it spans 700 miles across Ontario and Quebec, eventually bringing itself into contact with the Atlantic Ocean. The site offers impressive fishing, activities on the lake and plenty of recreational activities.
The St Lawrence River is known for producing an impressive amount of fish each year, but it is most common to catch smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye and sturgeon.
Lac St Pierre
Lac St Pierre is in close proximity to the St Lawrence River as it is actually a widening of the river. This means that it is easily accessible, especially from Montreal and Quebec City, making it a great weekend getaway or day excursion. Brilliant for fly fishing, Lac St Pierre is open for fishers from May to November in order to make the most of the large amount of pike, smallmouth bass and walleye.
The Broadback River is situated in Northern Quebec and is well known to have some of the best trout fishing in Quebec. One of the best things about the Broadback River is that it is not as well known as some of the other larger more prominent rivers in Quebec.
This means that there are not usually a lot of people on the river so it provides a relaxing and more private experience. This river is also a great spot for canoeing, so if you’re looking for some fun activities to partake in alongside your fishing trip, this might be the perfect spot for you.
Réserve Faunique Papineau Labelle
The Réserve Faunique Papineau Labelle is a brilliant location to go fishing due to the abundance of different bodies of water available to choose from on the reserve. There are 700 different kinds of bodies of water to choose from.
This means that one day you might choose to have a smaller, more relaxed day of fishing in a nearby pond and then build up to a big excursion on one of the larger lakes. No matter where you choose to fish, however, what is guaranteed is a vast array of fish to potentially catch. This wildlife preserve is home to speckled trout, lake trout, rainbow trout, landlocked salmon, bass, walleye and pike, highlighting the variety of wildlife available at this spot.
Lake St Francois
Lake St Francois is another one of Quebec’s many beautiful lakes and a perfect fishing location. Similarly to Broadback River, Lake St Francois has calmer surroundings, making it the perfect place to reconnect with nature.
You will likely be successful on your fishing trip to Lake St Francois from July all the way through to late fall, although fall is the best time to visit if you want to catch as many fish as possible. The variety of species in Lake St Francois is extremely impressive as it is home to multiple species of trout, as well as salmon, which was introduced into the lake for sport fishing purposes.
Clearly, the fishing options in Quebec are some of the best in the world as the vast array of lakes present in the province provides fishermen and fisherwomen with ample opportunity to achieve a few successful catches.
The impressive landscapes and beautiful lakes do not only offer fishing, many also include recreational activities along the river banks so the whole family can enjoy a quick getaway to the lakes. Whilst you are fishing, the kids could be paddle boarding, or simply hanging out in a beautiful cabin lodging facility along the river.
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