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Published on July 19, 2018

Dream locations to go fishing in the Quebec province

By Salut Ciao Bye

If you ask an angler what their best spots are for catching fish, it would be surprising if they answered with totally honest answer. You are more likely to hear something like: "I don't mean to burst your bubble kid, but a fishing spot takes time, you have to search for it, find it. It is something that you have to discover for yourself to deserve it, and most of all, you have to protect it." However, if you ask them for suggestions of dream places to go fishing, you will surely get answers galore!

In the absence of the best fishing spots in the Québec region, here are our seven dream places to go fishing.

1. Réserve faunique des Laurentides (wildlife reserve)

Location: Most of its territory is located in Québec's tourist region, at the limits of Charlevoix, Mauricie and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.

Species found: brook trout (speckled trout), Arctic char and lake trout.

Types of fishing:

- Day fishing (14 bodies of water are available).

- Wading (no reservation necessary, the rivers available for this activity are Cavée, aux Écorces, Jacques-Cartier Nord-Est, Jacques-Cartier Nord-Ouest, Launière, du Milieu, Montmorency and Petite Pikauba).

- Fishing-Camping package (at La Loutre campground with 2-3 services sites).

- Fishing with accommodation packages (accommodation available in 25 areas with over 2000 lakes and 9 rivers).

Catch and possession limit:

- Brook trout: 15 (10 in the area included in the Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier)

- Arctic char: 5

- Lake trout: 2

More information on the Réserve faunique des Laurentides.

2. Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier

Location: Québec tourist region, in the Laurentian mountains. Access via Highway 175, exit 182, Chemin du Parc-National.

Species found: brook trout (speckled trout), salmon (salmon fishing is prohibited in the national park and release is mandatory if a small salmon is caught).

Types of fishing:

- Day fishing (no reservations required; fishing is authorized from km 2 to km 33 in the Jacques-Cartier River (wading or by boat) and on certain lakes of the À l'Épaule, Jumeau and Sautauriski areas: Archambault, Barrette, À L'Épaule, Lapointe, Nouvel, Ribbon, Sautauriski and Cook sectors, for fly fishing).

Fishing with accommodation packages (Five Devlin cabins and the Lac à L'Épaule lodge can accommodate 4-14 people. The package includes cabin accommodation, fishing access and a boat).

Catch and possession limit:

- Brook trout: 10

More information on the Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier.

3. Parc national des Grands-Jardins

Location: In the village of Saint-Urbain, in the tourist region of Charlevoix. Access by road 381.

Species found: brook trout (speckled trout) and Arctic char.

Types of fishing:

- Day fishing (the portion of the Malbaie River located between km 14 and km 20 is exclusively reserved for daily wading, and ten fishing pools are also accessible in Des Enfers River. The lakes available are the Carré, de la Bouillie, des Castors, Pemmican, Hébert, Pointu, Chaudière, des Îles and Turgeon lakes.)

- Fishing with accommodation packages (four accommodation areas are available, covering approximately sixty lakes). Lakes are assigned on a personal basis.

- Fishing-Camping packages (available at Pied-des-Monts and Arthabaska campgrounds. The package includes the campsite, a boat and fishing rights).

Catch and possession limit:

- 15 trouts per licence, including a maximum of 5 Arctic chars. Certain lakes have smaller quotas.

More information on the Parc National des Grands-Jardins.

4. Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie

Location: In the village of Saint-Aimé-des-Lacs, in the tourist region of Charlevoix. Accessible by road.

Species found: brook trout (speckled trout) and Arctic char.

Types of fishing:

- Day fishing (provincial fishing licences and rights to fish are available at the Félix-Antoine-Savard Discovery and Visitors' Centre. For Porc-Épic, Argentenay and Châteauguay lakes, it is also possible to get your licence at the Mont-du-Lac-des-Cygnes Visitors Centre at Parc national des Grands-Jardins. (Equipment can be loaned for free, learn more.)

Catch and possession limit:

- 15 brook trouts, including 5 Arctic chars for Porc-Épic Lake.

More information on the Parc National des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie.

5. Parc national de Frontenac 

Location: at the limits of Estrie and Chaudières-Appalaches tourist regions.

Species found: pike, walleye, ouananiche, bass and yellow perch.

Types of fishing:

- Day fishing (three areas are available, distributed around the Grand Lac Saint-François. Fishing is permitted on Grand Lac Saint-François for all holders of a valid provincial fishing licence and a fishing right issued by the park. Fishing on the park's inland lakes (Lac des Îles, Lac à la Barbue, and Lac des Ours) is permitted only for cabin renters who are licenced to fish. It is allowed only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays).

Catch and possession limit:

- 1 fish per species, except yellow perch.

- Fishing closes as soon as the lake quota is reached.

More information on the Parc national de Frontenac.

6. Parc naturel régional de Portneuf

Location: Northwest of Portneuf. Accessible by four entry points: Lac Long and Montauban, Des Lacs, Portes de l'Enfer and Lac Carillon areas. The Parc naturel régional de Portneuf is an outfitter without exclusive rights. It consists of public, municipal and private land. Its activities mostly take place in Saint-Alban, Saint-Ubalde and Saint-Casimir, and a portion of Lac Montauban located in the municipalities of Portneuf and Rivière-à-Pierre.

Species found: brook trout, Arctic char, lake trout, rainbow smelt, yellow perch and largemouth bass. Three lakes are stocked with brook trout: Noir, Caribou and Truite lakes. En Coeur, Long and Montauban lakes are not stocked.

Catch and possession limit:

- Brook trout: 15

- Arctic char: 15

- Lake trout: 2

- Largemouth bass: 6

- Yellow perch: 50

- Rainbow smelt: 120

More information on Parc naturel régional de Portneuf.

7. Controlled harvesting zones (ZEC)

Controlled harvesting zones (ZEC) are located on public territory, generally on crown land, and managed by non-profit organizations. To be allowed to fish in a ZEC, it is mandatory to hold a valid provincial fishing licence, to register and to pay the fishing and entry rights at the gate, and to register your catch on your way out. The National Capital Region has five ZECs:

ZEC Batiscan-Neilson

Location: Saint-Raymond, in the regional county municipality of Portneuf, 65 km from Québec.

Species found: brook trout (speckled trout) and Arctic char.

ZEC Rivière-Blanche

Location: Rivière-à-Pierre, in Portneuf County and bounded to the South by the Réserve faunique de Portneuf, to the West by ZEC Jeannotte, to the East by the ZEC Batiscan-Neilson and to the North by the Réserve Faunique des Laurentides.

Species found: brook trout (speckled trout), Arctic char and lake trout.

ZEC des Martres

Location: In the village of Saint-Urbain, in Charlevoix.

Species found: brook trout (speckled trout), Arctic char and salmon.

ZEC Lac-au-Sable

Location: La Malbaie, Charlevoix.

Species found: brook trout (speckled trout) and Arctic char.

ZEC Buteux-Bas-Saguenay

Location: Saint-Siméon and Petit-Saguenay, Charlevoix. Access: The ZEC's main entrance and office are located at: 31 Port aux Quilles road, Saint-Siméon, via Route 138. Secondary entry: 223 Route 170, Petit-Saguenay.

Species found: brook trout (speckled trout) and Arctic char.

More information on the ZEC network. 

About Salut Ciao Bye Travel, outdoors and camping enthusiasts

Shirley is a reporter, a communications specialist and a photography fanatic. Photographer, videographer and graphic artist, Vincent is an image creator. Travel, outdoors and camping enthusiasts, they live their passion on board their RV.

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