The Fishing Paradise Called Quebec

arctic-char-in-fishermanOver 1,100 miles separate Montreal on the Saint Lawrence Seaway from Ivujivik on the Hudson Straight. At least 900 miles along that straight line stretch north of the last highway, into an angling wilderness of mind-blowing proportions.


Quebec isn't a place. It's a region. Stand anywhere in the province and it's difficult to fling a Dardevle without hitting water, and chances are good it will splash down on an awesome fishery.

Montreal was founded in 1642 and is easily the continent's oldest destination for trophy muskies on the St. Lawrence River. This most picturesque, historic, and romantic city in North America is the launching point for angling adventures unique in all the world.


Flowing northeast from Montreal, the famous Seaway is bordered on both sides by Quebec, flowing along the inimitable Gaspe Peninsula. The rivers that flow from it and the North Shore of the Seaway are among the finest Atlantic salmon venues anywhere on earth.

The St. Lawrence Seaway is home to monster walleyes, trophy smallmouth bass, panfish, carp, sturgeon, and awesome pike fishing. It harbors impressive runs of king salmon and steelhead. But Quebec is far, far more. The southern tier of the province is rife with sprawling parks, reservoirs, and natural lakes known for exceptional angling. Bass, walleye, pike, and trout fisheries abound.

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The brawling rivers of Quebec's northern tier are home to some of the finest sea-run brook trout fishing in the world. Inland, many of the same rivers provide world-class opportunities for landlocked salmon and trout. Massive lake trout haunt these rivers as well. It's a fly-fisherman's dream, yet very few areas are listed as flies only.

The topography here is unique from all of Canada and, for that matter, the world. Many rivers in northern Quebec broaden into natural lakes brimming with pike, lake trout, and walleyes, then narrow between gorgeous low mountains into class-five torrents (popular with kayakers) that harbor magnificent landlocked salmon and brookies. A five pounder doesn't raise many eyebrows here. Farther north, Arctic char fishing is unparalleled. Bring flies, hardware, or both.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, the Quebec Outfitters Federation (1-800-567-9009) has almost 400 members. The diversity of plans is impressive, including 5-star accommodations, American plans, semi American plans, canoe camping, wilderness drop-offs at outpost cabins, and wilderness camping. Parcs Quebec reserves only 20% of its wilderness camp sites for residents each year, meaning 80% are granted to non-residents.

Quebec loves anglers and loves to facilitate them. Quebec truly is another world, of beauty and opportunities unique onto itself. The productivity and vast diversity of habitats alone should place it high on every angler's bucket list.

Contact: Quebec Outfitters Federation.

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