Fishing

 

Reel sport.
Through tourist eyes, Québec is big, with a landmass just a titch larger than Alaska and it shares its southern border with the New England states.
Like these states, Québec is rolling, sometimes mountainous country covered in boreal forest. Unlike these states, this thick, green carpet fades northward into taiga country of stunted conifers before petering out into flat, boggy-in-summer tundra, home to the Caribou, ptarmigan, and arctic foxes.

Looks different through the eyes of fisherman though.

Down south? A strip of great salmon and trout rivers that drain into the St. Lawrence River. Midway, you’ve got this big slice of streams and lakes, brimming with northern pike, walleye, and lakers. Northernmost, you fly into an amazing land of fightin’ char, brookies and Atlantic salmon.

This is absolute first rate prime country for the outdoorsman. Up north in the Payne River country, you’ll find lake trout averaging five to seven pounds and usually somebody in your expedition bites into a 15-pounder. On Réservoir Gouin, judged by the cognoscenti to be one of Québec’s hottest walleye lakes, you’ll get a shot at stickbenders of two to six pounds and buckets of ’em.

North on Ungava’s shores you’ll have your chance to fight it out with char, about the only fish we know that can rival Atlantics for hard fight and sheer determination — an incredible angling experience. A beautiful fish, too, sometimes a fiery red belly as bright as Uma Thurman’s eyes on a dark night.

Whether you’re a fly fisherman, spincaster, drifter, whether you like fly-in or drive-in fishing, whether you want a wilderness camp or a lodge experience — Québec should be your next sporting adventure.


We have so many great fishing trips, we had to split them up in two pages!

On this page you’ll find these trips: Triton, Kenauk, Portneuf, Laurentians , Tamarac, Pipmuacan, Lac Portage, Manoir Brulé, Reservoir Gouin and Gaspé

Page 2 has information on these trips: Témiscaming Territory, Plétipi, Outardes Quatre, Riviere Barnoin, Clearwater, Chateauguay, George River, Tunilik II, Clearwater River

 


1. Triton: time machine or fishing lodge?
Teddy Roosevelt was the quintessential turn-of-the-century sportsman. A bull of a man with boundless physical energy, he reveled in the outdoors. One September in 1915, three years after leaving the presidency, Teddy sought out Québec’s northern woods for his next great adventure. His choice? Triton, a paradise of wilderness lakes and abundant wildlife.

 

Nor was Teddy the sporting world’s first luminary to make this pilgrimage. Harry Truman, Rockefeller, Winston Churchill, Woolworth, McCormick, Rockwell, Peabody – these and other famous sportsmen were lured to the Triton Fish and Game Club for the legendary bounty of its numerous lakes and miles of forest.

You feel this ambiance walking into the lodge today, surrounded by deeply tanned wainscoting, confronted by a fire crackling in the stone hearth, surrounded by highback easy chairs. You can almost imagine the anglers, feet up, swapping fishing stories fueled by whiskey, cigar smoke, and a lazy end-of-day contentment.

It’s the atmosphere, of angling steeped in a 1920s tradition, of sitting in the same room, of fishing the same pools probably with the very same flies as the likes of Truman and Roosevelt, that makes Triton such a novel experience.

Fishin’ ain’t bad, either! Brook trout are the main attraction. They run to a respectable size, with two-pounders regularly showing up. Size really isn’t the point with brookies, though, is it? Outwitting these pretty little crafty sons-o’-guns, schooled over the generations at dodging people like you, is really the whole game.

Nor Triton Lodge shy on creature comforts. Winner of Québec’s prestigious Grand Prix du Tourisme for outstanding service, the food is a tasty blend of traditional Québec and international cuisine.


Tempt the trout on a quiet stream

 

Families are welcome with lots of non-fishing activities – swimming, canoeing, hiking, organized games and more – to keep ’em amused while you do a Roosevelt.Price includes all meals and accommodation, boat and motor, guide and smokehouse. Rates do not include transportation to the lodge, drinks, fishing license, or fishing equipment – although the latter can be rented at the lodge.

Departures: May to Sept. – Duration: 2 day minimum


2. Kenauk: four star privacy.

Fishing at Kenauk is like being a millionaire for a week: your own private lake, your own luxury chalet, and all the trout you can sink your hook into. What makes Kenauk so special is their policy of only one party per lake, meaning there’s only 106 guests at any one time in all of the resort’s 104 square miles. That puts you in a chalet on your own “private” lake with nothing but the trout and the quiet beauty of a glass smooth lake – sheer bliss.
“This place was awesome. I caught more fish than my dad!”
Jean-Luc Durantaye
Kenauk sits deep in the Outaouais region, scenic with forests, countless lakes, and natural beauty. The resort boasts 70 of its own lakes, the largest of which is Lac Papineau. Papineau is five miles long and dotted with islands begging to be fished for largemouth and smallmouth bass that call it home. (Because the lake is large and deep, try a crankbait worked parallel to the shore – works great.)

 

 

Kenauk also has bragging rights to its own trout hatchery, stocking the fishing lakes with rainbows, browns, lakers and brook trout. Thanks to their conservation minded one-fisher-per-lake at a time, you’re pretty much assured of striking fish.

 

 

And the chalets are something to behold. They’re beautifully finished inside with flush toilets, hot showers, wood stoves, fresh linens, full kitchens and comfort, all lovingly maintained by Canadian Pacific Hotels, Canada’s finest resort chain.

Plenty to keep the kids occupied, too – canoeing, cycling, and swimming. Plus the resort has its own naturalist who gives guided nature walks.

The package price includes a fully equipped chalet, and boat/motor. Not included is fishing license or equipment, food, or guide.


Departures: April to Sept.
Duration: 3 or 5 night package


3. Portneuf: Fishing on a family budget

Dotted throughout Québec are 14 wildlife reserves. They represent thousands of square mile of wilderness, stuffed with great fishing.

Many of Québec’s wildlife reserve faunigues offer backcountry lodging in chalets and cabins complete with boat, motor and gas, located on the shores of a lake — the perfect place for fishermen to run away to, rod in hand, when the trout call. And if perhaps your family can’t quite hear fish calling, this kind of fishing will suit them, too, because the Reserves provide a whole variety of outdoor activities. Hiking, cycling, canoeing are all available. Being wildlife reserves, the woods, skies and lakes are full of critters.

The cabins are comfortable, offering propane fired stove and refrigerator, hot and cold running water, showers, and a fireplace or wood stove. Families will especially like the economy of this trip: a four-day stay is excellent value at $345 per adult and $50 per child.

 

 

Price includes lodging, fishing license, boat and motor, gas, and map. Bring along your own bedding, personal gear, and food (no food is available in the Reserve) Only a two hour drive from Quebec City.

Departure: May to September – Duration: 4 days


4. Laurentians: Great fishing, hearty meals

 

The Laurentian Uplands are one of our planet’s best places for some serious quality time with Mother Nature — and with a fishing rod.

The Laurentians are to Québec what the Adirondacks are to New York. The area’s lakes, rivers, hills, hollows and picturesque villages have been the setting for countless adventures, summer vacances, and fond memories.

 

Predictably, in the same time-honored tradition, fishermen have sought out the lakes and streams of these highlands for generations, chasing after the big bruiser brook and lake trout that fin these waters.

One of the best loved of Laurentian fishing holes is a resort called Portes-de-l’Enfer. The lodge is prettily mounted on the shores of a river with access to 20 lakes, all teeming with fish. Log-built cabins cluster around a central hall where hearty Québécois meals are served. L’Enfer offers a total outdoor experience because of its location in the Réserve faunique Laurentides, one of Québec’s 14 mildlife reserves.

Includes all meals and lodging, license, boat, motor, gas, and fishing gear.

 

Departure: May to September –


5. Tamarac: the land o’ trophy pike.
You’d call pike the wolves of the deep if it weren’t so defaming to wolves. I’ve seen these things hit bait harder than a cruise missile hitting Baghdad!

The other fish almost cheer when you haul back on the line and set that hook deep/ And if your idea of going fishin’ is going mano a mano with these torpedoes, let us send you to Tamarac’s Réservoir Gouin. The northern here can reach 30-lbs, especially in early summer, offering you a real chance for a trophy-size fish out of this 77 mile long stretch of water.

Gouin is strictly floatplane fly-in fishing. The reservoir is in central Québec, 200 miles north-northwest from Montréal, which is like saying it’s in Siberia. This is remote country, spectacular as you fly over it from Clova, the nearest point of civilization and where the highway ends.


All cabins have propane fired fridges, stoves and lights.

Accommodation is comfortable. Each party gets its own log or wood framed cabin complete with propane powered lights, stove, and fridge.

In addition to the heavy gear you’ll need for the big bruisers, bring along a medium heavy action spinning rod. We’re reliably told that streamers in white, chartreuse, or yellow, and five-inch mice fished among the weeds and grasses can earn you a satisfyingly violent reaction from the pike lurking there.

If walleye are your game, the Tamarac air force will fly you into Lac Hébert, a 12-mile long walleye factory. You can spend all day hurting your arms draggin walleye out of Hébert, good sized rodbenders running from two to six pounds. The fishing camp is as rustic as Gouin, but located on a beautiful island in the southern part of the lake. Price includes 14-foot boat/motor/gas, guide, round trip transportation from either lake to Clova. Not included: meals, license, or transportation to Clova.


Departures: May to Sept.
  – Duration: 7 days


6. Pipmuacan: pike hunting for the family.
Some of the best fishing trips are family trips, no question. But it’s not always easy to find a lodge, especially one in the far north, that caters to adults and kids.Happily, Pipmuacan Lodge solves this problem. The 22-guest facility has designated four tours as “family” (departing July 18, August 8, July 25, and August 15 for a five-day adventure). You can go safe in the knowledge there will be other kids there, that the adults will be a little more moderate in their alcohol consumption, and that there will be an activities director for the kids on site.

 

 

In fact, kids or not, you can be sure of great service at Pipmuacan. With 14 staff to 22 guests, the odds are pretty much on your side. You get one guide per two fishermen so finding the honey holes is not going to be difficult. Fightin’ pike are the main event, scads of ’em in the four to ten pound range, with big guys, 15-pounds or more, showing up on a weekly basis.

The drive-in lodge sits on the shores of Reservoir Pipmuacan, 400 miles north of Québec City and the road takes you through Laurentide National park so it’s worth the time to drive.

Price includes meet ‘n greet in Québec City, all the meals, accommodation (bring your own sleeping bag), a guide for each family or per two fishermen, plus boat, motor/gas.

Departures: Anglers: June to September
Family: July to August
Duration: 5 days/4 nights
 


7. Lac Portage: how to spoil a fly fisherman

Bordering on the state of Maine, there’s a Québec fishing retreat that’s simply exquisite, combining the woods, fly fishing, and award winning gourmet dining. In 1926, old man Breakey, scion of a family that owned vast woodlands, decided he was going to build his family a wilderness retreat on a point of land overlooking Lac Portage.

It’s a wonderful thing that he did because the Breakey compound still stands today, its six rustic log buildings sitting in quiet reflection on the lake, but it now caters to the world’s fly fishers, offering an experience that’s hard to find. Only 14 guests are accommodated at any one time and they have 5,500 acres of woodland to play in, consisting of four lakes, numerous trout streams and several specially built nature trails.

 

The main log building of the compound, housing lounge,
dining room and huge stone fireplace, is built on a
rockwall emerging from the lake.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Good conversation, food, and fishing
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That’s what first attracted us to Lac Portage Lodge, the fact it was a total outdoor experience, not just three days in a canoe fishing. Here, you can experience a true sense of the woodland and wildlife that’s almost philosophical – not surprisingly since the lodge’s managers have combined a deep respect of the natural world with backcountry tourism. Aside from being wildlife technicians and biologists, the staff are all mad keen fly fishermen who approach their sport with a missionary zeal. A great place to polish up your technique or for a novice to learn the art from teachers who passionately care about trout.
You’ve a good shot at both brookies and rainbows averaging in size eight to 16-inchers.

We could babble forever about the lodge’s amenities. These are beautiful log structures; filled with handmade furniture from another era, constructed to a level of comfort only the rich can build. Fires blaze in big stone hearths and lake views stretch out on three sides.

And the food! This is top-notch cuisine from an award winning chef, not some guy called, “cookie!”

Two plans are available: one that is inclusive of all meals, accommodation, boat/motor, license, beverages, rainwear and boots, fishing gear, lifejackets, and fishing equipment (Executive); the second does not include beverages, fishing equipment, fish license, and guide service (Gastronomic).

Departures: May to Sept.Duration: 3 nights

Photo: Alain Dumas

8. Manoir Brulé: the gourmet’s fishing lodge.

A luxurious lodge in the French style, overlooking trout laden Lac St-Michel, with a prize winning gourmet chef pampering you silly — bliss.

Manoir Brulé was conceived in the 60s by a large paper corporation that wanted to impress its international clients — so you can imagine that the title “manor” has been well earned. They spared no expense to build this sumptuous retreat in a natural paradise of 8,000 acres of privately owned mountain land, containing six lakes teeming with brookies.

The Manoir was intended as a place to impress the kind of sportsmen who own the New York Times — baronial, richly appointed in wood and stone, and exclusive. The lodge takes no more than 14 guests at any one time at a price that buys the best in service. They provide everything, first picking you up at the airport in Québec City (“Your limousine is waiting, sir”), then filling your every need from accommodation to rainwear to guides to equipment.

Which brings us to meals. Now, keep in mind, the Manoirs’ managers are used to feeding some of the most highly paid corporate executives in the world, folks accustomed to fine dining. Suitably, the Manoir puts you under the tender care of executive chef Jean-François Lacroix, gold medalist at the 1993 VICA U.S. Skill Olympics. Not surprisingly, Jean-François’ four-star fare earned the Manoir a slot on Canadian network TV’s ” The Great Canadian Food Show,” the only fishing lodge in Canada thus honored.

Rest assured, you’re going to do little eating — and more than a little fishing, thanks to biologist David Craig, who runs the place. Through his efforts, Lac St-Michel has gone from a 300 catch in 1978 to a 3,000 catch in ’98 — a stunning tenfold increase in the lake’s sport potential thanks to pioneering habitat enhancement strategies.

Good job too, because it means the fishing is terrific. Throw on a muddler minnow or a miracle hopper, find yourself a slick, and tempt ’em to bite.

 

Departures: June to SeptemberDuration: 3 nights – For groups only

9. Reservoir Gouin: Huck Finn with an accent

Reservoir Gouin is a fishing machine, a sprawling wilderness stuffed with pike and walley. Well, we’ve got a novel way to enjoy it — a houseboat.

That’s right, a houseboat. You can be a latter-day French Canadian Huck Finn mooching along to wherever your fancy takes you. This is actually a great idea — no longer are you tied to a base camp or lodge. Up anchor and away you go to the next bay. Don’t like the scenery? Move on.

 

 

 

Mind you, you’ll have a lot more luxury than Huck ever had on his raft. Your houseboat features a fully equipped kitchen, toilet, shower, hot and cold water, stove and refrigerator, has a picket fence, and sleeps six.

The houseboat comes with a 16-foot boat and motor so you can zip over to a sweet hole whenever you’re in “rod mode” — which you will be a lot. Gouin is an absolute pike and walleye factory explained earlier in the description of our other trip to Gouin.

 

Departure: May to September –


10. Gaspé: Atlantic Salmon, big and fierce.

Some would argue that salmon are the world’s finest sport fish. If you’re one of ’em, the Grande Cascapedia river is the place to go – and that’s just to start.The Grande Cascapedia is a pretty river. It rolls and tumbles out of the Chic Chocs mountain range, joining up with the smaller twin to make a torrent pouring over the falls, through narrow rocky passages, before settling down in the flats, peacefully sliding through broad valleys. It’s also one of the world’s most famous salmon rivers, being a factory for trophy fish clear back to the last century. In fact, Field & Stream magazine published a list in 1959 of the biggest salmon caught in North America over the previous 21 years; more than half of these were caught on the Grande Cascapedia.

 

But famous as it may be, this adventure isn’t just one river – you have a crack at eighteen others like it all over Gaspé Peninsula! This really is a unique adventure, a fishing safari for angler nomads. Your guide (certified by the Salmon Guides Society, by the way) will take you to where the Atlantics are running that week, staying in local chalets and inns overnight along the way.

 

Imagine, a chance to fly fish in the world’s best salmon river and eighteen like it. Riviere Mitis, Bonaventure, Matane – an incredible selection of salmon action on dry fly or wet. As a bonus you get to see the peninsula and taste some of Québec’s rural lifestyle.

Included are one guide per two anglers, lodging, ground transport to the rivers, breakfast and dinner (streamside lunch can be provided at extra cost), transport from Mont-Joli or Gaspé airport, and boat/motor if required.