Amerindians—the Attikamek in particular—have a very clever fishing technique that consists of keeping a net beneath the icy surface of a frozen lake. Setting up these nets, which can measure 25 m (82 ft.) or longer, involves poles, floats and weights, a process that can easily take half a day.

Ice fishing

Now that’s a cool activity!

Parc national du Saguenay, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-JeanOriginally practised by the Amerindians, ice fishing is enjoyed just about everywhere in Québec once the layer of ice covering our rivers and lakes is thick enough. To protect themselves from the wind—and thus pursue their pastime even longer—fishing enthusiasts operate from inside little huts set up on the ice during the winter months. These huts—some of which are equipped with numerous conveniences—spend their summers standing sentry on lake shores and river banks.

Fishing conditions

This map provides a schematic illustration of fishing conditions at some of the most popular sites. This information, updated regularly from the start of the season (usually in late December - early January), cannot be guaranteed. Conditions may vary, often in the space of a few hours, depending on meteorological and hydrographic factors.

Last update: March 13

Something’s fishy in the province of Québec

Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, MauricieSome of the most popular sites include the Saguenay fjord, and a group of lakes—Deux Montagnes, Champlain, Saint Pierre and Saint-Louis—that are part of the St. Lawrence River. Sainte Anne de la Pérade, near Trois-Rivières (Mauricie), is well known for its tomcod. In fact, each winter, from Christmas to early February, an entire village of huts appears on the ice of Rivière Sainte Anne, attracting thousands of fishers and curious onlookers.

At the end of the line

The mostly commonly fished species are walleye, northern pike and yellow perch. In the Saguenay region, redfish, cod and black turbot are on the menu, and in the lakes dotting the Laurentian highlands, rainbow trout and brook trout are the catch of the day. Package deals usually include hut and equipment rental, hole drilling and bait. Whether you’re a novice ice fisher or an old hand, don’t miss this unique opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled day with family or friends!

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