12 April 2021

Our favourite fishing outfitters in Abitibi-Témiscamingue

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Abitibi-Témiscamingue’s 65,000 square kilometres of forest and more than 22,000 lakes and rivers make for a vast outdoor playground for anglers and hunters at all levels. One thing’s for sure—there are plenty of outfitters and no shortage of possibilities. As for the fish: it’s as near as Québec gets to paradise for walleye, lake trout, and pike.

With fishing season fast upon us, we’ve put together a list of our favourite Abitibi-Témiscamingue outfitters to feed your dreams until the snow is all gone. Read on for the nicest fishing spots in a land where the waters practically overflow with fish.

Our favourite fishing outfitters in Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Abitibi-Témiscamingue is known around the world for the abundance of its lands and the bounty of its fishing. And it’s all the richer thanks to the wide range of accommodations, variety of rivers and lakes, and the different species you can catch. Here are a few of our favourite outfitters in this jewel of Québec regions:

Pourvoirie du Rapide-Sept, Val-d’Or

A range of packages and outstanding fishing for pike

Species: Northern pike, walleye, lake sturgeon, yellow perch

Pourvoirie du Rapide-Sept, known for its fantastic walleye and northern pike fishing, has something for every preference and budget with a dozen-odd cabins on the banks of the celebrated Decelles Reservoir. They have a range of packages from family vacations to adventure expeditions (including motorboat, half day with a fishing guide, and more) for couples and groups. Also available onsite are watersports, airplane and seaplane excursions, mountain biking, and more.

Pourvoirie St-Cyr Royal, Quévillon

Seaplane access and 5-star log-cabin-style lodge

Species: Northern pike, walleye, lake sturgeon, yellow perch

The outfitter holds exclusive rights to a 300-square-kilometre territory where, 117 kilometres east of Quévillon, a log-cabin-style lodge, only reachable by seaplane, welcomes up to 14 guests at a time on an enchanting site framed by a magnificent lake. Your fishing experience thus begins with a memorable bird’s eye view of St-Cyr Royal outfitter’s vast territory. A two-day, two-night fishing package is available, including seaplane transportation, meals, preparation of your catch for dinner, accommodations, and motorboat. Wildlife viewing is another way to take advantage of the unspoiled wilderness that surrounds you.

Pourvoirie du lac Matchi-Manitou, Val-d’Or

Fine-sandy beaches and a nice variety of species

Species: Pike, walleye, brook trout, lake trout, whitefish, yellow perch

Up against the northern sector of La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve, Lake Matchi-Manitou is known for its great fishing and abundance of fine-sand beaches ideal for little kids. There’s a wide range of species, the four main ones being pike, walleye, brook trout, and lake trout, with whitefish and yellow perch as the secondary catch. One-day fishing passes are available as well as two accommodations packages—deluxe cabin or primitive campsite. And attention quadders, it’s a dream come true for you too!

Beauchêne Wilderness Lodge, Témiscaming

5-star accommodations and 7 sportfishing species

Species: Smallmouth bass, pike, walleye, brook trout, native brook trout, lake trout, whitefish, splake

With 50,000 acres, 40 lakes, 7 sportfishing species, and 5-star accommodations, Beauchêne Wilderness Lodge merits its place among the world’s top fishing destinations. Whatever you’re looking for in a fishing trip, you’ll find it right here. A variety of three-night packages are available by type of accommodations, all including access to 40 lakes, fishing licence, boat, and meals. Spice up your stay by renting a pontoon boat or a kayak to head out and explore the natural beauty of the area.

Pourvoirie du Lac Faillon, Senneterre

More than fishing trip

Species: Northern pike, walleye, yellow perch, brook trout, whitefish, lake sturgeon

Everyone loves it here at Lake Faillon outfitters, in the heart of Mégiscane Forest, whether they’re camping, in a cabin, or staying in the lodge. And between the fine-sand beach, gourmet food, and snack bar with a view of the lake, the lifestyle is as good as the fishing. Anglers can do their thing on the lake or the river with a daily fishing pass. Forgot your fishing licence? No worries. You can get one right there. Don’t forget your ATV to take advantage of the nearby trails.

Our top tips for an unforgettable fishing trip

Decided on one of Abitibi-Témiscamingue’s best outfitters for your next excursion? Now you just have to pack up the essentials and make your final preparations. Here are a few tips for a successful fishing trip:

  • Choose your accommodations carefully. There’s a reason they call it sport fishing. When you turn in for the night, you’ll want to be comfortable so you can fully recharge your batteries. Pick lodgings that are appropriate for all members of your party, young and old.
  • Get the lowdown on the rules: Outfitters are subject to regulations and quotas based on where they’re located. Follow them to avoid headaches and ensure the sustainability of fish populations.
  • Bring all the necessary equipment. It can mean the difference between a successful fishing trip and coming back empty handed. Many websites have helpful packing lists for a worry-free trip.
  • Plan your meals: Cook up your catch for hearty and delicious dinner after a long day on the water.

Don’t forget your ATV insurance! The start of fishing season is the perfect time to get out your quad. Before you hit the trails, make sure your ATV insurance is still valid and provides enough coverage.

Happy fishing!