Lanaudière is the perfect place to get away—a peaceful slice of nature just outside Montréal. The region extends north from the St. Lawrence River to the Laurentian Mountains and is awash with outfitters where anglers and nature lovers alike quench their thirst for the great outdoors. It’s got great fishing and tons of lakes and ponds, the largest of which are Lac Kempt and the Taureau reservoir.
Planning a fishing trip to beautiful Lanaudière this spring or summer? Here’s a list of our favourite outfitters and some tips for an unforgettable fishing trip.
Our favourite fishing outfitters in Lanaudière
Lanaudière’s outfitters have lots to offer besides fishing. Nature lovers can enjoy a wealth of mountains, lakes, and rivers. Here are our favourite places to fish and enjoy the great outdoors:
Domaine Bazinet – Lac-des-ÎlesFamily fun and top-notch fall fishing
Species: Brook trout, native brook trout, rainbow trout
Fishing isn’t the only attraction at Domaine Bazinet. Whether they have the fishing bug or not, visitors of all ages will enjoy the water park, swimming, the beachside patio, the mini animal farm, water sports, and much more. Choose a family vacation package to introduce the kids to trouting or enjoy quality time with family and friends with daily passes. Pro tip: The fall fishing is second to none and a range of special packages are available.
Pourvoirie Roger Gladu – Saint-Ignace-de-LoyolaEasy access, fishing, and herons
Species: Pike, walleye, muskie, sturgeon
Located smack dab in the middle of the Lac Saint-Pierre archipelago, Roger Gladu Outfitter is just off Autoroute 40—perfect for a weekend getaway. The area is classified as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and is renowned for its walleye, northern pike, muskie, and sturgeon. Guided summer and ice fishing packages are available with cottage accommodations. Plus, Roger Gladu Outfitter is located near the largest heron colony in North America and specializes in bird watching. Don’t forget your binoculars!
Pourvoirie Pignon Rouge Mokocan – Saint-Michel-des-SaintsQuads, yurts, and all sorts of fish
Species: Pike, native brook trout, brook trout, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, landlocked salmon, whitefish
Pourvoirie Pignon Rouge Mokocan is remarkable for the sheer variety of species that inhabit the many lakes and rivers scattered across the 35 square kilometre site. ATVs are available to rent or you can bring your own to explore the site and access trails 40 and 45. Choose from daily fishing passes, accommodations in authentic yurts, and family and meal plans. Group plans are also available for companies looking for an employee getaway! Additional activities include mountain biking, swimming, water sports, and hiking.
Pourvoirie Auberge La Barrière – Sainte-Émilie-de-l’ÉnergieQuébec’s only spot for golden rainbow trout
Species: Rainbow trout, native brook trout, brown trout, golden rainbow trout, arctic char
The eight lakes located across the 18.5 square kilometre site are home to five species of trout. It’s the only outfitter in Québec with golden rainbow trout. Daily fishing passes and cottage accommodations are available. Family packages with access to all water sports, including paddle boarding, and a tour of the falls are also on offer. It’s also a great all-season location for recreational vehicles.
Pourvoirie Au Pays de Réal Massé – Saint-Michel-des-Saints
Species: Brook trout, lake trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, splake
Located in Sept-Chutes regional park, this popular outfitter offers tons of fishing and vacation packages. You can opt for day passes or two- to three-day plans with accommodations, fish cleaning and packaging, and an optional meal plan (four-course dinner included). Comfortable and fully equipped cottages and suites will make your stay one to remember. When you’re not reeling in the big ones, enjoy activities like canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, and pontoon boat rentals.
Tips for an unforgettable fishing trip
Decided on one of Lanaudière’s best outfitters for your next fishing excursion? Now you just have to pack up the essentials and make your final preparations. Here are some 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 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 a hearty and delicious dinner after a long day on the water.
Don’t forget your ATV insurance! The start of the fishing season is the perfect time to take out your quad. Before you hit the trails, make sure your ATV insurance is still valid and provides enough coverage.