A hobby for some, an obsession for others—fishing is one of Québec’s classic things to do. The Chaudière-Appalaches region, bordering the St. Lawrence River for more than 200 kilometres and shot through with hundreds of rivers and lakes, is a destination of choice for families, couples, and friends to drop a line in the water.
Whether you’re truly hooked or just dipping a toe in the water, check out our favourite Chaudière-Appalaches outfitters for your spring and summer fishing adventures.
Our favourite fishing outfitters in Chaudière-Appalaches
Whether you’re planning a fishing trip with friends or looking to get your kids hooked early, you’re sure to have a great time and haul in a nice catch in one of these Chaudière-Appalaches outfitting camps.
Pourvoirie du Forestier, MontmagnyAn authentic experience of nature
Species: Native and stocked speckled trout, brook trout
Nature lovers will be captivated by this Montmagny outfitter located in a private forest with three lakes. Three cabins are available for small groups all year round. Daily fishing passes are available as well some longer packages. Pourvoirie du Forestier’s territory is also great for hunting, mountain biking, watersports, and all kinds of winter sports when the snow flies again.
Domaine de l’Île au Canot, L’Isle-aux-GruesFish in the St. Lawrence and private island stay
Species: Bullhead, walleye, lake sturgeon
Looking for something different? Le Domaine de l’Île au Canot is just the outfitter for you. You can fish on the St. Lawrence River and wind up your day on a private island in the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago. Even the ferry ride to get to Berthier or Montmagny is enough to add a little magic to your fishing expedition. Guided fishing is available on Québec’s greatest waterway, the St. Lawrence River. The snow goose hunt is another big draw, and this outfitter is an ideal place to learn about and experience nature.
Lac Portage, Saint-ThéophileWhen fishing meets luxury
Species: Speckled trout, rainbow trout
Lac Portage, in operation since the start of the 20th century, is a dream fishing spot. With its exemplary, highly developed range of cabins and cottages, this local institution attracts anglers from everywhere as well as holiday-goers looking for an idyllic oasis. All accommodations packages include fishing licence and boats. Just have one day? No worries. Daily fishing passes are fine.
Domaine faunique outfitter, Saint-Nazaire-de-DorchesterFishing’s what it’s all about, all year long
Species: Brook trout, rainbow trout
This outfitter carved out its reputation in ice fishing but has plenty to offer spring and summer anglers as well. You’ll be agog at the number and quality of fish you pull out of Domaine faunique’s bountiful lakes. You can fish on a day pass or stay over in a cabin or—if you’re up for it—a treehouse, for a more memorable experience. Fans of the great outdoors can spice up their stay with a side trip to Massif du Sud regional park, a mere 15 minutes away.
Chalets et Villégiature de la Rivière Daaquam, Saint-Just-de-BretenièresPeace, quiet, and truly fine spring fishing
Species: Muskie, brook trout, rainbow trout
This Saint-Just-de-Bretenières outfitter is known for its fabulous spring fishing and facilities, including indoor and outdoor pools and a sauna. The fishing is first rate and diverse on the outfitter’s four lakes and river, both for fly fishing and spin fishing. Packages run from one to five nights to accommodate everyone’s needs. Quadders are welcome as are horseback riders and practitioners of numerous other sports and pastimes.
Our top tips for an unforgettable fishing trip
Decided on one of Chaudière-Appalaches’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.