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The best destinations for the opening of the fishing season

We’ve been so looking forward to it that we dreamed about it night after night! But now it's finally here; the fishing season is off and running at long last. And to help you plan your next adventures, here are a few suggestions for places where the fish are biting and where bookings can still be reeled in.

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Réserve faunique des Laurentides

To begin your season with a bang, stop at the largest reservoir of native speckled trout in the world. Located less than one hour from Québec City, Réserve faunique des Laurentides offers a vast array of packages for all tastes and budgets, especially for anglers who can’t wait to rustle up some of those wily lake trout and brook trout. The Montagnais, Hirondelle, and Écorces sector cabins deserve special mention. You’ll now be able to nab some large trout at these wonderful spots!

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Réserve faunique de Portneuf

Just an hour northwest of Québec City, Réserve faunique de Portneuf offers some of the most accessible fishing trips for anglers in the region. Take advantage of the first weeks of the fishing season to catch some plump brook trout at this wildlife reserve. If you’re with your family, opt for Castor or Terrasse cabins located close to a magnificent lake. Jobin, Tessier, and Stein cabins are also a great choice. They provide a gateway to exceptional waters where there’s no shortage of fish.

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Réserve faunique de Matane

While Réserve faunique de Matane has legendary status with hunters who flock here every fall to track the king of the forest in the magnificent landscapes of the Chic-Chocs, this corner of paradise remains a well-kept secret during summer. At the foot of the mountains, there are some beautiful discoveries to be made: more than 35 lakes, which are home to brook trout and lake trout, are offered as part of fishing with accommodations packages. For exceptional quality fishing at the beginning of the season, De-la-Presqu'ile and Étang-à-la-Truite sectors are musts. The daily catch rate and fish size easily compare to many of Sépaq’s top destinations. 

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Réserve faunique des Laurentides
Réserve faunique des Laurentides Steve Deschênes | © Sépaq
Réserve faunique de Portneuf
Réserve faunique de Portneuf Steve Deschênes | © Sépaq
Réserve faunique Mastigouche
Réserve faunique Mastigouche Steve Deschênes | © Sépaq
Réserve faunique Rouge-Matawin
Réserve faunique Rouge-Matawin Fokus Productions | © Sépaq

Réserve faunique Mastigouche

Here’s a perfect opportunity to enjoy one of the most bountiful Sépaq wildlife reserves. During your fishing stay in an ancestral cabin of Shawinigan sector or in one of the popular Modik cabins of Marcotte sector, you'll have access to waterways where you’re sure to meet up with some excellent trout! The cabins of Lac au Sable sector are, for their part, easily accessible and offer access to extraordinary fish-filled waters.

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Réserve faunique Rouge-Matawin

Straddling the Lanaudière and Laurentides regions, Réserve faunique Rouge-Matawin offers a wide variety of lakes where walleye, pike, lake trout, and speckled trout abound. Take advantage of top-notch early-season fishing to snag some of these wily specimens. If you're with your family, opt for the superb Gesseron #2 cabin, which dates back to the era of private clubs. For its part, recently renovated Legendre Cabin #3 is easier to access for your angling pleasure.

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Réserve faunique Ashuapmushuan

Welcome to Réserve faunique Ashuapmushuan, the fishing kingdom of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. Which waterway do you absolutely have to discover at the beginning of the season? Lac Chigoubiche of course! Overflowing with brook trout, lake trout, and pike, this is the perfect place to try out your multi-species techniques. In addition, the sector offers the possibility of using your own personal watercraft. The time has come to cross the park and discover this exceptional destination!

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