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20 Quebec hot spots with great brook trout fishing

If you could only wet a line for one species of fish in your home province or territory, what would it be? That’s the question we asked ourselves at Outdoor Canada when selecting our 2019 Canadian fishing hot spots. For more bucket-list species and hot spots, see our complete list.

QUEBEC: BROOK TROUT

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Brook trout in Quebec

Why this is one of Canada’s must-have fishing experiences

Speckled with yellow and red spots, sometimes surrounded by a purple or blue halo, the olive skin of a brook trout looks as if it could have been designed and painted by an abstract artist. It’s certainly not hard to understand why many anglers consider Salvelinus fontinalis to be the most beautiful fish in Canada.

Of course, brook trout are also popular because they such good fighters, often leaping out of the water in an acrobatic show of strength. And perhaps nowhere in Canada are they more plentiful than in the cold lakes and rivers of La Belle Province. While six- to eight-pound trophies are mostly caught in the big waters of Quebec’s far north, scrappy two- to five-pounders can be found in many of the province’s more than 500,000 lakes and 4,500 rivers. Most of the brookies are native to Quebec, with wildlife management practices working well to promote the growth and sustainability of the stocks.

Also known as speckled trout, or truite mouchetée in French, brook trout are actually a member of the char family. And while they’re mostly prized for their beauty and fighting ability, they’re also great table fare. Perhaps best of all for anglers, though, they’re not terribly fussy, making them great sport to catch.

WHEN TO GO: May to July

HOT TACTIC: Target woody structure in the shallows at ice-out

LEARN MORE: www.sepaq.com

THE HOT SPOTS

  1. Broadback River
  2. Grand Lac Froid
  3. Lac Albanel 
  4. Lac du Club
  5. Lac Manitou
  6. Lac Mistassini
  7. Lac Montjoie (Papineau area)
  8. Lac Perdu 
  9. Lac Rapide
  10. Lac Travers
  11. Lac Waconichi
  12. La Grande River
  13. La Réserve Beauchêne
  14. Leaf River
  15. Réserve faunique de Port-Cartier–Sept-Îles
  16. Réserve faunique des Laurentides
  17. Réservoir La Grande 4
  18. Rivière du Diable
  19. Rivière Sainte-Marguerite
  20. Ungava Peninsula
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