Host Evelyne Audet’s favourites include lakes with brook, rainbow and lake trout, plus pike and walleye
To compile Outdoor Canada’s 2020 fishing hot spots feature story, we turned to our friends at Sportsman Channel Canada. The hosts of 19 Canadian fishing shows agreed to reveal their top choices, along with tips on when to go and how best to tackle the fish. For all the hot spots, see our 2020 Fishing Special issue, or check out the growing list at www.outdoorcanada.ca/2020HotSpots.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Now in its third season, French-language Le Shore Lunch celebrates sportfishing against the backdrop of Quebec’s countless lakes and rivers. And as the name suggests, each episode ends with host Evelyne Audet and guests enjoying their freshly caught fish for shorelunch. Learn more: www.leshorelunch.ca
LAC COLLET, QUEBEC: Brook trout & splake
THE ATTRACTION: Outfitter Waban-Aki offers the chance to visit Collet and 19 other trout-filled lakes by horseback.
BEST TIME: May, June and September
TOP TACTIC: Fish jerkbaits such as a 2½-inch Rapala Original Floating Minnow.
LAC DES ÎLES, QUEBEC: Brook & rainbow trout
THE ATTRACTION: Local family oriented outfitter Domaine Bazinet makes this Lanaudière region destination an ideal place to introduce kids to fishing
BEST TIME: May and June, September and October
TOP TACTIC: Fish PowerBait Atomic Teasers and spoons tipped with worms.
LAC DES NEIGES, QUEBEC: Brook & lake trout
THE ATTRACTION: Nestled in Quebec’s breadbasket, Côte-de-Beaupré, this magnificent lake harbours surprisingly large lake trout.
BEST TIME: June
TOP TACTIC: Fish three-inch suspending hard baits.
LAC PAL, QUEBEC: Brook trout
THE ATTRACTION: High-end outfitter Némiskau offers quality fishing in a luxurious yet affordable setting at this central Quebec lake.
BEST TIME: May and September
TOP TACTIC: Fish PowerBait Atomic Teasers
LAC TÉMISCOUATA, QUEBEC: Brook & lake trout
THE ATTRACTION: This fish-filled, 45-kilometre-long lake is the centrepiece of like-named Lac Témiscouata National Park in the southeast of the province near the Maine border.
BEST TIME: May and June
TOP TACTIC: Fish three-inch suspending hard baits
RÉSERVE FAUNIQUE DE PORTNEUF, QUEBEC: Brook trout
THE ATTRACTION: This easily accessed wildlife reserve northwest of Quebec City offers 375 lakes and 11 rivers, with an impressively large amount of fish.
BEST TIME: May, June, August and September
TOP TACTIC: Fish spoons such as Etic’s Clear Wobbler tipped with a worm.
RÉSERVOIR GOUIN, QUEBEC: Walleye & northern pike
THE ATTRACTION: This huge, man-made waterbody in central Quebec features countless interconnected lakes, bays and channels, making it ideal for a long fishing trip.
BEST TIME: May and June
TOP TACTIC: For pike, fish soft-plastics such as Storm’s 360GT Searchbait; for walleye, fish a jig and curly tail grub.
ST. LAWRENCE RIVER, QUEBEC: Multi-species
THE ATTRACTION: Near Montmagny east of Quebec City, the variety of fish is unmatched, and the sizes are impressive.
BEST TIME: May to November
TOP TACTICS: For brown bullhead, lake sturgeon and perch, use a hook and worm; for walleye, fish a Storm Hot ’N Tot, Berkley Flicker Shad or jig and grub.