Latest news on regulation

To know the fishing regulation in force until March 31, 2020, please refer to the document Sport Fishing Regulation 2018-2020 (PDF 3.04 Mb).

The general sport fishing rules are published every two years on April 1st. You will find here all the novelties in force since the last publication of these rules.

Brook trout and lake trout management plans

Enforcement of the lake trout and brook trout management plan's new rules. For further information, see the department's management plans This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Zone 1

The new rules regarding this fishing zone are as follows:

  • Modification of fishing periods for many species in the zone;
  • Reduced catch and possession limit for char: 10 in total;
  • Modification to the catch and possession limit for char in a sector of rivière Petite Cascapédia and in rivières Petite Cascapédia Est and Ouest: 1 in total, measuring less than 36 cm;
  • Modification to the catch and possession limit for Atlantic salmon in rivières Petite Cascapédia, Petite Cascapédia Est and Ouest: 1 small fish caught and retained or 3 caught and released, according to the quota caught first.

See all the particular rules for zone 1.

Zone 2

The new rules regarding this fishing zone are as follows:

  • Modification of fishing period for many species in the zone;
  • Reduction of the catch and possession limit for char in the zone: 10 in total;
  • Modification of fishing period for whitefish in rivière Touladi;
  • Modification of rivière Patapédia's prohibited fishing sector;
  • Modification of the winter fishing period in lacs Beau, Témiscouata, Jerry, de l’Est, Grand lac Squatec, Humqui and Pohénégamook - Winter fishing strictly allowed in waters with a maximum depth of 3 metres.

See all the particular rules for zone 2.

Zone 3

The new rules regarding this fishing zone are as follows:

  • Modification of fishing period for lake trout in the zone;
  • Reduced catch and possession limit for char in the zone: 10 in total;
  • Modification of fishing period in ZEC Jaro.

See all the particular rules for zone 3.

Zone 4

The new rules regarding this fishing zone are as follows:

  • Modification of fishing period for lake trout in the zone.

See all the particular rules for zone 4.

Zone 5

The new rules regarding this fishing zone are as follows:

  • Modification of fishing period for lake trout in the zone.

See all the particular rules for zone 5.

Zone 6

The new rules regarding this fishing zone are as follows:

  • Modification of fishing period for lake trout in the zone.

See all the particular rules for zone 6.

Zone 7

The new rules regarding thi fishing zone are as follows:

  • Modification of fishing period for lake trout in the zone;
  • Modification of fishing period for many species in a sector of rivière Bécancour.

See all the particular rules for zone 7.

Zone 9

The new rules regarding this fishing zone are as follows:

  • Introduction of a new length limit for lake trout in the zone: 55 cm or more;
  • Former length limit for lake trout in lacs Louisa and des Îles maintained: 45 cm or more.

See all the particular rules for zone 9.

Zone 10

The new rules regarding this fishing zone are as follows:

  • Prohibition of fishing from April 1st to July 15 in one sector of rivière Gatineau;
  • Modification of fishing periods for lake trout and bass in lac Marie-Louise (municipality of La Minerve); 
  • Closure of winter fishing in lacs Moreno and Veuillot (municipality of Nominingue), à la Loutre (municipality of Huberdeau), de la Sucrerie (municipality of Amherst), Cameron (municipality of Low), Creux (municipality of Lac-Nigault) and several other lakes in the area;
  • Introduction of a new length limit for lake trout in lacs Labelle (municipality of Labelle), Grandes Baies (municipality of Nominingue) and several other lakes in the area: 55 cm or more;
  • Modification of fishing periods in lac Rognon (municipality of Amherst);
  • Opening of winter fishing for char and trout in lac Ambroise (municipality of Déléage).

See all the particular rules for zone 10.

Zone 11

The new rules regarding this fishing zone are as follows:

  • Introduction of a new length limit for lake trout in the area: 55 cm or more;
  • Maintaining the old length limit for lake trout in lacs Pérodeau, Des Cornes and Major: 45 cm or more;
  • Opening of fishing for some species in lac Tapani on the first weekend of March;
  • Reduction of catch and possession limit for lake trout in lac Borcoman (municipality of Ferme-Neuve): 0 retained.

See all the particular rules for zone 11.

Zone 12

The new rules regarding this fishing zone are as follows:

  • Closure of winter fishing on many lakes in the zone;
  • Introduction of a new length limit for lake trout in lac Duval: 55 cm or more.

See all the particular rules for zone 12.

Zone 13 East

The new rules regarding this fishing zone are as follows:

  • The lacs Cuillère 1 and 2 become the lac Cuillère;
  • Modification of fishing periods in lacs Roger, Namego, Wetetnagami, Charrett and Jalobert: same as the zone fishing periods;  
  • Modification of the daily catch limit for lake trout in lac Wetetnagami: 2 in total (same as the zone limit).

See all the particular rules for zone 13.

Zone 13 West

The new rules regarding this fishing zone are as follows:

  • Opening of fishing in lacs Florentien and Ab-Rono and surrounding lacs Sans nom for 3 days in August with a daily catch limit of 3 char in total;
  • Opening of lacs Laniel 1 and 2 with a daily catch limit of 3 char in total;
  • Modification of fishing periods in one sector of rivière La Sarre: no fishing for all species from April 1st to June 14 inclusively;
  • Closure of winter fishing in lacs Plasez, Moulin and Black as part of the lake trout management plan;
  • Name change: lac Galt becomes lac du Grand Couteau;
  • Introduction of a new length limit for lake trout in lacs Aldor, À l'Eau Claire, Guay and Saint-Amand: 55 cm or more.

See all the particular rules for zone 13.

Zone 14

The new rules regarding this fishing zone are as follows:

  • Modification of fishing periods for char, landlocked salmon, trout and lake trout in the zone;
  • Reduction of catch and possession limit for char in the zone: 10 in total;
  • Introduction of a new length limit for lake trout in lac Vaillant: 55 cm or more;
  • Modification of fishing periods in lac du Tabac (municipality of Baie-Obaoca).

See all the particular rules for zone 14.

Zone 15

The new rules regarding this fishing zone are as follows:

  • Modification to the fishing periods for char, trout, lake trout and landlocked salmon in the zone;
  • Reduced catch and possession limit for char in the zone: 10 in total;
  • Introduction of a new length limit for lake trout in the zone: 55 cm or more.

See all the particular rules for zone 15.

Zone 16

The new rules regarding this fising zone are as follows:

  • Harmonization with zone 13 of the length limit for walleye in lacs Turgeon and aux Loutres: 32 cm up to and including 47 cm.

See all the particular rules for zone 16.

Zone 17

The new rules regarding this fishing zone are as follows:

  • Modification of fishing periods in some sectors of rivières de l’Aigle, Opawica and Saint-Cyr as well as in lacs Chevrier and Doda and in ruisseau Germain;
  • Reduced catch and possession limit for char in the zone: 15 in total or 4 kg + 1 char;
  • Closing ot winter fishing in some sectors of lac Chibougamau;
  • Modification to the fishing period in rivière Énard of lac Chibougamau;
  • Harmonization of fishing periods of many species in several bodies of water.

See all the particular rules for zone 17.

Zone 18

The new rules regarding this fishing zone are as follows:

  • Closing of winter fishing for all species in rivière Boucher, lacs du Grand Portage, de la Montagne, McKinley and Betsiamites (Bersimis-2) and in réservoirs Outardes-2, Outardes-3 et Outardes-4;
  • Introduction of a new length limit for lake trout in lacs Dubuc, Kakuskanus, des Caribous, du Sault-aux-Cochons and Sédillot and in réservoirs Betsiamites (Bersimis-2), Pipmuacan (Bersimis-1), Outardes-2, Outardes-3, Manic-1 et Manic-2: 55 cm or more;
  • Introduction of a new lengts limit for lake trout in lac Fléché: less than 60 cm;
  • Harmonization of the fishing period for trout with the fishing period for char in the zone.

See all the particular rules of zone 18.

Zone 19 South, Part A

The new rules regarding this fishing zone are as follows:

  • Closure of winter fishing for all species in reservoirs Outardes-4 and Manic-3;
  • Harmonization with the zone’s catch and possession limit for lake trout in reservoir Manic-5: less than 60 cm;
  • Introduction of a new length limit for lake trout in reservoirs Manic-3 and Outardes-4: 45 cm or more.

See all the particular rules for zone 19.

Zone 19 South, Part B

The new rules regarding this fishing zone are as follows:

  • Reduction of catch and possession limit for Atlantic salmon in one sector of rivière Saint-Jean: 0 retained.

See all the particular rules for zone 19.

Zone 21

The new rules regarding this fishing zone are as follows:

  • Reduction of catch and possession limit for char in the zone: 5 in total (except in bodies of water of zone 21 located eastside of the western tip of île de Kegaska;
  • Modification of fishing periods for char in rivière Saguenay, baie des Chaleurs and îles-de-la-Madeleine waters; 
  • Modification of fishing periods for many species in some sectors of rivière Saguenay.

See all the particular rules for zone 21.

Zone 22

The new rules regarding this fishing zone are as follows:

  • Modification to the fishing periods for all species in the zone.

See all the particular rules for zone 22.

Zone 23

The new rules regarding this fishing zone are as follows:

  • Modification of fishing period for all species in the zone and maintenance of an additional mandatory catch and release period for outfitters until September 30;
  • Introduction of a new daily catch limit and length limit for landlocked salmon in rivière Caniapiscau, from its confluence with rivière Koksoak to the chute du Calcaire located 27 km upstream.

See all the particular rules for zone 23.

Zone 24

The new rules regarding this fishing zone are as follows:

  • Modification of fishing period for all species in the zone.

See all the particular rules for zone 24.

Zone 26

The new rules regarding this fishing zone are as follows: 

Modification of fishing period for lake trout in the zone; 

Harmonization of fishing period for mukellunge in rivière Saint-Maurice and lac Mékinac with the fishing period of the zone for that species;

Closure of winter fishing and prohibition to fish for char at all time in the Grande Baie sector of lac Édouard;

Introduction of a new length limit for lake trout in lacs à l’Eau Claire, aux Sables and du Missionnaire : 55 cm or more;

Reduction of catch and possession limit for lake trout in Grand lac Long : 0 retained;

Modification of fishing period for some species in lac des Pins Rouges.

See all the particular rules for zone 26.

Zone 27

The new rules regarding this fishing zone are as follows:

  • Introduction of a new length limit for lake trout in lacs Long and Montauban : 55 cm or more;
  • Modification of fishing period for bass and muskellunge in the zone;
  • Modification of fishing period in Portneuf wildlife reserve, in ZECs de la Rivière-Blanche and des Martres;
  • Closure of Atlantic tomcod fishing in the zone, except in rivière Sainte-Anne, between the downstream side of autoroute 138 bridge and the upstream side of autoroute 40;
  • Introduction of a winter fishing period in lac de la Mine, at Notre-Dame-de-Montauban : from December 20 to March 31.

See all the particular rules for zone 27.

Zone 28

The new rules regarding this fishing zone are as follows:

  • Introduction of a length limit for walleye and sauger in lac Saint-Jean's Community Wildlife Area, excluding lac à Jim and rivière Micosas: 47 cm maximum;
  • Modification of fishing period for all species in lacs des Îles, Ménicanane, Neault, Providence, Quémandeur, à la Truite, Yarbo and in Petit lac Monikanan Ouest;
  • Modification of fishing rules in rivières Saguenay, Chicoutimi, Shipshaw, Descente des Femmes and aux Vases;
  • Introduction of a new length limit for yellow walleye in Ashuapmushuan Wildlife Reserve : 32 cm up to and including 47 cm;
  • Introduction of a new length limit for lake trout in many bodies of wter in the zone: 55 cm or more;
  • Reduction of the catch and possession limit for lake trout in lac Chaumonot : 0 retained.

See all the particular rules for zone 28.

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