Latest news on regulation

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.

Striped bass fishing in 2019-2020

Authorization to fish and keep striped bass caught in most of the rivers flowing into the striped bass fishing area of zone 21, located eastside of a line connecting Forestville to Rimouski.

Atlantic salmon fishing

  • The annual quota has been reduced from seven to four salmon, including no more than one big salmon (where it is allowed), except in Nord-du-Québec (zones 23 and 24), where four salmon can be kept regardless of size.
  • The duration of the one-day salmon fishing licence has been changed, and it has now become a three-day salmon fishing licence.
  • A salmon that is kept, where this is permitted in Québec, must be tagged with a tag from the licence of the person who struck it.
  • Since April 1, 2018, anyone wishing to fish salmon in zones 23 and 24 must use the services of an outfitter;
  • For people who fish for Atlantic salmon in zones 23 and 24, the MFFP recommends that they use the angler's logbook to register with an outfitter, register the salmon they keep and obtain instructions to take part in the collection of information that will be used to manage the species in those zones.

See the complete regulation on salmon fishing.

“Pêche en herbe” and “Relève à la pêche” certificates

Residents under 18 years of age who have a “Pêche en herbe This hyperlink will open in a new window.” or “Relève à la pêche” certificate may fish for Atlantic salmon, but catch-and-release is mandatory.

Number of lines permitted in winter

The winter fishing period during which several lines may be used in zone 16 has been extended. 

See the complete regulation on number of line permitted.

Bait fish

  • New species have been added to the list of prohibited bait fish.
  • The period during which bait fish may be used has been harmonized with the extension of the winter fishing period in zone 16.
  • Two sectors in zone 28, where dead smelt may be used as bait, have been modified.

See the complete regulation on use of bait.

Ban on the use of certain devices to fish for walleye

It is forbidden to fish for walleye using a longbow, crossbow or harpoon while swimming in zones 9 to 12, 15, 16, 27 and 28 (and also in zones 3 to 8, 13 West and 13 East, 14, 17, 22 to 24 and 26, where the ban was already in force).

See the complete regulation on types of fishing.

Zone 1

Changes to the char catch limits in several salmon rivers. See all the particular rules for zone 1.

Zone 2

  • Closing of lac Long to winter fishing
  • Changes to the catch and possession limits for whitefish in some lakes.

See all the particular rules for zone 2.

Zone 3

The opening of fishing for all species in Lac Trois-Saumons has been delayed. See all the particular rules for zone 3.

Zone 4

  • A minimum size of 42 centimetres has been introduced for landlocked salmon and the catch and possession limit for landlocked salmon has been reduced from three (3) to two (2).
  • It is forbidden to fish for landlocked salmon in winter in Grand lac Saint-François.

See all the particular rules for zone 4.

Zone 7

Fishing of redhorse and suckers is prohibited in the Lac Saint-Pierre community wildlife area. See all the particular rules for zone 7.

Zone 8

  • The fishing period for char, trout and lake trout has been changed in this zone.
  • A special sector has been added, 100 m on either side of the Autoroute de l'Acier ( A-30) bridge.
  • Fishing of redhorse and suckers is prohibited in the Lac Saint-Pierre community wildlife area.

See all the particular rules for zone 8.

Zone 9

  • Fishing for lake trout has been closed in Lac Blanc and Lac Ouareau (including part of Rivière Ouareau).
  • Opening of lake trout fishing at Lac Archambault (including its tributaries, its bays and Lac Tire).
  • Winter fishing periods have been introduced for Lac Vert, Lac Morgan and a nameless lake (Sourire).

See all the particular rules for zone 9.

Zone 10

The fishing period for Lac des Sources has been changed. See all the particular rules for zone 10.

Zone 11

  • In the Petawaga ZEC, the opening dates for fishing of catfish and muskellunge have been harmonized with the opening dates for fishing of pike and walleye.
  • A new size range has been introduced for lake trout in Lac Pérodeau and Lac Des Cornes (45 cm and over).
  • The rules governing fishing of lake trout in Lac Major have been harmonized with the zone rules (same limit, and lake trout measuring more than 45 cm).
  • Winter fishing on Lac Tapani has been closed (same fishing periods as for the zone).

See all the particular rules for zone 11.

Zone 13 West

  • Catch limits have been adjusted for Lac Petite Prairies (47°16’48’’N, 79°15’22’’W.), Lac des Soeurs (48°10’49’’N., 77°43’11’’W.) and the unnamed lake (town) (48°48’N., 79°10’W.), i.e. a total limit of 5 for char and trout).
  • The boundaries of the Kipawa and Decelles sanctuaries have been changed.
  • Lac Florentien (47°53’44’’N., 78°10’21’’W.), Lac Ab-Rono (47°53’28’’N., 78°10’13’’W.), Lac Laniel 1 (47°02’58’’N., 79°15’11’’W.), Lac Laniel 2 (47°00’41’’N., 79°16’18’’W.) and the surrounding unnamed lakes (47°54’18’’N., 78°09’59’’W. / 47°54’08’’N., 78°09’37’’W. / 47°53’16’’N., 78°09’57’’W. / 47°53’14’’N., 78°10’21’’W.) / 47°53’26’’N., 78°10’31’’W.) / 47°53’16’’N., 78°10’41’’W.) / 47°52’58’’N., 78°10’52’’W.)/ 47°52’51’’N., 78°10’41’’W.) have been completely closed.

See all the particular rules for zone 13.

Zone 15

  • The catch limits for pike and walleye have been reduced in the Parc national du Mont-Tremblant;
  • A length limit (55 cm or more) has been added for lake trout at Lac Sing.

See all the particular rules for zone 15.

Zone 16

  • Spring fishing dates have been changed for catfish, pike, walleye and “other species”.
  • New length limits have been introduced for yellow walleye in the waters of the Mistawac outfitting operation (32 cm to 47 cm).

See all the particular rules for zone 16.

Zone 19 South, Part B

  • Smelt fishing has been opened in Rivière Olomane along a line running between point 50°12'31" N., 60°40'11" W., point 50°11'51" N., 60°39'14" W., point 50°11'43" N., 60°38'10" W., point 50°12'06" N., 60°36'45" W. and a point located 100 m downstream of the first rapids.
  • Fishing for lake trout has been closed in the Romaine I reservoir.
  • Salmon fishing has been closed on Rivière Jupitagon.

See all the particular rules for zone 19.

Zone 21

The catch limits for char have been changed at various places. See all the particular rules for zone 21.

Zone 22

  • The requirement to obtain a right of access and report on fishing results has been lifted for the Weh-Sees Indohun and Eastmain sectors.
  • Fishing periods for the Weh-Sees Indohun and Eastmain sectors have been harmonized with the zone rules.
  • The season closing dates for pike, walleye, char, landlocked salmon, yellow perch and lake trout have been changed in Lac Hélène (the portion within a radius of 200 m downstream of the mouth of Rivière Castor (53°45’00’’N 77°00’00’’W.).

See all the particular rules for zone 22.

Zone 26

The two-week fishing closure in June has been abandoned at Lac Saint-Alexis. See all the particular rules for zone 16.

Zone 27

The opening of the fishing season has been delayed for Lac à l’Anguille, Lac en Coeur, Lac de la Baie-des-Rochers, Lac Nairne and Lac Port-aux-Quilles. See all the particular rules for zone 27.

Zone 28

A fishing period starting on December 20 and ending on March 31 has been introduced for Lac du Dépôt, Lac Kauashekamatsh and an unnamed lake south of the latter. See all the particular rules for zone 28.