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Five mythic lakes located in wildlife reserves

Here’s what every angler will tell you: there’s no better feeling than to find yourself on a lake, in search of the trophy that will be the envy of one and all. If you want to make this feeling of well-being last, why not get away from it all by stopping over on one of the mythic waterways located in Québec’s wildlife reserves?

During one or more days of angling, you can outwit those wily fish on world-renowned lakes brimming with large handsome specimens. Are you ready to cast your line?

Réserve faunique Mastigouche Réserve faunique Mastigouche
Réserve faunique Mastigouche - Lac au Sorcier Beside | © Sépaq

Lac Jacques-Cartier - Réserve faunique des Laurentides

Lac Jacques-Cartier, located near l'Etape in the Réserve faunique des Laurentides, is a source of wonder for motorists traveling between the Québec City and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean regions. This waterway is also popular with anglers because it offers a simple opportunity to catch some grey trout in one’s own personal boat. In addition to being easily accessible, the lake is filled with gorgeous hefty native specimens that are the envy of anglers from far and wide. And don’t worry about reaching your catch limit: Lac Jacques-Cartier has the best grey trout fishing quality ratio of any wildlife reserve in Québec.

Lac Walker - Réserve faunique de Port-Cartier-Sept-Îles

Located 20 kilometres from Port-Cartier in the Côte-Nord region, majestic Lac Walker is the stuff of every angler’s dreams. Recognized for its awe-inspiring scenery, this Réserve faunique de Port-Cartier-Sept-Îles waterway also offers visitors exceptional fishing quality with a high catch limit. It would also appear that Lac Walker, the deepest freshwater lake in Québec, hides the most beautiful trophy speckled trout. Will you be able to reel one in?

Réserve faunique des Laurentides
Réserve faunique des Laurentides - Lac Jacques-Cartier Émile David | © Sépaq
Réserve faunique de Port-Cartier–Sept-Îles
Réserve faunique de Port-Cartier–Sept-Îles - Lac Walker Fokus Productions | © Sépaq
Réserve faunique de Papineau-Labelle
Réserve faunique de Papineau-Labelle - Lac Montjoie Jérôme Charest | © Sépaq
Réserve faunique La Vérendrye
Réserve faunique La Vérendrye - Grand Lac Victoria Steve Deschênes | © Sépaq

Lac Montjoie - Réserve faunique de Papineau-Labelle

True legends are often born far away from prying eyes. The crystal-clear waters of Lac Montjoie in Réserve faunique de Papineau-Labelle offer you the opportunity to catch trout, landlocked salmon, and brook trout in a remote location where you’ll feel alone in the world and ready to do battle with record specimens. Some cabins in this fishing sector are accessible only by water. Now that’s what we call getting away from it all!

Grand lac Victoria - Réserve faunique La Vérendrye

Grand Lac Victoria of Réserve faunique La Vérendrye features the same magnificent excess as the territory it calls home. The waterway is incredibly rich, especially given the high-quality walleye fishing it has to offer. If you want to make this destination the meeting place for your next fishing trip, please note that cozy two-year-young Modik cabins are available at the edge of the lake. The perfect scenario for leaving here with one of the most beautiful catches of your life!

Lac au Sorcier - Réserve faunique Mastigouche

Located in Réserve faunique Mastigouche, Lac Sorcier owes its great popularity to the resident landlocked salmon, a species established in the lake about 80 years ago. A rarity in the Mauricie and Lanaudière regions, this salmonid lures a horde of anglers, as does the scenic beauty of the place itself. The popular and mysterious lake takes its name from the ancient legend of a wizard, who would haunt his island preventing people from sleeping by making strange noises at night.

The legend might explain why Lac Sorcier is only open for day fishing, without the possibility of an overnight sleepover on site. For access to the lake, you must register for the free random draw, which takes place every year from March 1 to 31. This attribution process is exclusive to this lake and aims to make its access very coveted equitable for all. Will you be among the lucky few to fish there next summer?

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