Seven places to go fishing in the Townships

Updated on Apr 15, 2024

Discover seven places where you can cast your line in the Eastern Townships and return with many memorable fish tales.

Parc Découverte Nature - Coaticook

To introduce yourself with your family or as a couple to the sport of fishing, Parc Découverte Nature is the ideal place. There are two ponds accessible to visitors who wish to experience light casting.

For those who would like to learn how to fish in a river, the park offers a package including an hour of trout fishing and learning fly fishing techniques, as well as catch-and-release practices. What’s really cool about all this? You’ll be able to savour your catch right there thanks to their barbecue grill service and provided seasonings. Fresh fish you say?!

Here we can catch : brook trout and rainbow trout.

Starting on May 18, 2024.

The Magog River and the St-François River—Sherbrooke

At the confluence of the Magog and St-François rivers, Sherbrooke offers several interesting spots for fishing amateurs. A network of trails along the Magog River and 11 fishing pools provide easy access for anglers. The St-François River, by itself has 23 fishing pools in the Lennoxville sector, near downtown Sherbrooke and in the Bromptonville area.

Here we can catch : brown trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, lake trout, brook trout, muskellunge, northern pike, yellow perch, yellow walleye, yellow perch, lake whitefish, rainbow smelt, bluegill, chain pickerel, rock bass, and brown bullhead.

Consult Sherbrooke's fishing zones map

Lake Massawippi – Ayer’s Cliff

Being the deepest lake in the region, Lake Massawippi is a true paradise for sports fishing with an abundance of salmon, bass, perch and pike. Each year, many fishing tournaments are held here and gather hundreds of amateurs. With all the mountains and forests surrounding it, the lake is also considered among the ten most beautiful lakes of Quebec.

Here we can catch : salmon, bass, perch, pike, trout, lake trout, walleye.

Grand lac Saint-François and Parc national de Frontenac

Partially located in the Parc national de Frontenac, the Grand lac Saint-François is the third most important lake in the southern Saint-Lawrence sector. It’s clear therefore that you’ll have plenty of space to cast your line.

For national park accomodation renters, you can also fish on the interior lakes where only non-motorized boats or boats with electric motors are authorized.

Here we can catch : pike, walleye, landlocked salmon and perch.

Starting on May 17, 2024 (bass fishing begins on June 15, 2024).

Consult the fishing zones map of Grand Lac Saint-François

The North-Yamaska river

For a distance of more than 8 km, the North-Yamaska river was developed for practising fishing. It's a very popular destination for fly-fishing enthusiasts. Our collaborator Simon Diotte has also tried it and tells you more in his blog post Right in the Heart of Granby, Fishing with Serge!

Here we can catch : speckled and brown trout.

Parc national de la Yamaska — Choinière Reservoir

This body of water covering a surface of 4.5 km2, located in the heart of the Parc national de la Yamaska, the Choinière Reservoir teems with life. Besides all the fish that will be biting, you’ll observe a diversified fauna of birds, amphibians and reptiles. Also, you’ll be able to peacefully cruise across the reservoir because there are no gas-powered boats allowed here. Canoe, kayak, paddleboard and rowboat rentals are available at the national park’s Rental center.

Here we can catch : 19 fish species but mainly perch, small-mouth bass and carp.

Aventures Évasion Estrie — On Lake Mégantic

For those who would like to go on a true fishing trip, the Aventures Évasion Estrie outfitter offers fishing, lodging and boat packages. Choose you playing field: a small secluded lake at the foot of the mountains in Mont-Mégantic’s National Park for speckled trout fishing, at the Oasis du Lac waterfront cottages for walleye and bass fishing or majestic Lake Mégantic for a landlocked salmon, rainbow trout and brown trout fishing outing accompanied by a guide.

Here we can catch : speckled trout, walleye, pass, landlocked salmon, rainbow trout and brown trout.

Don’t forget to purchase your fishing permit (offered by many local businesses) and respect fishing seasons as well as the daily catch allowances for each location. Have a great time fishing!

You should read

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