Fishing is a fun activity open to everyone, from families to the most experienced angler. Since fish are a renewable and fragile resource, you need to comply with the laws and regulations governing this activity.

Your outfitters are experts on the subject, so don’t hesitate to ask them any questions. The website of the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs is also a good source for information on fishing laws and regulations.

Fishing permits are required for sport fishing throughout Quebec. In Lanaudière, you need to obtain a sport fishing licence (except for Atlantic salmon). Prices vary based on the length of your activity (mandatory release, 1 day, 3 days, 5 days, 7 days or annual). Your spouse, your children under 18 and your children between 18 and 24 (with valid student ID) can fish under your licence.

You can obtain one from any authorized sales agent. These are generally hunting and fishing supply retailers, convenience stores, etc. For pricing information, click here:

To fish in an outfitter’s territory, you must also pay a fishing fee. Just ask – it’s often included in package deals and with the daily fishing rates.

Catch limits vary based on the fishing zone and time of year. There’s a catch limit, also known as a fishing quota, for every fishing licence you own. For information on catch limits, please contact the outfitter or consult the website of Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs

  • Generally, the maximum number of hooks that can be used on a line is three.
  • Certain bodies of water are reserved for fly fishing.
  • Fishing is permitted at night, except in salmon rivers.
  • Earthworms and leeches are permitted as bait.
  • Minnows are prohibited as bait.
  • When transporting fish, be sure you can identify the species, for example by leaving some skin.
  • If a length limit applies, it is usually forbidden to cut the fish into fillets because they may have to be measured and counted.
  • Fish caught through sport fishing are not to be sold.

To rent or operate a power-driven pleasure craft (even electric), the operator must carry proof of competency, whatever the horsepower or size of the motor.