Lac Mistassini, 400 miles north of Montreal, is the largest natural lake in Quebec by surface area. It can be reached with a vehicle, but it better be a tank because it’s a long, tough road. Mistassini feeds one of Quebec’s legendary brook-trout rivers, the Rupert, and is conversely known for giving up prodigious speckled trout. But the big lake is home to plenty of lakers over 20 pounds, and excellent pike and walleye fishing for a lake this far north. In fact, Mistassini is one of the best places to seek trophy northern pike in all of Quebec.
According to Ostiguy, “One morning on Mistassini with Cree guides I caught at least 50 walleyes,” he said. “Then, after lunch—six pike over 15 pounds came out of the same bay. And my friends all had similar success.”
Abundant wildlife like, seals, whales, belugas, and polar bears are daily occurrences. “Wildlife is the big bonus,” Ostiguy states. “The occasional sighting of a magnificent musk ox, caribou herd, or a pack of white wolves in sub-Arctic settings can be as exciting as the fishing. Seeing the Aurora Borealis—the northern lights—is almost a guarantee when skies remain clear.”
“As you can see, Quebec has a lot to offer for all budgets. What makes it so special is thousands of square miles of unspoiled wilderness and getting away from the rush of daily life,” Ostiguy explains. “But nowhere else in North America can you experience the cultural differences offered here—the French Canadian, Cree, and Inuit ways that make Quebec unique. Travelers that drive here can spend time in Montreal or Quebec City to take in the culture, history, and blue-ribbon restaurants.”
Quebec is a world class fishing destination, indeed, and there are a variety of plans available—including 5-star accommodations, American plans, semi American plans, remote cottage, wilderness drop-offs at outpost cabins… Quebec Outfitters can put you in the right hands. In fact, they can put you in the boat with a guide for any species mentioned in this article.
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