A region rich in freshwater inland seas, Abitibi-Témiscamingue was quickly recognized as a paradise for walleye and northern pike. It is a natural habitat for moose and black bears, and its game-filled forests welcome over 25,000 hunters searching for “the Shimmering Beast” each year, in addition to being home to 22% of all bears harvested in Québec.
Outfitters have plenty of experience in their field and are committed to the sustainability of the resource. They want to ensure the variety, size, and abundance of fish species found in the region’s lakes. Hunting and fishing are a tradition for the locals, but to have the most enriching experience, you have to meet the professionals who have made a job of their passion: the outfitters. Fishing enthusiast Étienne Lacombe explains why:
I have a memory I’ll always cherish of a trip I went on with my father and brother-in-law to a lovely corner of Abitibi-Témiscamingue. We’d met up and were finally spending time together. It happened fairly early one morning: we were pedaling along at a leisurely pace when we suddenly saw a female moose and her little calves in the distance. We slowly got closer and watched them eating on the shore of the lake. The sun was rising slowly, nature was waking up. About half an hour later, we had some big old walleye at the end of our lines! It was a pretty fantastic experience!
I really like outfitters for a number of reasons. For starters, because they make fishing accessible. I don’t own a fishing boat. I’m not equipped for fishing, I don’t have any sort of large boat. I like going to professionals for this. They know their lake and they provide all the equipment I need. They can give me tips and guide me to the best fishing spots on their lake. With so many lakes in the region, finding the right place to fish can be tough, but outfitters offer a turnkey solution. You don’t have to bother with a ton of details—I just go there and get fine accommodations and good food, which is an experience in itself!
Like Étienne, place your trust in Abitibi-Témiscamingue outfitters and let them offer you a stay to remember, whether you’re going on a family trip and fishing on the side or setting off in search of the ultimate trophy.
Game found in the region: moose and black bear
Fish found in the region: walleye, northern pike, lake trout, brook trout and smallmouth bass.
HUNTING to discover here: Moose
With its 65,000 km2 of forests, the territory’s vastness provides wildlife with a prime habitat with plenty of food, shelter and mating opportunities. The woods are full of game, and the moose is, of course, the king of the jungle.
When cow hunting is permitted throughout the region, over 3,000 animals are harvested, which represents 15% of the provincial total. Come get your own trophy!
FISHING to discover here: Walleye
This territory is dotted with some 22,000 fish-rich lakes and rivers that are frequented year after year by over 100,000 anglers. The walleye is undoubtedly the favorite species of most of them.
It’s not for nothing that 22% of Québec walleye anglers choose to cast their line in Abitibi-Témiscamingue; almost two-thirds of retained catches are walleye. To be fair, it is a delicious species. It’s even said to taste like almond!
People come from far away for the fun of catching it or to enjoy it as a meal. Although outfitters report 52% of their angler clientele is from Québec, their clientele is still in first place in Québec for the number of fishing days practiced by non-resident anglers, mainly Americans, who are big fans of walleye and pike. What are you waiting for to join them?