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If you have any questions, wish to learn more about hunting regulations or would you like a few practical tips, this section can provide you with the answers you seek and direct you to related sites.
To see the fishing regulations in effect in Quebec, contact your outfitter or visit the Web site of the Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife where you will find a host of information on fishing seasons, the provincial fishing zone map and recent regulation amendments. An overview of the regulations is presented below:
Fishing zones, Fishing Maps & Fishing seasons
Quebec is divided into 29 fishing zones. Some regulations apply to all zones, while certain species-specific regulations apply to only a few zones.
There are three types of licenses in Quebec:
- Fishing license for species other than salmon or monkfish,
- Salmon fishing license
- Monkfish fishing license.
All residents and non-residents must obtain a sport fishing license to practice this activity in Quebec. The spouse and children under age 18 of a holder of a fishing license for species other than salmon or monkfish may fish without having their own license. A license holder must keep bring the license with him or her when fishing and must present it to a wildlife officer or assistant wildlife officer upon request. A fishing license may be obtained from official license vendors, such as certain sports stores, hardware stores, corner stores or authorized outfitters. For the cost of a fishing license or for any other information on the subject, see the Web site of the Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife.
There are catch limits to respect: daily quota, number of fish kept and fish size. The daily quota represents the maximum number of fish that can be caught by a license holder in a single day. The limit on the number of fish kept represents the number of fish that a holder may have in his or her possession at any one time, such as on his or her return from a fishing trip. Size limits are imposed on certain species of fish. All fish caught and kept by the spouse and/or children under age 18 of a license holder are included in the holder’s allowable catch limit.
During transportation, the fish must be preserved in a state allowing for visual species identification, tallying and estimation of length. The sale of fish caught is expressly forbidden. Fishers who wish to bring their catch home with them must respect the limit on the number of fish kept.