Frequently asked questions
Do I need a fishing licence?
Yes, a fishing licence is required in most cases.
You must keep it with you when you fish and show it when asked to do so by a conservation officer or assistant.
In the table below, we have detailed the proposed permit categories, as well as their availability according to your status:
Categories of permits Residents Non residents Sport fishing (excluding Atlantic salmon) Yearly, persons under 65 years of age Yes Yes Yearly, people aged 65 and over Yes Yes 7 consecutive days No Yes 3 consecutive days Yes Yes One day No Yes Release / mandatory release (only in outfitters) Yes Yes Burbot fishing in Lac Saint-Jean Yearly Yes Yes Atlantic Salmon Sport Fishing Yearly Yes Yes One day Yes Yes Mandatory release Yes Yes Replacement license Yes Yes
What species can I fish with my licence?
Generally speaking, your sport fishing licence allows you to fish all species of fish of interest to Quebec fishers, except Atlantic salmon.
You will also be able to fish for species other than salmon in some salmon rivers in the following areas: 1,2,3,3,18 to 21, 23,27 and 28, only outside salmon fishing periods.
To fish for Atlantic salmon, you must have a special licence for salmon fishing. This licence is required throughout Quebec to fish salmon and all other species of fish in salmon rivers during salmon fishing periods.
It is possible to fish for other salmon species with your general sport fishing licence.
Can I fish in a salmon river with my general fishing licence?
No. During salmon fishing periods, a special salmon licence is required to fish for any species in a salmon river.
Under certain exceptional conditions and circumstances, you may fish in a salmon river with your general sport fishing permit, only in the western part of Rivière aux Rochers below the bridge from Boulevard des Îles bridge in Port-Cartier to the mouth (Petit Quai sector, Part A of Area 19 South).
Do I have to release all my catch with a salmon licence with a release obligation?
No. The licence holder may keep these catches of species other than salmon during a salmon fishing season in a salmon river.
Do I need a special licence to fish monkfish?
Yes, this licence will be useful for anglerfish fishing under certain conditions specific to only part of Lac Saint-Jean.
But it is possible to fish for monkfish with your general licence, with no catch limit, between December 20 and March 31.
In addition, you must respect the number of lines allowed in winter, either 5, as well as the maximum number of hooks allowed, or 3 per line.