Legal Deposit -
Bibliothèque and Archives nationales du Québec, 2018 ISBN : 978-2-550-75156-4ISBN : 978-2-550-75158-8
It is an offence
to catch or attempt to catch a species of fish during a
period when such fishing is prohibited, even if you plan
to immediately release the fish.
It is prohibited to sell, buy, trade or offer to buy the
following fish when they are caught during sportfishing in
Québec or when they are caught elsewhere under a sportfishing
licence: bass, allis shad, American eel, striped bass, white
bass, brown bullhead, channel catfish, carp, copper redhorse,
river redhorse, panfish, sturgeon, northern pike, chain
pickerel, walleye, rainbow smelt, burbot, black crappie,
muskellunge, yellow perch, char, landlocked salmon, Atlantic
salmon, tench, lake trout, rainbow trout and brown trout.
Furthermore, it is prohibited to sell baitfish caught while
sportfishing or to sell, buy or trade or offer to buy an
Atlantic salmon that comes from a natural environment.
It is prohibited to sell, buy or have in one’s possession
fish caught illegally.
It is prohibited to simultaneously engage in line fishing
and fly fishing: the angler must use only one line at a time.
It is prohibited for a non-beneficiary to accept from a
beneficiary of the right to harvest stipulated by the Act
respecting hunting and fishing rights in the James Bay and New
Québec territories (CQLR, chapter D-13.1) any fish caught
pursuant to such right for personal or communal uses, unless it
comes from authorized commercial fishing.
It is prohibited to fish using fish hooks or hooks handled
intentionally to catch or pierce any part of the fish, except in
cases where the fish takes the hook in its mouth. It is,
consequently, prohibited to keep a fish caught in this manner.
It is prohibited to use a spear, a bow or a crossbow to fish
for salmon or to fish in a salmon river.
It is prohibited to fish from a bridge that crosses a salmon
river or its estuary.
It is prohibited to fish in a salmon river from one hour
after sundown to one hour before sunrise. To find out when the
sun rises and sets, please consult a local newspaper or the
National Research Council of Canada Sunrise/Sunset Calculator. Note that the times mentioned on
this site are expressed in Eastern standard time.
Sport Fishing in Québec - 2018-2020 (including salmon fishing)
It is prohibited to use to take fish caught while
sportfishing out of the water:
a net other than a landing net;
a tailer over 2 m in length;
a spring gaff;
a gaff of any sort for salmon.
It is prohibited to have in one’s possession less than 100 m
from a fishing site or watercourse fishing gear whose use is
prohibited on the same site except under the conditions
stipulated in the section Sites reserved for fly fishing.
It is prohibited to fish less than 23 meters downstream from the
lower entrance of a fish ladder, an operating fishway, an obstacle or a
leaping space designed to facilitate the movement of the fish.
It is prohibited to allow to spoil a fish suited for human
consumption that has been caught and kept.
It is prohibited to fish otherwise than with a line at less than 500 m
downstream from any point at the mouth of a salmon river in zones 18,
19, 20, 27 and 28 or a salmon river in zone 21 located on the north
shore of the St. Lawrence River.