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A Day on the Water with Rod and Tackle

Published on
May 26, 2016
What could be more relaxing, enjoyable and eco-friendly than fishing? And when the fish are biting, the day promises great catches and delicious fish fries. Just because you live in “the city,” there’s no reason to forgo your favourite pastime.

If the sight of a fishing rod conjures up pleasant holiday memories, you’ll be pleased to know that yellow perch, walleye and other sunfish can be caught in Rivière des Prairies and the St. Lawrence River, a stone’s throw from where you live. That’s right: you can fish to your heart’s content in seven of Montréal’s parks!

A naturalist will even be on hand at Parc-nature du Bois-de-l’Île-Bizard (June 19) and Parc-nature Cap-Saint-Jacques (July 9) to answer all your questions about the various species of fish and to provide eco-friendly fishing tips. 

Except in rare cases, the water quality in Montréal is good, so you can safely eat what you catch, within the limits suggested in the Guide pratique de la pêche sportive en eau douce (a sport-fishing guide to Quebec freshwater fish that are safe to eat). Non-edible species, endangered species and undersized specimens must be put back in the water. 

Before casting your line, learn more about fishing permits, tips and equipment.

And don’t worry if you return home empty-handed. After all, the most important thing is to have fun (and there are excellent fish markets in all the city’s neighbourhoods).