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Light fishing pressure and the best habitat add up to make Lac Perdu one of Canada’s great spots for trophy angling. The water is clean and cold, so our fish are aggressive throughout the season. You’ll share 150 sq miles of unexplored wilderness with our moose & bear . You probably won’t see another angler all day.

Northern Pike
Northern PikeFactsheet
The Northern Pike range from 5 to 45 lbs. They are generally found feeding in the shallows, but the really big ones go deep to hunt in the cooler water.

Brook Trout
Brook TroutFactsheet
Our Brookies weigh up to 6 lbs. They inhabit the feeder streams of Perdu, and are the only fish that can make the climb to the outpost camps. Since they live without predation, they are both plentiful and reckless.
Read more about them in this Field And Stream article
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Lake WhitefishFactsheet
It is a white meat fish that can reach 4 lbs. They fight like the devil when caught, and are a “reel” challenge to land with fly tackle.

Lake Trout
Lake TroutFactsheet
Lake trout can be caught on the surface nearly throughout the entire summer. The lake trout are between 3 to 40 lbs.
Read more about them in this Field And Stream article
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Catch & Release policy
Lac Perdu is in an area of Quebec that time has bypassed. The water is as clean as it was when Columbus landed; the fishing pressure is virtually non-existent. We’re seizing the opportunity to develop a fishery that is even better than “fishing like it used to be.”

First off, let’s be clear on our goal. We don't want you to return a big one so that someone else can catch him another day. Rather, we want the monsters returned so that they can breed more monsters for future generations. They grew to that size because of the environment (Lac Perdu) and because it's in their genes. It has taken thousands of years of chance breeding to enable a few to grow to trophy size, and we can't afford to throw that hard won genetic info away. We have the opportunity to help that process along by releasing the champs, and removing the slackers. We've developed a bracket system, which preserves the best of fishing for today and will develop an even greater fishery for our children.

Secondly, everyone should have the opportunity to feast at one of Nature’s grandest banquets: fresh fish from clean, cold water. There is no finer breakfast than Brook trout simply coated with flour and fried over an open campfire. No finer dinner than Pike, filleted and baked just until it flakes. Luckily, the best eating sizes also correspond to our "keeper" bracket.

small release keepers large release
These are the small fry, on their way to adult size. Some may develop into tomorrow’s giants. These are either juveniles, or stunted adults. We encourage you to cull the school (eat the keeper size) in order to remove the small adults from the breeding population. The next generation of giants will descend from today’s giants. Please return these to breed another day.
Of course any injured fish without assured survival should be kept.

The species specific brackets are:

species small release keepers large release
Brook Trout,
single barbless hook
less than 10” 10” to 14” larger than 3 lb / 14”
Lake Trout
single barbless hook
less than 20” 20” to 26” larger than 26”
single barbless treble hook
less than 24” 24” to 32” larger than 32”

The easiest pace to see bracketing at work is in the highland brook trout fisheries (Caroline & Trois Iles.) You’ll catch georgeous brookies on cast after cast, but notice the large number of smaller ones. They are in intense competition for resources, and cannot all grow to their full potential. You can help to reduce the pressure by removing the keeper size, leaving a better habitat for the rest. Don’t feel guilty about eating them; this isn’t the AuSable; there is no shortage! You are probably the first fisherman that they have ever encountered; this is the wild!

Barbless hooks
We can’t have a successful release program without enforcing a barbless hook standard. Barbless hooks reduce moratlity to a mere fraction of what it would otherwise be. They also challenge you to hone your fishing skills:

  • your hooks must be sharp, which is a good habit to get into, anyway
  • you must be alert to a strike, which is, once again, .. a good thing
  • you must keep tension on your retrieve, once again, something we should always do.

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