Route 138, Descente #3, St-Anne-De-La-Pérade
+1 418 325-2804

Centre de Pêche Gaétan Portelance


Answers to frequently asked questions

  • At fishing center Gaétan Portelance:

  • - Fishing equipment is included.
  • - No fishing permit required
  • - No catch limit.

Fishing cabins are rustic buildings, traditionally made of wood. They are set up so ice fishing can be practiced in a warm indoor area with some conveniences but without sleeping accommodations. The cabin is equipped with a small table, a few chairs, a bench and electricity. The cabin is equipped with a wood stove for heating that can also be used for cooking. The fishing equipment is built into the cabin’s structure, with a rod holding the lines, fishhooks and sinkers positioned over the hole..

Ice fishing is done inside the hut, seated on a bench the length of the hut, facing a "hole". This hole is in fact an opening made in the wooden floor of the cabin that is over top of a another hole that was previously cut in the ice. The dimension of the hole is 30 centimeters wide and its length varies according the to the size of the cabin. The hole allows access to the water of the river. With the help of the fishing equipment inside the cabin you will be able to fish the Tomcod protected from the cold weather.

Our ice-fishing cabins in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade are set next to each other along the river, creating a little “fishing village”. Vehicules can easily navigate on the safe marked-out road which has a very thick layer of ice under which more than 900 million Tomcod have come to spawn.

The Tomcod is a groundfish (stays very close to the bottom of the river) and moves in large groups. At its mouth, the Sainte-Anne River is affected by the effects of the tides. For proper fishing please follow the guidelines below and most importantly be sure to adjust the height of the fishing lines according to the tides of the Sainte-Anne River.

  • - Place the bait on the path of the fish.
  • - Keep the fishing lines half an inch(1.25cm) above the riverbed.
  • - Frequently check the depth of the hooks and lines.
  • - Make sure to change regularly the bait.

Winter clothing is essential for those who wish to take part in activities on site or to practice winter activities outside the cabin

  • - Wear warm winter clothing/li>
  • - Mittens
  • - Winter hat
  • - Proper warm boots or thermal socks
  • - A dry change of sock
  • - A dry change of clothes for children

It is recommended that you wear several layers of clothing. This way depending if you are inside the cabin which is equipped with a wood stove that will keep you warm or playing outside in the cold, you can choose to dress accordingly.

Note: Clothing made of natural fibers like leather, fur and suede may retain the smell of the fishing cabin for a while after. This scent comes from the water and indicates the presence of Tomcod in the river.