Answers to frequently asked questions
At fishing center Gaétan Portelance :
- Fishing equipment is included
- No fishing permit required
- No catch limit
What is a fishing cabin?
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, with a wood stove available 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.
How is ice fishing in a cabin practiced?
Ice fishing is practiced inside the cabin, while sitting on a bench that runs the length of the cabin, facing a “hole” or opening in the wooden floor, which is superimposed over another hole cut into the ice. The hole is usually 30 centimeters wide and its length varies with the size of the cabin. It provides access to the water in the river, allowing you to fish with your equipment, while being sheltered from the cold and bad weather.
What is the fishing village?
What are the fishing techniques?
The tomcod is a groundfish and it travels in schools. The mouth of the Sainte-Anne River is influenced by the tides. To get the most out of your fishing, adjust the height of the lines according to the tides of the Sainte-Anne River.
- Place the bait in the path of the fish
- Keep the fishing lines half an inch (1.25 cm) above the riverbed
- Frequently check the depth of the hooks and lines
On the fishhook
- Bait the hook with a piece of pork liver
- You can also use a piece of “lucky shrimp” (sold on location)
- Carefully cover the tip of the hook, as the tomcod tastes before biting
- Change the pork liver every 4 to 5 minutes
- Throw any used bait in the hole
When you have one you put the tommy cod on the outside of the cabin for frozen
What to wear for ice fishing?
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
- Boots with wool or thermal socks
- A dry change of socks
- A dry change of clothing for children
Dress in multiple layers – like an onion
It is recommended that you wear several layers of clothing. This includes a t-shirt and cardigan or a pullover so you can remove the layers as needed. The woodstove can make temperatures inside the cabin vary by several degrees. It will be warm inside the cabin!
Note: Clothing made of natural fibres 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 Tommy cod in the river.