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N°1 | The Walleye

The Walleye belongs to the Percidae family. They can reach 107 cm in length and reach 11 kg. The average weight is about 5 kg. Walleye can live 10 to 20 years. They spawn in the spring or early summer. It can be fished from May to March. Walleye are freshwater fish of the Percidae family, a popular and commonly supplied game fish. The body is long and thin, mainly golden and olive colored, with a white belly. The back is crossed with five or more black stripes. They have two dorsal fins - one spiny and one with softened rays. The mouth of the walleye is wide, with sharp teeth, and its low-light vision helps it to find its prey at night.

Fishing period : May to March

Minimum size : 38 cm

Difficulty :

N°2 | The Coho Salmon

The Coho Salmon belongs to the Salmonidae family. it measures about 71 cm by 5 kg in general. They have a life expectancy of 5 years. They spawn from September to January. They can be captured from July to October. During their ocean phase, coho salmon have silvery sides and a dark blue back. After entering fresh water, they develop bright red flanks, blue-green heads and backs, a dark belly and dark spots on the back. Sexually mature fish develop a pale pink or pink shade along the belly, and males may have a slight arch on the back. Mature adults have a pronounced red skin color with a darker back.

Fishing period : From July to October

Minimum size : 40 cm

Difficulty :

N°3 | The Bloater fish

The Bloater fish belongs to the Salmonidae family. It has a maximum length of 37 cm for an average size of 25 cm. It has a maximum lifespan of 10 years. It spawns all year round with a peak in fall or winter. It can be fished all year round. The bloater is a small silvery white fish with a pink and purple iridescence. It has a greenish hue above and a whitish belly. It is very similar to kiyi, which distinguishes it by its lighter upper lip and smaller eye. Its body is deepest in its middle, its fins are small and pale and it has 40-47 gills.

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°4 | The Lake trout

The Lake trout belongs to the Salmonidae family. The average size is 68 cm for 3 kg. It has a lifespan of 12 years. It spawns in fall. It can be fished all year round. Lake trout have a deeply forked caudal fin and a slate-grey to greenish grey body with a lighter underside. Cream to yellow spots are usually present on the head, body, dorsal and caudal fins. Lower fins are orange-red with a narrow white edge. Younger fish will have between seven and twelve marks of broken parr along their sides. The species supports nine to twelve gills and, unlike its cousin the brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis), lake trout do not have a black band on the front edge of their anal and pelvic fins. Breeding males develop a dark lateral band on their sides.

Fishing period : all year round

Minimum size : 38 cm

Difficulty :

N°5 | The Chinook Salmon

The Chinook Salmon belongs to the Salmonidae family. This salmon can reach 1.5 m for more than 60 kg and a lifespan of 9 years. It breeds from September to December. It is caught from July to September. The Chinook is blue-green, has purple on the back and top of the head with silvery sides and white belly. It has black spots on his tail and upper half of his body. Its mouth is often dark purple in color.

Fishing period : From July to September

Minimum size : 45 cm

Difficulty :

N°6 | The Paddlefish

The Paddlefish belongs to the Polyodontidae family. The adult size is between 1.2 m to 1.8 m. It has a lifespan of 20 to 30 years. They spawn in April to May. It can be fished from mid-May to June. The long paddle-shaped snout of this fish represents about one-third of its total body length. The snout helps stabilize fish as they swim and also contains specialized cells that help detect swarms of plankton that this species feeds on. The skin is smooth. Small individuals are pink at the back and white at the base; for older people, around 25 à 30 cm, the body color changes to bluish grey on the back and cream on the vent. The eyes are small compared to the rest of the head and body. On the underside of the snout are two little barbells in front of a large, toothless mouth. When seen through the mouth, the gills are large and show the many closely spaced filaments that trap microscopic food. On each side, a gill cover extends backwards, ending with a long pointed flap. The skeleton is composed of cartilage rather than bone. The tip of the spine extends into the upper lobe of the heterrorcercal tail, much like a shark does.

Fishing period : mid-May to June

Minimum size : 60 cm

Difficulty :

N°7 | The Bluegill

The Bluegill belongs to the Centrarchidae family. Adults are between 10 and 15 cm long but can reach 41 cm. Bluegill usually lives 4 to 6 years. Spawning season for bluegill begins in late May and continues until August. They can be caught from spring to summer. Like other cramps, bluegill have a very deep and flattened body. In other words, they are "large" and "flat". They have a small mouth on a small head. The dorsal fin is continuous, with the thorny anterior part and the soft, round posterior part with a dark touch at the base. The caudal fin is slightly forked but rounded. The body is mainly olive green with a yellowish underside. Their name "bluegill" comes from the shimmering blue and purple region on the cover of the cheeks and gills (operculum). A careful examination reveals six to eight vertical olive bars on the sides.

Fishing period : from spring to summer

Minimum size : 25 cm

Difficulty :

N°8 | The Arctic Grayling

The Arctic Grayling belongs to the Salmonidae Family. The Arctic shade can reach a length of about 24 cm long and weighs about 3 kg. He can live to be 18 years old. It breeds in the spring and lays thousands of eggs. It can be fished all year round. Coloring may vary depending on the location. The dorsal fin is usually bordered red and dotted with large iridescent red, turquoise, purple or purple spots and marks. Back marks are more evident on the large shadows. The back of the Arctic shadow is generally dark. The sides can be in black, silver, gold, or blue. Gold markings sometimes form a border between the hips and the belly, while pelvic fins can be orange, red or pink. The sides and head can be freckles with black spots. The eye of the iris is often the color of gold.

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : 15 cm

Difficulty :

N°9 | The Razorback Sucker

The Razorback Sucker belongs to the Catostomidae family. It is a relatively large catostomidae, reaching more than 91 cm in length and weighing 5 to 6 kg. It has a lifespan of 50 years. It nests from January to June. It cannot be fished because of its status as an endangered species. Razorback suckers are similar to other Catostomidae, with the exception of two main characteristics. The most characteristic features of the razorback sucker are a pronounced edge made of neural and internal bone that extends from the head to the dorsal fins, as well as elongated filaments on the gills. Females have a lower keel. Well-developed filaments are made for zooplankton feeding. It has a long snout, a long rounded head that is ventrally compressed and a ventral mouth with a split lower lip. There is 12 to 15 rays on the dorsal fin and the anal fin has 7 rays. Pelvic and anal fins are longer in males. It has an almost straight lateral line with 68 to 87 scales.

Fishing period : prohibited all year

Minimum size : not available

Difficulty :

N°10 | The Brook Trout

The Brook Trout belongs to the Salmonidae family. The average size of the brook trout is 50 cm and the weight only exceptionally exceeds 7 kg. It has a longevity of 5 years. It reproduces in autumn. It is fished from April to September. Its body is fusiform, laterally compressed, and slender. Its general shape is reminiscent of trout, although a little more massive. The body is arched at the dorsal fin. It has a small but stocky head with a widely split mouth, including teeth on the jaws, tongue and palate. On the body, the scales are small and thin. The Brook trout have two dorsal fins, one of which is characteristic of Salmonids. The color is distributed differently over the body: the back is rather dark brown, with lighter mottling and covered with a network of very close yellow spots. The sides have a beautiful light brown color, sometimes olive green. They also have yellow spots, less tightened. Round and red spots can also be seen on the sides. The color of the belly varies from white to pink, but can be pale yellow to dark red. It all depends on the environment in which it operates. Populations living near the bottom are paler than those living in open water, rather colorful. In males, the livery becomes bright orange during the breeding season. Finally, the pectoral, pelvic and anal fins are bordered by a white border, specific to the genus Salvelinus, highlighted here by a black band.

Fishing period : From April to September

Minimum size : 18 cm

Difficulty :

N°1 | The Walleye

The Walleye belongs to the Percidae family. They can reach 107 cm in length and reach 11 kg. The average weight is about 5 kg. Walleye can live 10 to 20 years. They spawn in the spring or early summer. It can be fished from May to March. Walleye are freshwater fish of the Percidae family, a popular and commonly supplied game fish. The body is long and thin, mainly golden and olive colored, with a white belly. The back is crossed with five or more black stripes. They have two dorsal fins - one spiny and one with softened rays. The mouth of the walleye is wide, with sharp teeth, and its low-light vision helps it to find its prey at night.

Fishing period : May to March

Minimum size : 38 cm

Difficulty :

N°2 | The Coho Salmon

The Coho Salmon belongs to the Salmonidae family. it measures about 71 cm by 5 kg in general. They have a life expectancy of 5 years. They spawn from September to January. They can be captured from July to October. During their ocean phase, coho salmon have silvery sides and a dark blue back. After entering fresh water, they develop bright red flanks, blue-green heads and backs, a dark belly and dark spots on the back. Sexually mature fish develop a pale pink or pink shade along the belly, and males may have a slight arch on the back. Mature adults have a pronounced red skin color with a darker back.

Fishing period : From July to October

Minimum size : 40 cm

Difficulty :

N°3 | The Bloater fish

The Bloater fish belongs to the Salmonidae family. It has a maximum length of 37 cm for an average size of 25 cm. It has a maximum lifespan of 10 years. It spawns all year round with a peak in fall or winter. It can be fished all year round. The bloater is a small silvery white fish with a pink and purple iridescence. It has a greenish hue above and a whitish belly. It is very similar to kiyi, which distinguishes it by its lighter upper lip and smaller eye. Its body is deepest in its middle, its fins are small and pale and it has 40-47 gills.

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°4 | The Lake trout

The Lake trout belongs to the Salmonidae family. The average size is 68 cm for 3 kg. It has a lifespan of 12 years. It spawns in fall. It can be fished all year round. Lake trout have a deeply forked caudal fin and a slate-grey to greenish grey body with a lighter underside. Cream to yellow spots are usually present on the head, body, dorsal and caudal fins. Lower fins are orange-red with a narrow white edge. Younger fish will have between seven and twelve marks of broken parr along their sides. The species supports nine to twelve gills and, unlike its cousin the brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis), lake trout do not have a black band on the front edge of their anal and pelvic fins. Breeding males develop a dark lateral band on their sides.

Fishing period : all year round

Minimum size : 38 cm

Difficulty :

N°5 | The Chinook Salmon

The Chinook Salmon belongs to the Salmonidae family. This salmon can reach 1.5 m for more than 60 kg and a lifespan of 9 years. It breeds from September to December. It is caught from July to September. The Chinook is blue-green, has purple on the back and top of the head with silvery sides and white belly. It has black spots on his tail and upper half of his body. Its mouth is often dark purple in color.

Fishing period : From July to September

Minimum size : 45 cm

Difficulty :

N°6 | The Paddlefish

The Paddlefish belongs to the Polyodontidae family. The adult size is between 1.2 m to 1.8 m. It has a lifespan of 20 to 30 years. They spawn in April to May. It can be fished from mid-May to June. The long paddle-shaped snout of this fish represents about one-third of its total body length. The snout helps stabilize fish as they swim and also contains specialized cells that help detect swarms of plankton that this species feeds on. The skin is smooth. Small individuals are pink at the back and white at the base; for older people, around 25 à 30 cm, the body color changes to bluish grey on the back and cream on the vent. The eyes are small compared to the rest of the head and body. On the underside of the snout are two little barbells in front of a large, toothless mouth. When seen through the mouth, the gills are large and show the many closely spaced filaments that trap microscopic food. On each side, a gill cover extends backwards, ending with a long pointed flap. The skeleton is composed of cartilage rather than bone. The tip of the spine extends into the upper lobe of the heterrorcercal tail, much like a shark does.

Fishing period : mid-May to June

Minimum size : 60 cm

Difficulty :

N°7 | The Bluegill

The Bluegill belongs to the Centrarchidae family. Adults are between 10 and 15 cm long but can reach 41 cm. Bluegill usually lives 4 to 6 years. Spawning season for bluegill begins in late May and continues until August. They can be caught from spring to summer. Like other cramps, bluegill have a very deep and flattened body. In other words, they are "large" and "flat". They have a small mouth on a small head. The dorsal fin is continuous, with the thorny anterior part and the soft, round posterior part with a dark touch at the base. The caudal fin is slightly forked but rounded. The body is mainly olive green with a yellowish underside. Their name "bluegill" comes from the shimmering blue and purple region on the cover of the cheeks and gills (operculum). A careful examination reveals six to eight vertical olive bars on the sides.

Fishing period : from spring to summer

Minimum size : 25 cm

Difficulty :

N°8 | The Arctic Grayling

The Arctic Grayling belongs to the Salmonidae Family. The Arctic shade can reach a length of about 24 cm long and weighs about 3 kg. He can live to be 18 years old. It breeds in the spring and lays thousands of eggs. It can be fished all year round. Coloring may vary depending on the location. The dorsal fin is usually bordered red and dotted with large iridescent red, turquoise, purple or purple spots and marks. Back marks are more evident on the large shadows. The back of the Arctic shadow is generally dark. The sides can be in black, silver, gold, or blue. Gold markings sometimes form a border between the hips and the belly, while pelvic fins can be orange, red or pink. The sides and head can be freckles with black spots. The eye of the iris is often the color of gold.

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : 15 cm

Difficulty :

N°9 | The Razorback Sucker

The Razorback Sucker belongs to the Catostomidae family. It is a relatively large catostomidae, reaching more than 91 cm in length and weighing 5 to 6 kg. It has a lifespan of 50 years. It nests from January to June. It cannot be fished because of its status as an endangered species. Razorback suckers are similar to other Catostomidae, with the exception of two main characteristics. The most characteristic features of the razorback sucker are a pronounced edge made of neural and internal bone that extends from the head to the dorsal fins, as well as elongated filaments on the gills. Females have a lower keel. Well-developed filaments are made for zooplankton feeding. It has a long snout, a long rounded head that is ventrally compressed and a ventral mouth with a split lower lip. There is 12 to 15 rays on the dorsal fin and the anal fin has 7 rays. Pelvic and anal fins are longer in males. It has an almost straight lateral line with 68 to 87 scales.

Fishing period : prohibited all year

Minimum size : not available

Difficulty :

N°10 | The Brook Trout

The Brook Trout belongs to the Salmonidae family. The average size of the brook trout is 50 cm and the weight only exceptionally exceeds 7 kg. It has a longevity of 5 years. It reproduces in autumn. It is fished from April to September. Its body is fusiform, laterally compressed, and slender. Its general shape is reminiscent of trout, although a little more massive. The body is arched at the dorsal fin. It has a small but stocky head with a widely split mouth, including teeth on the jaws, tongue and palate. On the body, the scales are small and thin. The Brook trout have two dorsal fins, one of which is characteristic of Salmonids. The color is distributed differently over the body: the back is rather dark brown, with lighter mottling and covered with a network of very close yellow spots. The sides have a beautiful light brown color, sometimes olive green. They also have yellow spots, less tightened. Round and red spots can also be seen on the sides. The color of the belly varies from white to pink, but can be pale yellow to dark red. It all depends on the environment in which it operates. Populations living near the bottom are paler than those living in open water, rather colorful. In males, the livery becomes bright orange during the breeding season. Finally, the pectoral, pelvic and anal fins are bordered by a white border, specific to the genus Salvelinus, highlighted here by a black band.

Fishing period : From April to September

Minimum size : 18 cm

Difficulty :

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