7 Species of Fish

La Réserve Beauchêne is home to seven game fish species, one of the widest variety of any single area of Quebec: Smallmouth Bass, Lake Trout and Brook (speckled) Trout, Walleye, Northern Pike, Whitefish – and even Splake (a Brook Trout – Lake Trout cross).

7 Species of Fish

What really sets Beauchêne apart is our abundance of giant Smallmouth Bass – literally, the best Smallmouth Bass fishing in Canada, according to the experts!

Over the years, our record keeping repeatedly confirms this average to be almost three pounds, the heaviest in Canada, so we’re told. Smallies will thrill you throughout our extended season (May until October).

Beauchêne offers superb Brook Trout fishing. Where else do Squaretails reach five pounds plus (except at the end of a long and expensive float plane trip?) These beautiful fish flourish in at least eighteen wonderfully fertile and easily accessible back lakes.

Like most places across the North, Walleye and Northern Pike are at home in a number of our lakes but Walleye here reach Great Lakes proportions – even twelve pounds on occasion. The Pike, well recognized  for their unusually spectacular and photogenic coloration, frequently go into the teens.

As you would expect in the Canadian Shield, Lakers abound, especially in the big, deep, cold oligotrophic lakes. They are usually found on the surface until mid June, available to fly rodders and feeding thirty feet down in the thermocline in the heat of the summer. The Splake in several of our lakes are bulldog fighters that combine the longevity, size potential and long runs of the Lakers, and the Brookies’ head shaking fighting tactics and appetite for flies.

The toughest decision to make might be whether to fish the main lake for five of the seven species or enjoy the uniqueness of being alone – or virtually so on our back lakes for a special Beauchêne experience. Back lakes can be reserved, on a first come, first served basis, either with your deposit or on arrival at the Lodge.