Fishing Nunavik Northern Quebec

Fishing Nunavik Northern Quebec

Arctic char on the fly

Episode 1/4, by Colin McKeown

This season we visited one lodge that was unquestionably in the top five places we have ever had the pleasure to fish…Inukshuk Lodge in Nunavik. Owned and operated by Paul Ostiguy in Montreal, this unique lodge in nestled on the rugged shores of Ungava Bay in northern Quebec. The reason for this superior rating can best be summed up the word Supernatural. In our opinion, this is the ultimate total fishing experience. Casting flies for huge and hard fighting Arctic Char that average 10-14 pounds, seeing seals, polar bears and whales…. this is all part of the exceptional experiences you get at this very special lodge.

Pitsic traditionnal inuit dry Artic char

Less than 4 hours to Montreal to fish  from the edge of Ungava Bay.

Your journey begins when you fly to Montreal and catch the flight to the small town of Kuujjuaq in Nunavik (Nunavik is Quebec’s arctic region). This wonderful town is populated by Nunavik Inuit who will welcome you warmly to their corner of the world, introducing you to the distinctive characteristics of their cultural and linguistic heritage, art and history, as well as traditional clothing and tools. You are now in the land of wild tundra, taiga forest, scenic mountains, majestic rivers and countless lakes. After a short flight of 45 minutes you will land at Black point track. Less than 4 hours to Montreal to fish  from the edge of Ungava Bay

Ungava Bay sea run Brook Trout

There are three species of fish that you can angle for at Inukshuk Lodge: Brook Trout, Atlantic Salmon and Arctic Char. We came for the large Arctic Char, which run up local rivers to spawn in late August or early September. We came in the first week of August when the char were cruising around the bay’s many sea islands hunting for krill and baitfish. These are really big fish that are exceptionally strong. Our average Arctic Char weighed approximately 10-12 pounds with our largest of the week coming in around 22+ pounds. In some locations we also spotted Sea-Run Brook Trout, which we cast to, with some success. Atlantic Salmon can also be caught in the saltwater in certain locations; they too are busy feeding on krill and baitifish called Lances.

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