(Granby) The bad reputation of the Yamaska River on its high level of pollution does not discourage fishermen. Instead, many are attending the banks of the Yamaska North arm and the Choinière reservoir in hopes of a good report net at home.
The Association of Estrie hunters and fishermen under his leadership the section between Route 139 and the Patrick-Hackett bridge. Water flows there with fluidity, than enjoyed trout, and several pits allow it to stay there.
“Reputation is very good here,” informed the director Mario Brien. Seeding brown or speckled trout, done three times in the year by the association contributes to many, according to him, the reputation of this section of the river, in addition to the annual membership card, less expensive that a single visit to some outfitters. The daily catch quota per license, in any case, remains the same.
Voice of East met Mario Brien at Fisher Park, Granby, where several people launched their line in the water Saturday. The place is especially valued for its security aspect for children. The summer season trout fishing opened Friday.
Mr. Brien has not had the opportunity to fish for other species as trout, some perch and some sunfish.
Coming from Saint-Césaire there to practice the fly fishing, Normand Roy caught a dozen fish during the day. He has released most by cutting the barb (against-tip on the hook). In addition to fish seeded morning by the association, he caught a largemouth bass, which was able to recover the freedom since the fishing season for this species begins May 19 Although happy with his day’s fishing, Mr. Roy reported two trout.
Fishing on the North Yamaska continues also in winter because the river does not freeze. During both seasons, hundreds of fishermen frequent its shores. People from Montreal, Lac-Saint-Jean, Trois-Rivières and Quebec come to practice their sport.
But this is not the only popular with fans place. “The National Park Yamaska, the Choinière reservoir is an attractive environment for fishing, commented Alain Mochon, biologist and park manager. Gasoline engines are banned, people have access to a public lake with a boat ramp, which is relatively rare in the region. There are some water to put ramps in some lakes, but sometimes there are costs. Us is the access authorization applies. There are no tariff itself for the launching of the boat. Fishermen are required to have a fishing license. ”
Fishermen must, like everywhere else, respect the standards according to six areas. The fish must be released if they are shorter than that prescribed by the regulations. Some periods are also to be respected so that the species can spawn.
The episodes of blue algae have not cooled the ardor of the most passionate in the past.
“We studied a few years ago when blue algae began dating. We questioned whether it had any effects or consequences on the quality of fish consumption level, “said Mochon.
The fish was just as good, he says. And even during the most important episodes, fishermen would throw their line in the water.
Choinière the tank, people come mainly fishing for perch and smallmouth bass. It is native species that spawn there for ages.
It also noted a few cases of chain pickerel, found in few rivers in Quebec, says Mochon.
“There are 2 or 3 years ago quequ’un who took a pike, he noted. It was the first time anyone had mentioned this decision. We had no other records of this species there. ”
However difficult to know, with different access, how plaisantiers come to fish in the national park.