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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 11:26 am    Post subject: Miscellaneous Information Reply with quote

Quebec's Sport Fishing and Hunting Regulations

Quebec regions and ZECs

Here is a web reference that provides information about the various regions in Quebec and the ZECs within those regions

Quebec Outfitters Federation

Here is a web reference that one can use to identify and obtain information about outfitters within Quebec regions. The list of outfitters provided for each region is not all inclusive because some outfitters opt not to subscribe to the service.

Outfitters in Quebec with Exclusive Rights

Here is a map in PDF format that depicts outfitters with exclusive rights. Takes a while to open depending on your download speed.

Water level in Lake Kipawa

Here is a web reference that provides current water levels for all the principal reservoirs, including Lake Kipawa, feeding the Ottawa River

Here is a web reference for historical water levels for Lake Kipawa at Laniel.

Type in 02JE017 in the station number field. On the next page click once again on the station ID (02JE017) which will bring you to a page where you can plot daily, monthly or peak values for any year on record or download all the historical data. Very seldom has the level dropped below 267.45 m on Lake Kipawa, and when it has, not by much. One situation that could lead to levels dropping below the minimum is a late start to the spring freshet. The reservoir is emptied over the winter period in preparation for the spring freshet, but if there is a late start to the snowmelt the lake may be drawn down further than the minumum because of a minimum flow that must be maintained in the Kipawa river.

Maps of Lake Kipawa and Surrounding Area

Topographical Maps north end middle south end

And here is a different reference to see topographical views

To see Lake Kipawa, clicking on grid box 31, then on 31M and finally on 31 L 14

Map showing north end outfitter locations After this page opens select click here to get the map

Satellite image map of Lake Kipawa,-78.912134&spn=0.025835,0.042315&t=k&hl=en

You can download a free version of Google Earth at and then use it to find the longitude and latitude coordinates for various places around the world including places like Lake Kipawa. For instance, someone requested the location of Chalets du Huard. Using Google Earth, the location is 47 degrees 2min 35.09 sec North 79 degrees 6 min 3.9 sec West.

Netman also provided a link- see that permits anyone to see the names of lakes in a specific area, for example Lake Kipawa. Just click on the link to open it and then click on Canadian topographic series and Canadian Geographic Names. After Google Earth opens, notice in the bottom right corner that the image you are looking at is from an altitude of 3107 miles. While keeping the general area of Kipawa at the centre of the image, zoom in to an altitude of 10 or 11 miles. Then go to the " My Places" menu in the left margin. Under Canada Geographic Names and Maps Copyright, check the box Geographic Names. The Google Earth image will adjust to provide the names of lakes, bays, islands, passes, etc. Really neat - thanks for the link Netman

Bathymetric (Depth Contour) Maps

A set of bathymetric maps for Lake Kipawa (comprised of 5 (8.5” X 11.5”) sheets numbered C-8129-1, C-8129-2, C-8129-3, C-8129-4 and C-8129-5) is available free of charge by requesting them from Diane Morin at

Here are examples of those bathymetric maps as provided by RHYBAK:

And here are some exploded view maps (compliments of T-Bone), in PDF format, that provide bathymetric information for the Taggart Bay Lodge area and the Eunice (Corbeau) Lodge area.

Taggart Bay Lodge area
Eunice (Corbeau) Lodge area ------Coming soon

Pike lakes at Taggart Bay Lodge
Here is a map (complements of Buckoeye) of the location of the pike lakes available at Taggart Bay lodge

Map of Back Roads
Here is a reference (compliments of Tembec) that provides a view of the network of backroads around Lake Kipawa and in the Lake Kipawa area.


Leeches are the most plentiful of all the baits. It seems that they are natural to all bodies of water including creeks, rivers and lakes. They can be left in a container of water for a long time without food. Walleyes love leeches almost all year round and they are classified as a universal bait for walleyes.

Leeches inhabit lakes, ponds, marshes and slow moving streams, throughout most of North America. All leeches have sucking disks at both ends. The mouth is located in the smaller disk at the head end. Leeches use the larger disk on the tail only for clinging to objects. Most leeches eat dead animals. Some species such as the horse leech digest the skin of live animals and feed on the tissue. A few kinds, such as the medicine leech, are called bloodsuckers. They have jaws which actually cut through skin to reach blood vessels and tissue. Not all kinds of leeches attract fish. The leech species that live in waters with gamefish populations usually make poor bait. Most game fish ignore horse leeches. Either the scent of the horse leech repels fish or it lacks the action of bait leeches.

Fish eat many types of leeches, but only the ribbon leech is widely used as bait. A few anglers have found tiger leeches to be good pan fish bait. A ribbon leech has a firmer body than a horse leech and body situations or grooves that are less pronounced. The color of a ribbon leeches varies from pure black to light brown. Some have a brown or olive background with many black spots.

Leeches are easy to keep alive. They are not as sensitive to temperature changes as minnows, and they require relatively little oxygen. Leeches can be kept alive until fall, even without food, but they should be allowed to clean themselves. Leeches that develop a slim on them are in need of a place to clean themselves. Leeches that are held in stagnant water over long periods of time need to ride themselves of waste and if they were in a stream or pond they would burrow into the sand to clean themselves. Many anglers leave their leeches in a plastic container in the refrigerator and find them in a slimy smelly mess. The summer is the best time to fish with leeches because their population is on the decline. By mid-summer most of the adult leeches have deposited cocoons and die off. When the leech enters the walleye's environment they are usually attacked. Also, in the summer time the leech will wiggle more below a bobber than a worm. Leeches can be used below a float or on a Roach Rig or tipped on the end of a Buckshot Rattlin’ Jig. They are fish catching magnets and I never leave home without them.

Leech Care 101 (from

Store your leeches in a refrigerator or in a cooler to keep their temperature at or below 45 degrees F. Each morning, remove enough leeches for the day’s fishing and keep them in some lake water in your boat cooler. There is a simple rule of thumb when using leeches - don’t fish them faster than it can naturally swim because part of the attraction is the swimming motion. So get them acclimated to the water temperature quickly so they’re active and will stretch out and swim freely to tease the fish. Water quality is important to maintaining the health of your leeches. Fresh water in and waste water out, it’s that simple. Leeches create large amounts of waste (whitish coloured slime) and all of it contains ammonia. Ammonia displaces oxygen and they will die because they cannot survive in the dirty water.

A few more leech facts:

*Leeches can drown because they breathe through their skin like worms.
*They must be kept below 45° to keep them dormant, otherwise they will go through their reproductive cycle and die.

*They must be rinsed 2-4 times per week to keep them fresh and lively. They must have the "white stuff" rinsed off of them.
*When you see the "white stuff", rinse immediately and cool them.
*Leeches don't like light, so keep them in a dark, cool, place.
*Leeches only need enough water to keep moist. You don’t need to cover them with water.
*Leeches can be dormant for many months, if properly cared for.
*Never use chlorinated water.

Filleting Fish

Here is a web reference to articles and videos on filleting different species of fish with a regular filleting knife:

Here is a web reference for filleting walleye with an electric knife:

Fishing Reels

Baitcaster Reels

Here’s a web reference for learning how to use a baitcaster.

Recommendations on how to spool baitcaster reels

Run line through the rod guides and the level-wind device on the reel, then attach to the reel spool with an arbor knot. The line spool should turn as line is fed onto the reel. Hang the line spool vertically on a nail or insert a pencil though the hole in the center of the spool and have someone hold the pencil as line is wound off the spool and onto the reel. Or drop the line spool into water, it will float and the spool will turn as line is wound onto the reel. Add tension to the line by squeezing it between the thumb and a finger as you wind it onto the reel. Fill the reel to within 1/8 inch of the lip of the spool.

Here are some web references for maintaining a baitcaster

Spinning Reels

Recommendations on how to spool spinning reels

Since the reel spool does not rotate, the line spool should not rotate either. Lay the line spool flat on the floor with the label side pointing up. Uncoil line from the line spool and run it through the rod guides and tie to the reel spool with an arbor knot. Add tension to the line with the thumb and a finger as you wind it onto the reel . After 10 or 15 turns of the reel handle, lower the tip to give slack to the line. If the line lays in relatively neat coils, continue filling the reel. If it twists or kinks, turn the line spool over and wind on line. Fill the reel to within 1/8 inch of the lip of the spool.

Here is a web reference for maintaining a spinning reel

Fishing Knots

Here is a web reference to practical fishing knots and how you tie them?

Water temperature preferences

Here is an Ontario MNR web reference for preferred water temperatures of fish


Here's a web reference that provides safety related information about lightning

Boating Safety

Here's a couple of web references providing good information about boating safety This reference provides Canadian boating regulations (including operator competency requirements in Canadian waters)

Cleaning up old lures

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