Five salmonids in the menu

Cinq salmonidés au menu

Few places can claim to offer such a beautiful diversity of species the destination that I present to you today.

John smith is well known in the fishing world. In addition to having participated in many tournaments of the highest caliber, he has started his own guiding service named Fishing Old Montreal. He was also the founder of the villages of white peach and the Old-Port and the bassin Louise in Quebec city.

After having guided 1000 to 1200 enthusiasts annually, for almost eight years, on the waters of the river St. Lawrence, Mr. Desjardins wanted to emigrate in the back-country, far from civilization.

New start

In 2018, he learns that the outfitter Musquanousse is for sale. This hostel in the forest located in Natashquan, on the Basse-Côte-Nord, seemed to respond to his new aspirations.

His partner and wife, Melanie Racicot, who is a chef a pastry chef and manager of business, has had the same stroke of lightning that her lover.

She did not hesitate to abandon his career urban to invest 100% in this beautiful adventure.

The site

Created in the 1950s, this former private club which still requires a private country club membership was placed at the disposal of the customer affluent of the pulp and paper industry.

Our two entrepreneurs, who have combined their passions, offer their guests a territory with exclusive rights of 575 km2 located about 8 km, in a straight line, from the sea.

A river is 28 km away, fed by the waters of the gulf of St. Lawrence, gives access to seven lakes, including one with a circumference of 100 km.

We find constantly, in the chain, a watershed, brook trout of an average weight ranging from 800 grams to 1.5 kg.

Each week, skilled security handlers of cane foil specimens of more than 2 kilos. The landlocked salmon is also present in large number on the whole of this beautiful playground for enthusiasts.

Although there are many offspring weighing less than a kilo, you should know that it is not uncommon to intercept the wawa, as it is often called, weighing 2 to 4 pounds. The arctic char of lake there is also though, for his part, he prefers the proximity of the shallows. The record of the past two seasons, was tipping the scales at 5.6 kg.

“What’s great about it is that in the spring, the sea trout and the atlantic salmon migrate in this chain of lakes and that they can not go further than the lac Musquanousse. They will therefore be confined to this territory full of fish all summer long, much to the delight of the fans. ”


Unlike many places where the fishermen need to lug around an assortment of notable offerings, the Musquanousse, just bring a few spoons Syclops S2 and S3, St-Maurice, the Bully and imitations of smelt LiveTarget, Yo-Zuri or Rapala to outwit all of the salmon except the salmon. For the latter, the Bomber, Blue Charm and Muddler red tail fly with a silk handkerchief will generate the expected results.

Remember, however, that upon request, Mr. Desjardins and his guides are all the lures and rods are necessary to the collection activity.


The people who go there for a complete change of scenery in the american plan of four nights/five days can delight in the culinary creations intuitive who really are in a class of its own. It is, without any doubt, one of the three best tables of the set of all the outfitters that I have visited over the last decade.

Bravo, chef Melanie !

In order to provide a personalised service of quality, the team welcomes six guests per stay.

Guests can get there by car by the road of the whales, the 138 East from Quebec city. Returned to the airport of Natashquan, the followers climb into an amphibious aircraft of the firm Air NCBS for a period of about 15 to 20 minutes to the lake located in front of the hostel.

If you don’t want to walk on a distance of a little over 1300 miles to get to a good port, you can opt for a flight to Sept-Îles.

From there, you have the choice to rent a car or call a taxi service to travel the 450 the last few kilometres. The more affluent can call a pilot of an aircraft, if they wish.

► For more information, call 514 707-7773 or lorgnez on the side of the site

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