Boat ramps provide fishermen and boaters with public access to lakes, streams, and the river.
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I recently found an extensive map in my library that was made available to the general public in 1986 by the Department of Recreation, Hunting and Fisheries. This folded work was called: Fishing around Montreal, almost 200 access points. We learned a lot of incredibly positive information there…
“For 20 years, the Ministry of Recreation, Hunting and Fisheries has stocked nearly 100,000 trout annually for the benefit of fishermen in the Montreal region. Brown and rainbow bass have been successfully introduced into the fastest waters of the St. Lawrence and the Richelieu and Châteauguay rivers. A few years before this initiative, we had already started carrying out muskellunge, which was considered endangered by specialists at the time …,” argues a specific chapter that alludes to the decades of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
These days are over, as stockings of this type to maintain and establish a population are extremely rare today. Aside from the fishing activities that add fish within a few hours and are caught almost immediately, I can't really remember the last time I heard about major restocking operations.
We also learned that “in the Montreal region, more than 40 companies offer fishing-related services.” They rent out rowing boats in open water…”
Phew, how times have changed, I may now have too many of my 10 fingers to count them all!
In this well-designed work we discover that there are 24 boat departures on Lac des Deux Montagnes, 26 on Lac Saint-Louis, 14 on Lac Saint-François and 39 from Coteau-du-Lac to Sainte-Anne-de-Sorel were on the Saint-Laurent River, 15 on the Châteauguay River, 8 on the Des Prairies River, 13 on the Mille Îles River, 42 on the Richelieu River and 9 in Missisquoi Bay. We don't talk about usage fees anywhere.
Unfortunately, many websites have disappeared over time. Today, fans have to contend with spaces that are now reserved for local residents, exorbitant costs, onerous parking restrictions, restrictions on motorization or use limited to human-powered boats.
Like a savior
The Quebec Federation of Hunters and Fishermen is a non-profit organization with 125,000 members. One of its duties is to represent and defend the interests of hunters and fishermen in Quebec.
I was really happy, even cheered, when the new Director General Maxime Jean explained to me in a telephone interview that he wanted to make this explosive issue a priority.
“Having sailed extensively, I understand from experience the problem of difficulty accessing waters, particularly those near large centers or with river access, which are increasingly isolated. »
We sincerely hope that his efforts will bear fruit.