June 22 to July 01 2017

Registration
18th edition of the biggest walleye fishing tournament in Quebec

10 DAYS OF ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

See the schedule



18th edition

The James Bay Walleye Festival is an annual fishing tournament held since 1999 on the shores of Lac Opémisca in the Chapais area, in the southern part of the "Nord-du-Québec" administrative region.

Fishers of all ages are invited to participate in the competition which is divided into 2 main categories: Amateur and Professional. The majority of prizes in the amateur category are randomly awarded to fishermen, which gives everyone the chance to win. A Princecraft boat is given on each day of fishing and the grand prize, a Princecraft boat valued at $ 42,000 + taxes value is awarded to the amateur fisherman who has recorded the biggest walleye.

For professionals, the PRO-VIP offers an incomparable experience. As a team, fishers must use strategy to accumulate the most points as quickly as possible to get their hands on one of the very coveted awards, including that of the first position for $ 15,000. The competition takes place over two seven hours days of fishing and every year attracts professional fishermen from everywhere. Are you to the challenge?

The tournament

With preservation and sustainable development in mind, catch and release is mandatory during the competition. This is how we can preserve exceptional fishing quality on Opémisca Lake . Nothing prevents you from keeping the fish you have caught when you do not participate in the tournament, in accordance with the laws and regulations in effect.



Categories Official rules

Schedule

June 22 to July 1, 2017

Again this year all shows are FREE!

Board games available anytime at the reception



7h00 pm

Official Launch of the 18th edition of the James Bay Walleye Fishing Tournament

8h00 pm

Bites of walleye & wine

9h00 pm

Show: BUBBLE BUM group Free admission

7h00 am

Princecrart category start

5h00 pm

Princecraft category arrival

9h00 pm

Lifting of the Quebec flag and patriotic speech by Mr. Jean Boucher, Member of Ungava Parliament

10h00 pm

Show: MARIO BENJAMIN, SINGER, James Bay Walleye Fishing Tournament emblem. Fireworks

00h00 am

Pyromusical show by the artifacts "AMM PYROTECHNIE". * Delivered to Saturday June 24, 2017 if the weather does not allow it.

7h00 am

Princecrart categorie start

10h00 am to 16h00 pm

Rally-quiz on the history of the nation

5h00 am

Princecraft category arrival

6h30 pm

BEER AND SAUSAGE TASTING: Come taste different sausages and beers from Quebec's microbreweries! 18+ (details to come)

7h00 am

Princecrart category start

11h00 am

Opening of inflatable structures, makeup, balloons and clowns

3h00 pm

Closure of inflatable structures

3h00 pm to 3h45 pm

Spectacle for children: MONSIEUR DRÔLE Free admission

3h45 pm à 4h30 pm

Awareness workshop on circus techniques. Free admission

5h00 pm

Princecraft category arrival

6h00 pm

Texas Hold'em Poker tournament registration
The tournament begins at 7:00 pm
On-site registration: $ 40 / person
Responsible: Kim Kirouac at (418) 770-4970

11h30 am to 12h30 pm

"Old-timer fishing tournament" registration at the reception.
$ 5 / person
For children and adults.
Create your boat or take out your old rowboats, oars, canoes or pedal boats and have fun with us!

1h00 pm to 4h00 pm

Old-timer fishing tournament

7h00pm

Bingo organized by the Chibougamau Farmers' Circle
More than $3,000 in awards
$500 and $1,000 prizes
$25 entry fee / person aged 18 and over

7h00 am

Princecrart categorie start

10h00am to 11h30 am

JUNIOR MORNING (children under 10 years) Many activities, surprises and a light taste Free admission!

5h00 pm

Princecraft category arrival

7h00 am

Princecrart category start

5h00 pm

Princecraft categorie arrival

7h00 pm

Tupperware Bingo (details to come)

7h00 am

Princecrart categorie start

5h00 pm

Princecraft categorie arrival

6h15 pm

PRO -VIP meeting Mandatory for each team leader

9h00 pm

2000's PUNK COVERS SHOW : ABOUT WOODS Free admission.

7h00 am

Meeting of pros & unveiling of observers

8h00 am

PRO-VIP start Come cheer for your team!

3h00 pm

PRO-VIP categorie arrival

6h30 pm

Wine class (details to come)

5h30 am to 9h30 am

PRO -VIP brunch by «Les Banquets Fins Gourmets»
Open to everyone
Adult: $ 12
6-11 years: $ 7
3-5 years: $ 5
0-2 years: free

7h00 am

Meeting of pros & unveiling of observers

8h00 am

PRO-VIP start

3h00 pm

PRO-VIP categorie arrival

8h00 pm

Closure gala animated by Norman Byrns Presentation of awards and scholarships Show: FRANK ROBERT

Contact information

  • Festival : Opemisca Lake
  • Office : 145 Boulevard Springer
  • C.P. 898, Chapais, QC, G0W1H0
  • Monday, tuesday and thursday : 8:30am - 12:00pm
  • Wednesday and friday : 8:30am - 12:00pm, 1:00am - 4:30pm
  • Without charge : 1 877 846-2020
  • (418) 745-2020
  • Fax : (418) 745-3871
  • Contact form