June 21 to June 30 2018


19th edition of the biggest walleye fishing tournament in Quebec


19th 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

Thanks to our partners

Main partners

Major partners

Associated partners

Participating partners

Cooperating partners:
Marché Bonichoix | Chapais Énergie | Centre Hi-Fi Groupe Sélect | Chibougamau Automobile
Transport du Nord | Transport S.D. | JF INC. | Mac Phiel Diesel | Nor - Électrique
Pepsi | Physiotech | Pourvoirie Chibougamau | Fêtes Nationale des Québécois | Soudure Usinage Lac Caché | Praxair | Boutique Caméléon | Salon Passion Donatello | Uniprix Duchesne et Morin | Écotone-Home Hardware de Chibougamau | Subway | Loisirs Sport Baie-James | Transport Michel Rémillard

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