June 27 to July 6, 2019

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20th 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 about $ 40 000 + taxes 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.



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Contact information

  • Festival : Lake Opémisca
  • Office : 145 Boulevard Springer
  • C.P. 898, Chapais, QC, G0W1H0
  • (418) 745-2020
  • Fax : (418) 745-3871
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