Postponement of Saguenay Fjord Winter Recreational Groundfish Fishery’s Opening

News release

January 8, 2021                                    

Québec, Quebec – Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) advises that the start of the groundfish ice fishing season on the Saguenay Fjord has been delayed and will now begin on January 23, 2021 and end on March 7, 2021. This decision, taken in conjunction with the authorities in charge of this activity, was made necessary for safety reasons. The very mild temperature currently prevents the formation of a safe ice cover for ice fishing enthusiasts.

If ice conditions do not improve, the opening date may be further delayed.


Each person is allowed to catch and keep a maximum of five groundfish per day of any type, except Atlantic Halibut, Atlantic Wolffish, Northern Wolffish, Spotted Wolffish and Skate. Fish harvesters are required to release these species immediately and in a manner that causes the least amount of harm.

For the safety of those participating in ice fishing, DFO emphasizes that access to fishing sites is conditional on ice thickness and in accordance with municipal regulations.

Please note that Canadian Coast Guard spring icebreaking operations on the Saguenay River will begin on or around March 8, 2021. The Coast Guard strongly recommends that all hikers, fish harvesters and snowmobilers leave the ice during icebreaking activities, as shifting ice may create a danger for anyone in the area.

In order to limit the risks of spreading COVID-19, recreational fish harvesters are called upon to respect the public health measures implemented by the various levels of government. Depending on the evolution of the situation, the rules in force for recreational fisheries could be modified in order to ensure compliance with government directives related to COVID-19.

For more information on groundfish ice fishing, visit


Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Quebec Region

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