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The Festival du doré Baie-James’s fishing tournament has been held annually on the shores of lake Opémisca since 1999. Located just a few kilometres west of Chapais, in northern Quebec, this outstanding fishing site has become the gathering point for festival-goers.
Fishermen and women of all ages, as well as family and friends, are invited to participate in the province’s most renowned walleye fishing tournament and all its proposed activities.
The fishing tournament is divided into two main categories: Amateur - Princecraft and Professional - PRO-VIP. In the Amateur – Princecraft category, there are three subcategories: women, youth and seniors.
Having eco-responsibility at heart, the Festival du doré Baie-James has made a great deal of effort in the past few years to reduce its ecological footprint.
With this in mind, the Festival no longer sells single-use plastic water bottles; visitors now use reusable cups. In addition, meals are served in compostable dishes.
Recycling bins and boxes for returnable aluminum cans are also present under the tent and across the event’s site.
In 2015, the festival also replaced all its wooden and fibreglass floating docks with modular eco-friendly and sustainable plastic docks.
In addition, in 2019, the Festival installed the first permanent boat cleaning station in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James. This station is a great accomplishment on the Festival’s part and further demonstrates its commitment to preserving the health of Opémisca Lake. Amongst other things, this cleaning station protects the lake’s ecosystem from the introduction and spread of invasive aquatic species.
Mandatory Catch and Release
In order to maintain a high-quality fishing experience and a healthy walleye population in Lake Opémisca, from its very beginning, catch and release is and has been MANDATORY during the fishing tournament. In fact, all walleye registered for during the tournament must be released and the fish must swim away on its own in its natural swimming position.