Exceptional landlocked salmon fishing at Facolli

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We have openings for an exceptional landlocked salmon fishing period in June, which is highly coveted and normally never available because it is booked several years ahead!!

Hurry if you want to take this opportunity for a unique fishing experience. We are offering our American plan at Facolli for only three groups of 4 people (5 night stays) from mid-June. The cost is $2,495 plus taxes per person. Contact us through our website at http://lacjustone.com/en/info-request/ for all the details and to book your group now.

Our 2021 fishing season is opening soon!

With the Covid-19 vaccination campaigns continuing to reach new heights, the pandemic is increasingly under control and summer activities appear to be on track to unfold almost as normal this summer. At the Lac Justone Outfitter, we are always on the lookout for advice from Quebec and Canada regarding the pandemic and health measures.

We already have several bookings for our three fishing sites and regularly receive requests for information from fishermen who have been fishing with us in the past or who are looking to have this unique experience for the first time.

We still have a few slots available, mostly in the month of July. Please contact us for more details.

We look forward to welcoming you soon! 🙂

A fishing environment worth preserving!

During the summer of 2019 (pre Covid-19), a group of avid fly fishermen who are repeat clients at Facolli Fall did a special experiment. This group believes in preserving the quality of fishing and strictly follows a catch-and-release approach to support their belief. A member of the group, Brian Farm, PhD Biology, took a scale sample from a 12 lb ouananiche which he then released unharmed.

Although reading dish scales is a very specialized skill, Brian later put that scale under a microscope (see photo) and attempted to identify the growth bands. The six lines “on top” are pretty clear but there are four additional lines below (indicated by a “?”) which may or may not indicate a growth year. Therefore, in Brian’s opinion, it’s likely this fish is at least 8 years old, and could be anywhere from 6 to 11 (if you count the outer edge – the current year’s growth, as an additional year). Again, someone with more experience aging salmonids from scales may provide a more accurate estimate but this information is still very interesting. At 8 years old, this would indicate a very good growth rate of about 1 ½ pounds per year. The habitat and available food at Facolli Fall must be good for them! We see more and bigger salmon in the future 🙂

Facolli now has Internet access

The Facolli site is now connected to the Internet via an XplorNet satellite link, and complimentary Wifi Internet access is offered to our clients. The signal is the strongest inside the main lodge but is still acceptable from the guests’ cabins. Bandwidth is quite suitable for email and connecting to your favorite social network (online gamers please abstain). We even tested Skype and Google Meet video connections with good results.

If your mobile phone provider supports the “Wifi Calling” function, you can use your mobile phone to make and receive calls as you normally would with cellular coverage, at no extra charges. But please don’t get distracted from your main purpose… an outstanding fishing experience 🙂

Cool video at Trophy Lake

Video from a DJI Mavic drone taken at Trophy Lake – August 2020

Check this amazing aerial video featuring some of the fishing spots around Trophy Lake. This was produced by Séb, who was fly fishing for the very first time when he joined our group in mid-August 🙂

Goodbye 2020 Fishing Season

A big Thank You if you were able to make it to one of our fishing camps this summer, and also to everyone else who were unfortunately unable to make it because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

We sincerely hope to see you again next summer for another outstanding fishing excursion.

Getting ready for the upcoming season!

Last summer, our customers at Facolli Fall, Trophy Lake and Haste Lake caught many nice fish of the four species that inhabit our vast territory: speckled trout, lake trout, northern pike and landlocked salmon (see our photo album). We are now making several snow machine trips to re-supply our fishing sites with gasoline, propane, etc. Also, our boats and outboard motors are being fully serviced as we know the importance of this equipment for you. Thank you all and we look forward to welcoming you very soon!

Typical schedule for your fishing excursion

Day 0 – The day before departure to your fishing camp, you will arrive by commercial flight at Wabush or by road 389 to Fermont. Stock up at the local supermarket and arrange overnight accommodation. Bring enough goods to be comfortable, but try to minimize the number of packs, coolers and fishing rod cases for easier packing onto the plane.

Day 1 – Fly-in to your fishing camp. Meet your pilot at the agreed-upon location and time, help load your equipment and food onboard the aircraft. Make sure you respect the weight limits and listen carefully to the safety instructions. One or two flights will be required, depending on the size of the group and the type of floatplane. If your destination is Trophy Lake or Haste Lake, wear your waders as the floatplane has to beach a few meters offshore near the camp. Upon arrival, camp-specific instructions will be provided, along with topographic maps of the territory and communication equipment. It’s important to confirm with the pilot the day and time of your fly-out. Then, unpack your gear and provisions and prepare to go fishing.

Days 2 to 5 – This is a self-guided adventure, so you are free to travel and fish, relax and enjoy all that Nature has to offer. Visit all of the best fishing spots, then return to camp for lunch at mid-day to nap or pack a picnic lunch and return in the evening.

Day 6 – Fly-out. Early breakfast, pack up your personal equipment and supplies. Camp-wide cleaning: Leave a bit of split firewood near the stove, please be sure that the floor has been swept, dishes washed and put away, fridge and stove cleaned, portable toilet emptied and rinsed, boats cleaned and gas tanks full. Think about the state in which you would like to see the camp when you arrive. Be ready to leave at the agreed time. If the weather seems doubtful, contact the pilot via satellite telephone about an hour before. Be sure to schedule your commercial flight from Wabush in the late afternoon, evening, or the next day. Otherwise, drive back to Baie-Comeau via road 389.

Fork Length vs Age for Brook Trout

I thought some of you may be interested in learning about the beautiful brook trout that inhabit the Lac Justone territory. Here’s a representative graph for brook trout age and length. There is a huge range geographically and for every age a wide range in lengths. Brook trout usually live about 10 years across most of their range, but have lived to 20 years plus in tiny, ice-bound lakes in the High Sierra mountains.

Greg B., freshwater fisheries biologist for 40 years and fly fishing enthusiast 🙂