Controversial fishing huts on Lake Saint-Pierre

Controversial fishing huts on Lake Saint-Pierre

The Mauricie has barely started to have accumulations of snow on the ground, after a sometimes mild holiday season, when an outfitter has already installed fishing huts on Lake Saint-Pierre, which is causing criticism.

The president of the Lac Saint-Pierre Fishermen’s Association is unequivocal. The twenty or so cabins installed in the last few days are not safe.

“On a river, you don’t even go ski-doo. Now is not the time to go fishing, winter has not yet taken, ”said Jean Lévesque.

Same story for Claude Desaulniers, an outfitter who moved to Louiseville for 27 years.

“It’s nature that will decide when we get on board, it’s not us,” he said.

However, Gaétan Piché persists in saying that his twenty or so cabins do not present any risk.

“I am in a bay. There are 3 to 4 feet of water. No current. […] We are protected, ”he explained.

The outfitter asked the fishermen to leave the cabins on Monday after the water overflowed onto the ice. A problem that occurs every year according to him. He now wants to wait for the cold to come back for good, before allowing fishermen once again to venture onto Lake Saint-Pierre.

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