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Top fishing guides in Montreal recommended by Freshwater Phil. Catch the fish of your dreams, Big carp, musky, walleye, bass, and northern pike.

Montreal carp fishing guide

As I'm always being asked about fishing guides and guided fishing trips in the Montreal area, particularly the St Lawrence River, I've decided to create a page recommending the best guides I know.

Many people don't have the opportunity to fish as often as they would like. Whether it's the lack of time, a boat, equipment or know how, or if you are visiting / just moved to a new area, paying an experienced fishing guide to show you the ropes is a great way to get started, as well as a worthwhile investment.

Tourist visiting Montreal for business or pleasure can also take advantage of Montreal's great fishing by fishing with fully equipped, knowledgeable and experienced fishing guides.

A guided fishing outing wil typically provide memories that last a lifetime, and makes for a great gift idea for that special angler in your life. Birthdays, anniversaries, bachelor parties or Xmas, gift certificates available as well with most guides.

I have fished with most of the following guides and can attest to them being great guys, as well as highly experienced fishermen. Not that they need my approval, the pics below speak for themselves. They will show you how, when and where to fish, and hopefully put you on to some trophy fish as well.



Freshwater Phil: Monster carp fishing.





Head out to the shores of the world famous St. Lawrence River, one of the best carp fishing waterways areas in Canada & North America. Fish reaching over 30 LBS, occasional 40 LB carps are caught every year. If you haven't tried fishing for carp or have never had the chance to fight one yet, you owe it to yourself to give it a shot. Carp fishing is fun for the entire family, bring along your little ones for a day of fun. Let me show you how it's done, chances are you'll be hooked for life!

Technique: Still fishing from shore.

Best time: May thru October.

All gear, tackle and bait provided.

Can accommodate large groups up to 10-12 people.

Transport from Montreal (Metro station) for groups of 3 or less people (if required).

Daily rate: $350 for up to 4 adults, $50 per additional person (kids under 12 free). Tips welcome.

Contact Phil about a guided fishing trip by clicking here.






Jimmy - Specialty: Big bass
Other species: Northern Pike.





Fish the St Lawrence River and it's tributaries for Bass and Pike. Jimmy will put you on the some of the biggest bass you'll ever see in this part of the country. I've been fishing with him ever since we were kids, and his knack of locating big bass is second to none. With the spread of gobies, St Lawrence bass are getting bigger and fatter every year, as recent local bass tournament results have shown.

Boat specs: 20' Triton bass boat, 200HP motor, GPS/fish finder.

Techniques: Casting and finesse fishing. Fly fishing on demand.

Best time: Mid May for pike, June thru July, then October for bass.

All gear and tackle provided.

3 people maximum.

Daily rate: $350, tips welcome.

Contact Jimmy about a guided fishing trip by clicking here.






Mike - Specialty: Giant Musky
Other species: Walleye, Northern pike.





Mike is one of Montreal's top walleye and musky guides. We fished together a number of times, and I was amazed by his 6th sense when it comes to fishing and the outdoors in general. Whether you're looking for record sized muskies on the St Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers, or giant walleyes on Lac St Louis and Bay of Quinte, big salmon on Lake Ontario, Mike is the right fishing guide with the proper equipment to put you on to the fish of your dreams.

Boat specs: 20ft Lund, 200HP Verado /15 hp kicker, GPS/sonar.

Techniques: Mainly trolling, some casting.

Best time: July thru November for muskies, June/July for salmon, spring and late fall for giant walleye.

All gear and tackle provided.

3 people maximum.

Daily rate: $450, tips welcome.

Contact Mike about a guided fishing trip by clicking here.






Patrick - Specialty: Trout / Salmonids
Other species: Musky, Lake sturgeon, American shad





Patrick is a multi species fisherman, specializing in various species that inhabit our province. Though he is primarily French speaking and not fluently bilingual, the quality of fishing on his boat will make up for any potential lack of communication. From big salmonids such as landlocked salmon and trout, to monster sturgeons, patrick can put you on to some trophies, as well as show you how it's done properly. He's equally at home fishing for walleye and shad as well.

Boat Specs: 17.5 foot Lund, 75 HP engine, GPS, sonar.

Techniques: Casting, still fishing , trolling.

Best time: April thru October, depending on open seasons and species targeted.

All gear and tackle provided.

3 people maximum.

Daily rates:

Sturgeon (mid August to October 31st):
$350 for 1-2 people, $450 for 3 people.

American Shad (mid May - early June):
$250 2 people, $300 for 3 people.

Trout/Landlocked Salmon (late April to August):
$350 for 1-2 people, $450 for 3 people.

Tips welcome.

Contact Patrick about a guided fishing trip by clicking here.






Mark - Specialty: Trophy walleye
Other species: Bass, Sturgeon, Musky





Mark specializes in fishing for trophy sized walleye, as well as other species in and around the Montreal region.

Boat Specs: Ranger 621 Fisherman (Multi Species) Mercury 250 EFI & Mercury 9.9 kicker

Techniques: Finesse, casting trolling, fly Fishing, ice Fishing.

Best time: May thru November, depending on species targeted.
Ice Fishing, January through March.

All gear and tackle provided.

Daily rate: $475.00 Full Day, $375.00 half day. Rates based on 2 people, with 4 people max. Additional charge for extra persons.Tips welcome.

Contact Mark about a guided fishing trip by clicking here.






Ari - Specialty: Fly fishing for Muskies, Pike, Bass, Longnose gar, Trout / Salmonids





Ari specializes in fishing for trophy fish in hard to reach waterways. Using a combination wading and a small inflatable Zodiac, he'll take you on a personalized outing attempting to put you on to the trophy of your dreams using either conventional or fly fishing techniques.

Specs: Combination of wading, shore fishing and using 10 foot inflatable Zodiac.

Techniques: Fly fishing, casting and drift fishing.

Best time: Spring thru fall.

Gear, tackle, and food provided, catch and release only.

Daily rate: $375 per day, 2 people maximum. Tips welcome.

Contact Ari about a guided fishing trip by clicking here.






Tony - Specialty: American Shad
Other species: Bass, Northern pike.





Tony specializes in fishing the yearly shad run in May & June. 100+ fish days are common on his boat, as he takes you directly to the heart of the action. Feel the power of the aggressive Saltwater species as they make their way up our rivers during their yearly run. Once the shad run ends, Tony offers multi species fishing for bass, pike and walleye.

Boat Specs: 17.5 Crestliner, 70 HP engine.

Techniques: Jigging, casting.

Best time: Mid May thru Mid June.

All gear and tackle provided.

Daily rate: $250, up to 2 people, tips welcome.

Contact Tony about a guided fishing trip by clicking here.










If you have any questions, comments or need some information, I'll be more than happy to get back to you.

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