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Lake Saint-Pierre

Commercial fishing

In Notre-Dame-de-Pierreville, visitors can buy various kinds of fish from Lake Saint-Pierre, which are smoked on site.

Red and blue wooden cabin decorated with colourful fish silhouettes

Commercial fishermen use a hoop net, known locally as a "varveau."

Net used by commercial fishermen.

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This hoop net dates from the early 20th century.

Early 20th century hoop net

Fishermen attach long stakes to the ends of the hoop net to keep it fixed underwater.

A commercial fisherman standing in his boat hauls a hoop net out of the water.
Commercial fisherman on Lake Saint-Pierre

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These old-fashioned fishing waders are made entirely of leather. Modern waders are made of synthetic materials and rubber, and are therefore lighter and more waterproof.

Leather fishing waders

A series of hoops keeps the hoop net open.

Fishermen holding a hoop net on the dock at Sainte-Anne-de-Sorel.
Fishermen on the dock at Sainte-Anne-de-Sorel

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Commercial fisherman in front of his smoker
Mr. Desmarais prepares sturgeon fillets in his smoker at Notre-Dame-de-Pierreville
Three men in a small boat display the sturgeons they have landed.
Photograph taken at Notre-Dame-de-Pierreville around 1950; three commercial fishermen with their catch of sturgeon

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Two commercial fishing boats on Chenal Tardif
View of Chenal Tardif from Île du Fort, Notre-Dame-de-Pierreville

This bucket contains a large German Carp, some Brown Bullhead, a large Northern Pike and a few small Yellow Perch. The perch will be released, as a moratorium on this species has been effect since 2012.

Bucket full of various kinds of fish

A fisherman displays his catch: an impressive Northern Pike.

Two hands holding a pike over a bucket full of fish.

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