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Fishing

The Rimouski River

Salmon fishing just minutes from downtown ...

Salmon fishing within minutes of downtown... That’s the rare treat the Rivière Rimouski offers anglers! From its headwaters in the Notre-Dame Mountains in New Brunswick, the Rimouski flows northward and crosses the border into Quebec. Turning northeast, the river runs toward Lac Rimouski before flowing through the city of the same name and finally into the St. Lawrence estuary. Of the river’s 113 kilometres, salmon are now found in 28 kilometres of its lower reaches.

A summary

Lenght
113 km of which 28 km are open to salmon fishing
Sectors and pools
60 pools distributed in 6 open acces sectors.
Type of fishing
wading
Salmon fishing season
June 15th to September 30th
Daily catch limit per angler
2 small salmon less than 63 centimeters

Operator

Association des pêcheurs sportifs de saumons de la rivière Rimouski

 

Contact information

Address
331 boul. Saint-Germain Ouest, C.P. 454, Rimouski (Québec) G0C 1E0
Phone
(418) 722-6453
Fax
(418) 722-6518
Email
info@saumonrimouski.com
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Salmon fishing on the Rimouski River

Salmon fishing within minutes of downtown... That’s the rare treat the Rivière Rimouski offers anglers! From its headwaters in the Notre-Dame Mountains in New Brunswick, the Rimouski flows northward and crosses the border into Quebec. Turning northeast, the river runs toward Lac Rimouski before flowing through the city of the same name and finally into the St. Lawrence estuary. Of the river’s 113 kilometres, salmon are now found in 28 kilometres of its lower reaches.

Once frequented by the Mi'kmaq, the Rivière Rimouski has had a long history of logging, with Price Brothers and Company holding a virtual monopoly of the industry for decades. Until the mid 1960s, salmon could only reach about 4.3 kilometres of river, a dire situation that led to many improvements in an effort to increase the population. Established as a controlled harvesting zone (ZEC) in 1993, the fishing areas are now managed by the Association des pêcheurs sportifs de saumons de la rivière Rimouski.

This is a great river for anglers who would like to explore an exceptional range of landscapes, all conveniently close to town. Along its varied course, the Rimouski offers fishing spots where the tide comes into play, wild surroundings (even within the city limits!), and steep slopes and cliffs alternating with more gentle slopes. The river has six fishing sectors, one of which is private. There are 61 pools spread over the 28 kilometres between the river’s mouth and the Grand Sault waterfall, 50 of which are accessible to anglers.

 

Note

  • The annual statistics are provided by the Government of Quebec.