Du Gouffre river
Du Gouffre River
The Association de Conservation de la Vallée du Gouffre (ACVG) was founded in 1979 for the express purpose of protecting, conserving and developing the Atlantic salmon of the Rivière du Gouffre. The ACVG manages fishing access rights, monitors the river and its fish populations, improves the pools, builds and maintains trails, operates a counting fence, builds and installs additional facilities, and provides activities and lessons for new anglers.
- 71 km of which 35 km are open to salmon fishing
- Sectors and pools
- 50 pools in a single open-access secto
- Type of fishing allowed
- Salmon fishing season
- June 1st to September 15th
- Daily salmon catch limit per angler
- 1 small salmon less than 63 centimeters
Salmon fishing on the Du Gouffre River
Named the Rivière du Gouffre (“chasm river”) by Samuel de Champlain in 1608, the river flows southward from its headwaters in Lac du Cœur, at an elevation of 823 metres in the eastern Laurentians. Following a winding 71-kilometre course through wild and rugged landscapes, it crosses two vast valleys – one in the Notre-Dame-des-Monts area and the other, the Vallée du Gouffre, stretching from Saint-Urbain to Baie-Saint-Paul – before joining the St. Lawrence.
In the early twentieth century, anglers from the Quebec City area frequented the Rivière du Gouffre, which had and still has a reputation for salmon of imposing size, although the salmon population in the river can vary considerably. The river and its extraordinarily beautiful setting have been immortalized by well-known painters, including Clarence Gagnon, Marc-Aurèle Fortin, René Richard and Jean-Paul Lemieux. Since 1979, the Association de conservation de la Vallée du Gouffre has managed salmon fishing on the river.
Although ten of the river’s 65 pools are closed to fishing, the remaining 55 are easily reached and have been developed for fishing. The riverbed is composed of medium-sized stones and gravel, giving the water its dark hue and brownish tint; after a heavy rain, the water can be silty downstream. Only wade fishing is practiced on this river.
- Annual statistics are provided by the Government of Quebec.