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Fishing

The Malbaie River

A prestigious river to discover!

Nestled in the World Biosphere Reserve of Charlevoix, the Rivière Malbaie flows from the lake of the same name high in the Laurentian mountains. It winds southeast through a deep, narrow glacial valley, dropping 820 metres over 161 kilometres. Passing through the villages of Saint-Aimé-des-Lacs and Clermont, the Malbaie empties into the St. Lawrence at the municipality of La Malbaie after crossing two provincial parks, Grands Jardins and Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie.

 

A summary

Lenght
161 km, of which 10 km are open to salmon fishing.
Sectors and pools
76 pools in 5 sectors; 3 sectors with limited-access and 2 open-access.
Type of fishing allowed
Wading
Salmon fishing season
June 15 to September 15
Daily salmon catch limit per angler
2 small salmon less than 63 centimètres

Operator

Saumon de la rivière Malbaie

 

Contact information

Address
25 chemin des Chutes (C.P. 59), Clermont, QC G4A 1K1
Phone
(418) 439-0672
Fax
(418) 439-3299
Email
saumon-riviere-malbaie@hotmail.com
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Salmon fishing the Malbaie river

Nestled in the World Biosphere Reserve of Charlevoix, the Rivière Malbaie flows from the lake of the same name high in the Laurentian mountains. It winds southeast through a deep, narrow glacial valley, dropping 820 metres over 161 kilometres. Passing through the villages of Saint-Aimé-des-Lacs and Clermont, the Malbaie empties into the St. Lawrence at the municipality of La Malbaie after crossing two provincial parks, Grands Jardins and Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie.

Once known for its bountiful fish, for centuries the Malbaie was a thoroughfare for travellers, particularly the Montagnais peoples of the Saguenay region. In the nineteenth century, log drives took over the river, continuing until 1987 when the practice was banned. Once the log drives were stopped, efforts were made to clean up the environment and restore the salmon population, leading to the creation of the Corporation Le Saumon de la Rivière Malbaie. This organization manages salmon fishing on the Malbaie, which opened to anglers in 1998.

The Malbaie has 20 easily accessible pools near towns and villages, spread over 10 kilometres of river between Clermont and La Malbaie. Most fishing on the Malbaie is done wading.

Whether novices or experts, anglers will enjoy this inviting river and the vast variety of activities for visitors in the Charlevoix region, known for its fine dining and rich culture.

 

Note

  • Annual statistics are provided by the Government of Quebec.