Aux Rocher River
- 84, rue St-Germain Est, bureau 2080, Rimouski (Québec), G5L 1A6
- 418 722-3726
- Free Phone
- 418 724-7638
- Length: Not available
- Sectors and pools: 56 pools in one limited-access sector, three open-access sectors and one free sector (where a salmon fishing licence is required).
- Type of fishing allowed: Salmon fishing, mainly by wading.
- Fishing season: June 1 to September 15.
- Daily salmon catch limit per angler: Mandatory catch-and-release for large salmon (over 63 cm/25 inches) from June 1 to August 1st; limit of two (2) small salmon (grilse; over 30 cm/11.5 inches, under 63 cm/25 inches) may be kept per day. After August 1st, if allowed under the angler’s provincial fishing licence, the daily catch limit is one (1) large or small salmon. All catches must be registered within 48 hours.
Salmon fishing on the aux Rochers River
The Rivière aux Rochers is located on the north shore of the St. Lawrence, 62 kilometres west of Sept-Îles and 167 kilometres east of Baie-Comeau. The limited-access sector is well laid out, with easily reached pools. It passes through a wildlife reserve (Réserve faunique de Sept-Îles–Port-Cartier) and the municipality of Port-Cartier before joining the St. Lawrence.
The Rivière aux Rochers has not always offered good habitat for salmon; in the past, salmon used only the first 8 kilometres upstream from the mouth. A dam constructed in 1921 further blocked access, limiting salmon to just the first kilometre of the river. In addition, log drives were common from 1922 to 1963. The result? Salmon sport fishing was prohibited in 1971. Efforts to restore the salmon population – by creating a capture trap to transport fish further upstream and by initiating stocking programs – succeeded in boosting numbers sufficiently to reopen sport fishing in 1982.
These efforts have continued since that time, and the number of salmon has increased significantly to over one thousand per year, most of them quite large. The Association de protection de la rivière aux Rochers manages sport fishing on the river, whose slightly brown-tinged waters vary from 14 to 19 ºC (57 to 66 ºF). As the name suggests, the Rivière aux Rochers has a very rocky bed, with high flows that average 100 cubic metres per second. There are five fishing sectors: one free-access, one limited-access and three open-access sectors, for a total of 56 pools. Wade fishing is the norm on the river.
Note that an interpretation site devoted to Atlantic salmon includes exhibits at the visitor centre, a tour of the system for capturing salmon during their upstream migration, and a lookout offering views of the waterfall and anglers on the river
- The annual statistics are provided by the Government of Quebec.