- 84, rue St-Germain Est, bureau 2080, Rimouski (Québec), G5L 1A6
- 418 722-3726
- Free Phone
- Length: 75 km.
- Type of fishing allowed: Salmon fishing
- Salmon fishing season: June to august
Salmon fishing in the Kegaska River
Thirty-one kilometers (19 miles) east of the town of Natashquan, birthplace of Quebec’s celebrated troubadour Gilles Vigneault, anglers encounter another pretty salmon river by the name of Kegaska. The name means “lost child” in the Inuit language and, according to local folklore, commemorates an actual event. The river runs a course of some 75 kilometers (47 miles) over hilly terrain and features a lake (Lake Kegaska) in its flow. It ends its journey just outside the village of Kegaska, where it empties into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The harsh maritime climate is evident in the form of low-arching trees and a barren landscape.
Salmon can ascend the entire river and its tributaries, but only about 13 kilometers (8 miles) are accessible to the sports fisher. Fishing takes place in four tidal pools, which can be fished by wading or in a boat. Fishing normally starts at the end of June and lasts until mid-August. The fish weigh between 2.5 and 4.0 kilos (5.5 and 8.8 pounds) on average, including a high percentage of grilse. Mrs. Ruth Kippen owns the exclusive rights to fishing on the river and runs an outfitting camp that goes by the name of Leslie Foreman, her grandfather, who opened the river to sports fishing in 1964 after years of commercial fishing.
The main camp is located near the river mouth, but the outfitter has another chalet located on Lake Kegaska, exactly 28.8 kilometers (18 miles) upstream from the estuary. The Kegaska is a very pretty and productive salmon stream.
- The annual statistics are provided by the Government of Quebec.