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Contact information

84, rue St-Germain Est, bureau 2080, Rimouski (Québec), G5L 1A6
418 722-3726
Free Phone
418 724-7638

Annual statistics

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River Condition(s)

A summary

  • Length: 160 km.
  • Type of fishing allowed: Salmon fishing


Salmon fishing in the Nabisipi River

Driving east toward the town of Natashquan, home of celebrated Quebec poet and troubadour Gilles Vigneault, you will come to an imposing salmon river, the Nabisipi. In the Montagnais language, nabisipi means “man’s river” or “river of the male.” Issuing from Lake Saumur, this big salmon stream tumbles down through rugged terrain before meeting with the Gulf of Lawrence River some 160 kilometers (100 miles) below. The river is very turbulent and features natural barriers that confine the migrating salmon to its lower 111 kilometers (69 miles).

The Nabisipi is a prolific Atlantic salmon river, with healthy runs of fish starting to appear in the river some time in July. Technically, fly fishers have 40 kilometers (25 miles) of the Nabisipi available to them, but in actual fact the fishing takes place in only 5 pools because the river is so tumultuous. The fishable pools can be covered by wading or with the use of boats. An outfitter has the sole fishing rights on one sector of the river and non-exclusive rights on the other. Salmon landed in the Nabisipi range from 3 to 5 kilos (6.6 and 11 pounds), including a relatively small percentage of grilse.



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