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Fishing

Saint-Jean River

The Saint-Jean River

A river with breathtaking scenery offering an upscale fishing!

The Saint-Jean originates near the southwestern border of Labrador in the Laurentian Plateau, at an elevation of some 500 metres. Flowing through mountainous terrain for 240 kilometres, it reaches the Gulf of Saint Lawrence at the village of Rivière-Saint-Jean, 160 kilometres east of Sept-Îles on the north shore. Some 27 kilometres of the river are available for wade fishing or fishing from a canoe. Up to 6,000 salmon migrate upstream each season, each weighing 4 to 10 pounds.

A summary

Lenght
240 km of which 27 km are open to fishing
Sectors and pools
3 exclusive rights to fishing areas
Type of fishing
For salmon mostly by canoe and wade
Fishing season
Begining of June to mid-August
Daily catch limit per angler
2 small salmon less than 63 centimeters

Operator

Association de protection de la rivière Saint-Jean

Contact information

Address
300 rue Saint-Jean Rivière Saint-Jean (Québec) G0G 2N0
Phone
(418) 949-2457
Fax
(418) 949-2458
Email
aprsj1330@gmail.com
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Salmon fishing on Sant-Jean River

The Saint-Jean originates near the southwestern border of Labrador in the Laurentian Plateau, at an elevation of some 500 metres. Flowing through mountainous terrain for 240 kilometres, it reaches the Gulf of Saint Lawrence at the village of Rivière-Saint-Jean, 160 kilometres east of Sept-Îles on the north shore. Some 27 kilometres of the river are available for wade fishing or fishing from a canoe. Up to 6,000 salmon migrate upstream each season, each weighing 4 to 10 pounds.

Sport fishing for the king of the waters in the Rivière Saint-Jean dates back over 150 years. The riverbed and a narrow strip of adjacent land were bought in 1903 by an American, James J. Hill, and are still owned by his descendants. Other Americans subsequently began using the upstream parts of the river for salmon fishing in the 1960s. In 1986, the Quebec government ceded this 23-kilometre section to the Pourvoirie de la Haute-Saint-Jean, a private outfitter. Today, the Association de protection de la rivière Saint-Jean, a nonprofit organization formed by residents of Rivière-Saint-Jean, manages the outfitter’s facilities and the exclusive rights to sport fishing on this part of the river.

The various fishing areas and accommodations on the Rivière Saint-Jean are reached by motorized canoe. From the village of Rivière-Saint-Jean, a guide will take you to one of the three “pavillons” (fishing camps) upstream. The first 50 kilometres of the river are navigable despite the sometimes powerful current. There are some 55 pools in three sectors, for which the Association holds exclusive fishing rights. The river offers anglers fishing of exceptional quality. In some areas, many salmon weighing over 10 kilos (22 pounds) have been recorded in recent years. The river also has a public-access sector between the bridge and the mouth, where you can fish during the fishing season if you have a salmon sport fishing licence.

 

Note

  • Annual statistics are provided by the Government of Quebec