- 84, rue St-Germain Est, bureau 2080, Rimouski (Québec), G5L 1A6
- 418 722-3726
- Free Phone
- Length: 103 kilometers (68 miles)
- Type of fishing allowed: Wading and canot
Salmon fishing on the Washicoutai River
The Washicoutai is a river of average size and flow running 103 kilometers (68 miles) from its source to the nearby village of La Romaine, where it empties into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Its name sounds like that of a famous yellowish-orange berry (chicouté or cloudberry) found on peat bogs, which folks on the North Shore cleverly use to make a liqueur and beer, both of which are enjoying an increasingly large following elsewhere in the province. The word chicoutai means “fire” in the Montagnais language and refers to the color taken by the plant’s leaves in the fall.
Washicoutai also comes from the Montagnais language and means “overlooking the bay.” The word aptly points to a 4-meter (13 ft) waterfall located four kilometers (2.5 miles) upstream of the river mouth, beyond which the salmon cannot migrate. An outfitter holds exclusive fishing rights on the fishable portion of the river. In this short stretch of fast water, anglers will take strong fish ranging from 2.2 to 5.0 kilos (4.8 and 11 pounds) on average.
- The annual statistics are provided by the Government of Quebec.