des Escoumins River
- 84, rue St-Germain Est, bureau 2080, Rimouski (Québec), G5L 1A6
- 418 722-3726
- Free Phone
- Length: 84 kilometres, of which 35 km are open to fishing
- Sectors and pools: 66 pools in 3 sectors, of which 2 are limited-access and 1 open-access
- Type of fishing allowed: Wade fishing
- Salmon fishing season: June 1 to September 15.
- Daily salmon catch limit per angler: Catch and release is mandatory for large salmon; anglers may keep two (2) grilse per fishing day.
Salmon fishing on the Rivière Godbout
The Escoumins River rises in the Canadian Shield at over 600 m above sea level. It runs northwest to southeast for 84 kilometres through a narrow, mountainous valley on the Upper North Shore before emptying into the Saint Lawrence Estuary at the town of Les Escoumins, 40 kilometres east of Tadoussac. Fishing is possible along 35 kilometres of the river.
The Escoumins is a fast-flowing river with a gravel, pebble, and rock bed and tea-coloured water that changes little after a rainfall. Salmon can be fished by wading or by canoe in 66 pools, most of which are small and relatively shallow. A forest road runs along or near the river, simplifying access to the pools. Before log driving began in the 19th century, the Escoumins River had an outstanding reputation for salmon angling, and catches weighing over 13 kilos were not uncommon. In the 1980s, sustained efforts by the community breathed new life into the sport fishery, and in 2013, the municipal dam, a major obstacle to the salmon and sea trout run since its construction in 1864, was dismantled.
Salmon fishing on the river, now a controlled harvesting zone (ZEC), is managed by Corporation de gestion de la rivière à saumons des Escoumins, which is composed of the Essipit Innu First Nation Council, the Town of Les Escoumins, and representatives of the angling community. This successful partnership has been recognized by a number of tourism awards. Sea trout can also be fished here.
- The annual statistics are provided by the Government of Quebec.