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Fishing

The Laval River

A longstanding reputation for some of the biggest salmon!

The Association  de  chasse  et  pêche  de  Forestville  is  the  organization  that  manages  the Forestville and Laval rivers (ZECs). Its mission is to manage wildlife in an equitable manner and develop  hunting,  fishing, camping, and  outdoor  activities. It offers quality service to the public. 

The Laval River has 6 sectors, only 1 of which is limited-access, with a total of 67 salmon pools and 45 pools for sea trout, which are plentiful and significantly larger than average.

A summary

Lenght
42 km open to fishing
Sectors and pools
67 pools spread over 1 (one) limited access sector and 3 to open sectors.
Type of fishing
Wade, canoe, and boat
Fishing season
June 1st to October 15th
Daily catch limit per angler
1 small salmon less than 63 centimeters

Information

Association de chasse et pêche de Forestville

Contact information

Address
41 road 138 East, Forestville (Québec) G0T 1E0
Phone
(418) 587-4948
Free Phone
1-888-587-0112
Fax
(418) 587-6061
Email
zecforestville@globetrotter.net
Learn more about this river

Annual statistics

Moon phase

Moon phases

River Condition(s)

Salmon fishing on the Laval River

The headwaters of the Laval River are in Lake Laval, an impressive body of water covering 656 hectares. From there, the river flows 42 kilometres south through a deep valley before joining the Saint Lawrence River just east of Forestville. The average salmon here is nearly twice the size of those usually caught in other rivers along the North Shore.

Anglo-Canadian Pulp & Paper Mills Ltd. long held exclusive salmon fishing rights to the Laval River, until the Quebec government declared it a wildlife preserve. Since 1980, Association de chasse et pêche de Forestville has managed the Laval River as a controlled harvesting zone (ZEC) for salmon. The current is gentle in some sections and powerful in others, and rainfall can trigger significant changes in water level and colour. The bottom is fairly dark, the water tends to be murky, and some pools are absolutely opaque.

The Laval River has 6 sectors, only 1 of which is limited-access, with a total of 67 salmon pools and 45 pools for sea trout, which are plentiful and significantly larger than average. Fly anglers can also enjoy the exclusive privilege of fishing for pike on Lake Jacques, an imposing body of water located near the midpoint of the Laval River’s course.

 

Note

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