The Laval River
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.
- 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
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.
- The annual statistics are provided by the Government of Quebec.