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Fishing

The Cap-Chat River

From its headwaters in the stunning scenery of the renowned Chic-Choc Mountains, the Rivière Cap-Chat runs 57.5 kilometres before emptying into the Saint Lawrence estuary. Very large salmon return every year to its waters of remarkable clarity that flow over a gravel bed. Because this splendid river is not very large, boats can only be used to cross the river and thus all fishing is done wading.

A summary

Length
57,5 km
Sectors and pools
52 pools in 2 limited-access and 1 open-access sectors
Type of fishing allowed
Only wade fishing is allowed
Fishing season
June 15 to September 30
Daily catch limits
2 small salmon between 30 and 63 cm in length

Operator

Société de gestion de la rivière Cap-Chat   

Contact information

Address
53 rue Notre-Dame, C.P. 487 Cap-Chat (Québec) G0J 1E0
Phone
(418) 786-5255
Fax
(418) 786-5167
Email
sgrchat@globetrotter.net
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Salmon fishing on Cap-Chat River

From its headwaters in the stunning scenery of the renowned Chic-Choc Mountains, the Rivière Cap-Chat runs 57.5 kilometres before emptying into the Saint Lawrence estuary. Very large salmon return every year to its waters of remarkable clarity that flow over a gravel bed. Because this splendid river is not very large, boats can only be used to cross the river and thus all fishing is done wading.

The Cap-Chat has attracted salmon anglers for at least 75 years, even including the late U.S. president, John F. Kennedy, who fished on the river several times. In 1966, the Cap-Chat was designated a fishing reserve, but fishing was suspended from 1984 to 1989 to protect the salmon population. During that period, stocking programs were established and salmon run counts were conducted, eventually leading to reopening of the fishery in 1990, although a mandatory catch-and-release policy remains in place for all large salmon.

Today, this true pearl of a river offers anglers more than 50 pools in three fishing sectors. One limited-access sectors and one open-access sector are available for salmon fishing, while the third sector is limited-access for sea-run brook trout fishing only. The Société de gestion de la rivière Cap-Chat manages fishing on this river, which has now been designated a salmon ZEC (controlled harvesting zone).

Five species of fish frequent the Rivière Cap-Chat. In addition to salmon, there are brook trout, slimy sculpin, American eel and threespine stickleback
 

Note

  • Annual statistics are provided by the Government of Quebec.