A trademark of the Fédération des gestionnaires de rivières à saumon du Québec

Grande-Rivière River



Contact information

84, rue St-Germain Est, bureau 2080, Rimouski (Québec), G5L 1A6
418 722-3726
Free Phone

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A summary

  • Length: 60 km 
  • Sectors and pools: 55 pools in open-access 5 sectors
  • Type of fishing:Wade fishing for salmon
  • Fishing season: June 1 to September 15
  • Daily catch limit per angler: If your provincial fishing license allows, you may keep a daily limit of two (2) small salmon, known as grilse or jacks (between 30 and 63 cm in length).


Salmon fishing on the Grande-Rivière River

The Grande Rivière rises in the Gaspé tablelands and flows 60 kilometres against a backdrop of mountains before emptying into Chaleur Bay at the town of Grande-Rivière.

The Grande Rivière served for millennia as the “great inland route,” as the Mi’kmaq called it, and saw its first European settlers arrive in the 17th century. Frontenac made it a seigneurie, and after passing through British and Jersey Islander hands it was purchased by American interests for a fishing club in 1919. Today the area is a controlled salmon harvesting zone (ZEC) managed by Société de gestion de la Grande Rivière. A two-kilometre stretch between sectors 2 and 3 remains in private hands.

The Grande Rivière has 6 fishing sectors, 3 of which are open-access and 3 limited-access. Of the river’s 55 pools, the deepest are a dramatic emerald green in colour, and in many of the pools salmon can be easily seen resting beneath the surface. Well-maintained roads make for easy access to the water. There are also brook trout in the waters of the Grande Rivière.



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