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Fishing

The Matane River

The Matane River runs through the town of Matane on the Gaspé coast before reaching the Gulf of St. Lawrence. To get there it flows 80 kilometres from Matane Lake, mainly in the Matane Wildlife Reserve. The river has a number of tributaries and many consider it to be Quebec’s leading teaching river for salmon sport fishing because of all the anglers who first learned to fish there.

A summary

Lenght
80 km
Sectors and pools
79 pools in 5 open-access sectors
Type of fishing allowed
Wade fishing
Salmon fishing season
June 15 to September 30
Daily salmon catch limit per angler
2 small salmon less than 63 centimeters

Operator

Société de gestion de la rivière Matane

 

 

Contact information

Address
235 avenue St-Jérôme - Local 307 Matane (Québec) G4W 3A7
Phone
(418) 562-7006 / hors saison (418) 562-7560
Email
sogerm@globetrotter.net

Annual statistics

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River Condition(s)

Salmon fishing on the Matane River

The Matane River runs through the town of Matane on the Gaspé coast before reaching the Gulf of St. Lawrence. To get there it flows 80 kilometres from Matane Lake, mainly in the Matane Wildlife Reserve. The river has a number of tributaries and many consider it to be Quebec’s leading teaching river for salmon sport fishing because of all the anglers who first learned to fish there.

A long-time transportation route for the Mi’kmaq and their predecessors, the Matane River was used for log driving starting in the 19th century. Several dams were built, most of which incorporated fish ladders. In 1879, sport-fishing pioneer Colonel D. T. Irwin founded the Matane Salmon Club. Salmon nearly disappeared from the river in the 1930s, leading the provincial government to take protective measures and establish fishing regulations.

Today salmon fishing in the river’s 79 pools is managed by Société de gestion de la rivière Matane. The Matane is one of the few rivers in Quebec that has no restricted-access pools—all pools on the river are open access. Not only that, most of them are easy to get to and full of fish, with annual runs of over 3,000.

Note that species other than salmon may not be fished on the Matane River in salmon season, except accidentally. The river owes its popularity to its easy road access to pools as well as to the fish ladder at the Mathieu-D’Amours Dam in downtown Matane, where visitors can watch the salmon as they make their way upstream to spawn.  

 

Note

  • Annual statistics are provided by the Government of Quebec.