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

Matapedia River


Contact information

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

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At a glance

  • Length: 65 km 
  • Sectors and pools: 104 pools in 1 limited‑access and 3 open‑access sectors 
  • Type of fishing:Wade and canoe fishing for salmon
  • Fishing season: June 1 to September 30 
  • Daily catch limit per angler: 2 small salmon less than 63 centimeters. From August 1 , if the number of large salmon reassembled exceeds conservation threshold, a number may be conserved. The daily limit will be set at one (1) large salmon ( over 63 cm).


Salmon fishing on the Matapédia River

The Matapédia River flows out of Matapédia Lake and forms a natural border separating the Lower St. Lawrence region from the Gaspé Peninsula. Much of the river lies within the Rivières-Matapédia-et-Patapédia Wildlife Reserve. Of its total 112.7 kilometres, 65 meander along the Matapédia Valley, punctuated occasionally by rapids, before the river joins the Restigouche near the village of Matapédia. The river has been described as “the salmon capital of the world.”

It is said locally that the Matapédia was the first river where a salmon was caught with an artificial fly, in 1864. Foreigners founded the first sport fishing clubs at the end of the 19th century, and the sport took hold with the general public in the 1960s. By 1972, practically the entire Matapédia River was open to salmon fishing, and Corporation de gestion des rivières Matapédia et Patapédia has been managing it since 1992.

The Matapédia is renowned for the size of its salmon and of its annual run—three to five thousand fish return to the river each year and 18-kilogram specimens are not uncommon. The return is early too, coming at the end of May or the beginning of June. The river is easy to access off Highway 132, which follows its course from end to end, and has four fishing sectors with 104 deep, calm pools. Three sectors are open-access. Sector 2 (Glenn Emma) is limited access and very highly sought after. Wading is the technique used in most sectors, although canoe fishing is preferable in the spring.  

This magnificent river is certainly one of Quebec’s finest salmon rivers. Beginners and professionals alike will love its famous pools, big salmon, and spectacular setting.



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