The Petite Cascapédia River
Association des Pêcheurs Sportifs des rivières Cascapédia is a nonprofit organization tasked with managing the Petite Rivière Cascapédia controlled harvest zone since 1992. The association is run by a 7-member board of directors made up of local residents who are elected to 2-year terms at the annual general assembly. They meet 6 or 7 times per year. The association works to promote and protect river resources for future generations and provides 8 seasonal jobs that have a significant local impact.
- 92 km
- Sectors and pools
- 48 pools in 4 fishing sectors, of which 3 are limited-access and 1 open-access
- Type of fishing allowed
- Wade and canoe fishing for salmon and sea trout
- Salmon fishing season
- June 15 to September 30
- Daily salmon catch limit per angler
- 2 small salmon (under 63 centimetres) and 5 sea trout
Associations des pêcheurs sportifs des rivières Cascapédia
- 737 chemin St-Edgar New-Richmond (Québec) G0C 2B0
- (418) 392-4105
- Free Phone
- (418) 392-7255
Salmon Fishing on the Petite Cascapédia River
At its source at 700 meters in elevation in the Chic-Choc Mountains, the Petite Cascapédia River has 2 branches, the East and West. From there, it flows for 92 kilometres with an average drop of 4.9 metres per kilometre, joining to form a main branch along the way. At about 20 kilometres from its mouth on Chaleur Bay in New-Richmond, the river veers to the southwest. Its waters are cold and remarkably clear, so salmon can easily be spotted in the pools.
When the provincial government founded the Petite Cascapédia River Wildlife Reserve on June 28, 1945, it created one of Quebec’s first public rivers. In 1991, most of the waterway was incorporated into a controlled harvest zone (ZEC) managed by Associations des pêcheurs sportifs des rivières Cascapédia. The rest of the river runs through land belonging to Camp Brûlé, a private fishing lodge. There are also a few kilometres of private water downstream from the ZEC.
The Petite Cascapédia River has some sixty (60) pools, including more than 48 in the ZEC. These are spread out in 4 sectors, of which 3 are limited-access and 1 is open-access. The 2 sectors in the downstream portions of the West and East branches are reserved for fishing sea trout (anadromous brook trout), which can reach impressive sizes. Fishing is by wading or canoe, with some pools requiring a watercraft. The most productive pools have pebbly bottoms. As this river has been under restoration for a number of years, a strict catch-and-release policy is in effect for adult salmon throughout the season. In addition to Atlantic salmon, the Petite Cascapédia is home to anadromous and non-anadromous brook trout as well as slimy sculpin.
- Annual statistics are provided by the Government of Quebec.