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Ristigouche River


Contact information

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

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  • Type of fishing allowed: salmon


Salmon fishing on the Ristigouche River

Without doubt, the Ristigouche is one of the most important salmon rivers in the world. Forming a portion of the border between Quebec and New Brunswick, salmon of 40, 50, and even 60 pounds come to the fly of the fortunate angler. The first eight kilometers of the river offer public access. The rest of the river is essentially private. Fishing privileges are administered under the auspices of the Ristigouche Salmon Club, located in the town of Matapedia, and by other private clubs such as Camp Harmony and Camp Albany.

In Micmac, the word Ristigouche means “river that divides like a hand,” a reference to the numerous tributaries of the river including the Matapedia, Patapedia, Kedgwick, and Upsalquitch. On the public sector, nearly a dozen productive pools provide the opportunity to fish for salmon of trophy proportions during the early season. The Motel Restigouche offers lodging and guiding services at reasonable rates during this time.



  • Annual statistics are provided by the Government of Quebec.