The Sainte-Anne River
Destination Chic-Chocs is a community-based nonprofit organization that has been managing salmon fishing in the magnificent Sainte-Anne River since 1993. The organization was originally founded in 1969, but did not take up its current role until the early 1990s, when the government decided to return salmon river management to the local community.
From that moment on, Destination Chic-Chocs, then known as Association chasse et pêche gaspésienne, became a major player in the sustainable economic development of community resources. In 1999 it merged with another nonprofit, Parc Ami Chic-Chocs, and took the name Destination Chic-Chocs.
- 70 km, of which 49 km are open for fishing
- Sectors and pools
- 64 pools in 3 fishing sectors, all limited access, wade fishing downstream and wade fishing and canoe with guides upstream
- Type of fishing allowed
- Wade fishing in 2 sectors and with a guide and canoe in 1 sector
- Salmon fishing season
- June 15 to September 30
- Daily salmon catch limit per angler
- 2 small salmon less than 63 centimeters
- 170, route du Parc, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts (Québec), G4V 2C2
- (418) 763-7633
- Free Phone
- (418) 763-7486
The Sainte-Anne River
The Sainte-Anne River has its source in Lake Sainte-Anne and flows 70 kilometres north to its mouth on the St. Lawrence Estuary in the city of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts. Along the way it passes some of Quebec’s highest peaks in the Chic Choc Mountains and runs through Gaspésie National Park, part of whose purpose is the protection of the Sainte-Anne River salmon. Because of the mountainous terrain, the river runs exceptionally clear and cool, flowing through pristine forest in the majestic tranquillity of the mountains for much of its length.
Salmon fishing on the Sainte-Anne River is a centuries-old tradition practised by the Mi’kmaq and their predecessors, and then adopted by the first European settlers. Between 1870 and 1969, the Quebec government assigned the fishing rights to wealthy individuals and private clubs, then later took them back. Since 1993 the river has been part of a sustainably managed wildlife reserve run by a corporation now called Destination Chic-Chocs.
Sainte-Anne River salmon are known for their brilliant sheen and combative spirit. They are found on the river as far as the base of Sainte Anne Falls 50 kilometres from the estuary. The entire river is easy to reach by road. There are 64 pools in 3 sectors, all limited-access and subject to a limit of 20 anglers per day except for the 12-kilometre stretch inside the park boundary, where the limit is 6. There are guided canoe-fishing package available for one sector, with accommodations included.
The water is usually clear and transparent, making pools easy to identify. The downstream pools generally have a coarse gravel bottom, while upstream more large rocks are typical. The crystalline waters are also home to sea (brook) trout. The Sainte-Anne’s many qualities make it a favourite among anglers.
- Annual statistics are provided by the Government of Quebec.