- 84, rue St-Germain Est, bureau 2080, Rimouski (Québec), G5L 1A6
- 418 722-3726
- Free Phone
Salmon fishing on the George river
To flow over 560 kilometers on a northern path, the George River is like no other. The average flow of this river is 3,095 m3/s which is approximately 30% of the annual flow of the Saint-Lawrence River at the height of Sorel.
After stretching along a large part of the Quebec and Labrador border, the George River empties into the Ungava Bay. As the river flows toward the north, the vegetation changes from boreal forest to tundra. In 1811, Moravian missionaries named it in honour of George III.
Many tributaries feed this river, however, two rivers require mention since salmon frequent their waters, they are the Ford River and the De Pas River. It is fed by a watershed of 35 200 km2. One of the most important characteristics of this river is that it only produces marine type salmon and these salmon spend up to seven years of their life in fresh water before leaving the river and acclimatizing in its estuary of 40 nautical miles long.
In the first half of August, salmon stock arrive and pass before the picturesque village of kangiqsualijjuag, also known as George River to the Inuit people. These people are not interested in salmon considering they have access to this large supply of Arctic charr who head up the river to reach Helene’s Falls.
An interesting phenomenon of the George River is that one of the most important herds of caribou has its name. The George River herd has a population of more than 400,000 head. This herd combined with the Rivière aux Feuilles herd makes the largest population of caribou in the world with over one million head. In consequence, it is never a surprise to see a caribou cross the river at the exact moment an angler is fighting with another popular species of the north. Caribou are omnipresent.
Seven outfitters located throughout the river offer their services in the comfort of their welcoming locations in the beautiful surroundings of the northern tundra.Certain anglers favour spring fishing to post-spawning salmon.
This river is known throughout the world by all salmon fishing enthusiasts. This majestic river is known for its salmon migration. The George River is a river that has delivered more than 2,000 salmon per year to salmon fishing in the 80’s. Between 1993-2000 the harvest barely passed 300 fish.
The frigid waters of the George River include many other species of fish such as the landlocked salmon (freshwater salmon or ouananiche), brook trout, sea trout (anadromous brook trout) and lake charr are found in abundance. The river’s tributaries, located downstream from Helene’s Falls, encourage the reproduction of a large population of Arctic charr, this brings much pleasure to the sport fishing enthusiasts and Inuit population.
The George River is a beautiful and large watercourse that only exists in the Great North. It is spirited and wild with many rapids. Many canoe adventurism clubs have mapped this river.
More than 5,000 years ago, the First Nations used this natural passageway to reach caribou hunting grounds. This passageway is agitated however, with its powerful rapids, requires that its navigator has a solid experience in navigation. An experienced and veteran guide is required to navigate the rapids of the George River. These rapids are so powerful that an avid sportsperson has the impression of living all the thrills that come with a vivid feeling of victory of the elements.
Named in the beginning of the century by the explorers in honour of the Greek Gods of Hell, the austere and imposing Hadès Hills can be found along the riverside of the George River. A troubling impression of supernatural (ethereal and sombre) can be felt from this mountainous mass that stands between the sky and the earth in such a manner that seems as unlikely as magnificent.
The George River, as well as other rivers of the region, is rich in fish such as Atlantic salmon and trout. Surrounding the wonderful Helene’s Falls, 64 kilometers upstream in the George River, many outfitter camps greet visitors and offer unbelievable fishing adventures.
- The annual statistics are provided by the Government of Quebec.