The Petit-Saguenay River
The riverbed is made up of rock, gravel, and sand, tinting the water a pale caramel. It is a fast-flowing river, averaging 16 m3/second. There are 24 salmon-fishing pools in one limited-access and two open-access sectors.
The Petit-Saguenay River association is known for its work on behalf of sustainable salmon management with its Charter for the Protection of the Atlantic Salmon.
- 77 km, of which 13 km are open to fishing
- Sectors and pools
- 24 pools in limited-access and open-access sectors
- Wade fishing for salmon
- Salmon, wade fishing
- Fishing season
- June 1 to September 15
- Daily limit per angler
- 1 small salmon under 63 centimetres
Association de la rivière Petit-Saguenay
- 100 rue Eugène-Morin, Petit-Saguenay (Québec) G0V 1N0
- (418) 272-1169
- Free Phone
Salmon Fishing on the Petit-Saguenay River
The 77-kilometre-long Petit-Saguenay River drains a series of lakes at 625 metres elevation in the Laurentides Wildlife Reserve. It flows east to Sagard, turns north, passes through the village of Petit-Saguenay, and empties into the Saguenay Fjord. Its mouth forms a small cove partially enclosed by a gravel bar. Of its 77 kilometres, 13 are open to salmon fishing, including 1 kilometre on the Portage River, a tributary
Lumber merchant William Price, one of the “fathers of the Saguenay,” held salmon rights to the Petit-Saguenay River in the 19th century. From him they passed through the hands of a number of other wealthy English Canadians and Americans, and finally ended up being divided between various clubs and associations. Today the area is a controlled harvest zone (ZEC) with a sport fishery managed by Association de la rivière Petit-Saguenay since 2008.
The riverbed is made up of rock, gravel, and sand, tinting the water a pale caramel. It is a fast-flowing river, averaging 16 m3/second. There are 24 salmon-fishing pools in one limited-access and two open-access sectors. Various accommodations are available at the hundred-year-old site, including heritage cabins, a year-round yurt, and a campground.
- Annual statistics are provided by the Government of Quebec.