Fishing the

Cascapédia River

larger-than-life salmon!

In brief

Cascapédia River

The Cascapédia River, also known as the Grande Cascapédia to distinguish it from the Petite Cascapédia further east, rises in the heart of the Chics-Chocs mountains and flows through central Gaspésie before emptying into the Baie-des-Chaleurs. Colossal, flowing through landscapes that have inspired many painters, it covers 139 kilometers at a rate of 50 cubic meters per second, its clear waters turning brownish when high. For over a century and a half, it has enjoyed a worldwide reputation for the size of its salmon, averaging 9 kilograms, the record being 24 kilograms, caught in 1886.

This rich history of a legendary waterway can be found at the Musée de la rivière Cascapédia in Cascapédia-Saint-Jules. While the Société Cascapédia, which has wildlife reserve status, has managed the river since 1982, the Micmac community has the exclusive right to offer sport fishing packages on the first 18 kilometers of river, from the mouth. In addition, fishing management alternates with the various private clubs, to maintain the significant economic spin-offs. This partnership has proven to be a viable model for both public and private management.





Services offered

  • Guide

  • Cottage



118 kilometers open for fishing and 18 private kilometers

Type of fishing possible

In a canoe with a guide in 4 of the sectors

Fishing season

June 1st to September 30

Sectors and pools

107 pools in a total of 7 fishing sectors

Daily catch limit per angler

Gaspé peninsula

Carte - Gaspé peninsula

Access to the region

The Gaspé peninsula begins at Sainte-Flavie, where Route 132 splits in two to form a loop of some 844 kilometers around the peninsula, known as the "Tour de la Gaspésie". It's at this municipality that you can choose between the southern and northern itineraries. The region is also accessible by bus, train, ferry and air. Air transport is available via the Gaspé, Bonaventure and Mont-Joli airports.

A fishing paradise

Criss-crossing immense valleys, the 22 salmon rivers of the Gaspé Peninsula are renowned for their crystal-clear waters of a thousand shades of turquoise or emerald, flowing over stony beds. While most of these rivers run north-south or south-north, winding their way through the ancient Appalachian massif of the Chics-Chocs mountains, they all flow through a varied and rich wilderness, thanks to the diversity of their microclimates.

These superb rivers, which welcome both experts and novices to salmon fishing, are easily accessible. What's more, these rivers almost always end up in or next to a small, picturesque coastal municipality.

Because the waters of these rivers come from unspoiled nature, they are of impeccable purity and among the clearest in the world. These qualities, combined with the beauty of the environment and the warm welcome of the Gaspesians, have given the region a worldwide reputation as a fishing paradise.

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