Fishing the

Causapscal River

The biggest salmon in Quebec!

In brief

Causapscal River

The 61 kilometer long Causapscal River winds its way through the Matapedia Valley. It flows into the Matapedia River at the center of the municipality of Causapscal. The Causapscal is home to some of the largest salmon in Quebec.

Sport fishing on this river was pioneered by a Scotsman, George Stephen, who became Lord Mount Stephen in 1891, and a Quebecer, Richard Nelson Adams. A co-founder of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Stephen leased the Matapedia and Causapscal rivers and bought six lots. In the 20th century, Adams earned a worldwide reputation as a guide on these rivers. The Corporation de gestion des rivières Matapédia et Patapédia, which has managed sport fishing on the Causapscal since 1992, has created the Richard Adams Foundation, which works to promote scientific research on salmon and to protect the species in the region.

Every year, from late May onwards, 450 to 600 salmon swim up the Causapscal River, which is divided into 2 sectors with restricted access, totaling 31 kilometers and 25 pools. Access rights are limited to 4 per day per sector, and fishing is usually by canoe. In sector 2, a guide is mandatory. The water is brown, but can become darker after a heavy rain. The river bottom is made up of large stones, and the flow, rapid in spring, becomes moderate in summer.

Renowned for its large salmon, this magnificent river is also known for its tranquility and magnificent scenery. The municipality of Causapscal is home to Matamajaw, a former fishing club that is now the only museum in Quebec dedicated to sport salmon fishing.

Photo credit: CGRMP



The annual draw for the Causapscal River takes place on November 1st.

For sector 1, all rods are allocated during the preseason draw. Winners (ranks 1 to 45) may reserve a maximum of 2 consecutive or non-consecutive fishing days for 1 or 2 people.

For sector 2, all rods are allocated at the pre-season draw. Winners (ranks 1 to 43) may reserve a maximum of 2 consecutive or non-consecutive fishing days for 1 or 2 people.

Rods still available after the preseason draw will be allocated by telephone reminder on November 28, 2023 starting at 9:00 a.m. for non-winners of the draw and starting at 1:00 p.m. for all anglers.


For more information on the draws, click here.
To view detailed prizes for the Causapscal River, click here.

Services offered

  • Equipment rental

  • Companion

  • Guide


River manager

Corporation de gestion des rivières Matapédia et Patapédia (CGRMP)

Online Services

31 kilometers open for fishing

Type of fishing possible

Wading or by canoe

Fishing season

Mai 15 to July 15

Sectors and pools

25 pools divided in 2 draw 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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