Fishing the

Dartmouth River

Breathtaking scenery!

In brief

Dartmouth River

The Dartmouth River is the smallest of Gaspé's three rivers, at 63 kilometers long. Like its two sisters, the York and Saint-Jean rivers, it rises in the northeastern Chic-Chocs mountains and empties into Baie de Gaspé. It flows mainly through wilderness, except at its mouth, which is located in a rural residential area of the town of Gaspé. The river is easily accessible, as both its north and south banks are largely bordered by road.

The river's 51 accessible pools are divided into 7 sectors, 4 of which are restricted. Salmon fishing is by wading only, and without difficulty. The water of the Dartmouth River is cool throughout the season. Slightly amber in color, it is clear enough to see salmon. What's more, the Dartmouth offers a variety of conditions: during low-water periods, the water level drops considerably, while it can rise dramatically in a matter of hours during heavy rains.

The Dartmouth River appeals to solo anglers because it is generally sparsely populated, yet offers striking natural scenery and conditions that make for varied and spectacular fishing experiences.




Services offered

  • Equipment rental

  • Classes / Initiations



63 kilometers

Type of fishing possible

Wading only

Fishing season

May 25 to September 30

Sectors and pools

51 pools in 7 fishing sectors, including 4 draw sectors and 3 public sectors

Daily catch limit per angler

Gaspé peninsula

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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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