Fishing the

Madeleine River

Sporty, scenic and wild!

In brief

Madeleine River

The 150 kilometer long Madeleine River rises at the foot of Mont Jacques-Cartier. It flows from southwest to northeast, then turns in a half-loop to the south, finally emptying into the St-Laurent at the village of Rivière-Madeleine, halfway between Gaspé and Sainte-Anne-des-Monts.

As early as 1679, there was a seigneury at Rivière Madeleine. In the 20th century, this estate was owned by forestry companies, who developed sport fishing for themselves. As the 25-metre-high Grand Falls prevented salmon from moving further upstream, the Quebec government built a fish pass in 1968. From then until the end of the 90s, this 140-metre-long tunnel, the only one of its kind in the world, combined with sustained stocking efforts, more than tripled the salmon population.

Today, the fishing territory on this waterway has the status of a salmon zec and is managed by the Société de gestion de la rivière Madeleine. You'll find clear water on a bed of gravel, pebbles and cobbles. There are 6 fishing sectors distributed along the river in both restricted draw sectors and non-restricted public sectors, for a total of 76 easily accessible pools. Salmon fishing is done by wading in 80% of the pools.



The annual draw for the Madeleine River is held on November 1.

For draw sectors, winners (ranks 1 to 150) may reserve a maximum of 2 consecutive or non-consecutive fishing days for 1 or 2 people per day. The percentage of fishing days allocated is
on average 55-60% in the pre-season and 35-40% within 48 hours.

No telephone reminders will be made following the draw. Rods not sold in the pre-season draw are automatically allocated to the 48-hour draw.

For more information on the draws, click here.
To see the detailed prices for the Madeleine River, click here.





Services offered

  • Lodging

  • Guide



126,3 kilometers

Type of fishing possible

Wading and by canoe

Fishing season

July 1st to September 30

Sectors and pools

74 pools divided into 6 sectors, 4 of which are restricted draw sectors and 2 are public 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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