Fishing the

Matapédia River

A must for all anglers!

In brief

Matapédia River

Forming a natural boundary between the Bas-St-Laurent and Gaspé regions, the Matapédia River rises from a lake bearing the same name. A large part of this watercourse lies within the Matapédia-et-Patapédia River Wildlife Reserve. 112.7 kilometers long, it winds its way through the Matapédia Valley for 65 kilometers, punctuated by rapids, before emptying into the Restigouche River near the municipality of Matapédia. It is often referred to as the "salmon capital".

The Matapédia is renowned for the size and number of its salmon, with between 3,000 and 5,000 returning each year, and catches of over 18 kilograms not uncommon. What's more, the run is early, in late May or early June. Easily accessible thanks to Route 132, which runs along its entire length, the Matapedia River boasts 4 fishing sectors and 104 pools located in calm and deep water. Three of these sectors are open access. Sector 2 (Glenn Emma) has restricted access and is very popular with anglers. Fishing is wading in most sectors, although a canoe is preferable in spring.

Considered one of the best salmon rivers in Quebec, this magnificent waterway will appeal to novice and professional anglers alike, with its famous pools, big salmon and superb scenery.

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

For the Glen Emma sector, all rods are allocated during the preseason draw. Winners (ranks 1 to 100) may reserve a maximum of 5 consecutive or non-consecutive fishing days for 1 or 2 people.

Rods still available after the draw will be allocated by telephone 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.

Haley's pool is available Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays in season. All rods are sold in 48-hour draws. Purchase of 2 rods is mandatory.


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

Services offered

  • Equipment rental

  • Guide

  • Companion



65 kilometers

Type of fishing possible

Wading or by canoe

Fishing season

May 15 to September 30

Sectors and pools

104 pools divided into 1 restricted sector and 3 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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