Fishing the

Mitis & Mistigougèche

Enchanting, easy-to-reach fishing spots!

In brief


The Mitis and Mistigougèche rivers flow through the heart of the Zec Rivière Mitis territory. The latter can be reached by taking the Chemin du Portage from the municipality of Sainte-Angèle-de-Mérici. The Mistigougèche River is also accessible via the chemin de la rivière Mistigougèche in the municipality of Les Hauteurs.


The Mitis River flows 51 kilometers north from Lac Mitis to join the St-Laurent at Sainte-Flavie, some 32 kilometers east of Rimouski. Salmon can be found on this 46 kilometer long river up to an impassable 12 meter waterfall near Lac Mitis. This winding river, with its lightly colored waters, is easily accessible via well-maintained trails. It's just a few steps from Chemin du Portage. Rivière Mitis has 33 pools divided into 2 public sectors (II & III) and 1 restricted draw sector (III-B). (Click here to see the map)


The Mistigougèche River is one of the most important tributaries of the Mitis River. It covers a distance of almost 70 kilometers before emptying into the Mitis River. A 26 kilometer stretch is accessible to salmon, more precisely to the foot of the Lac des Eaux-Mortes dike. Its confluence with the Mitis River is 25 kilometers from the St-Laurent. This dark-water river flows through a unique landscape, completely different from that of the Rivière Mitis, following a rugged, mountainous terrain. It flows through a wild, little-traveled area, offering tranquility and unique access to nature. Access is not difficult, however, with a road running alongside the river and a number of access trails. The Mistigougèche River has 6 pools within a 10 kilometer stretch of the controlled-access sector (IV).(Click here to see the map)


The territory is located in Bas-Saint-Laurent, in the MRC de La Mitis, about...

  • 584 kilometers from Montreal
  • 356 kilometers from Quebec City
  • 351 kilometers from Gaspé
  • 476 kilometers from Moncton

Annually, just over 1,200 salmon swim the rivers of the territory, of which just over half are madeleineaux. Captured downstream of the Mitis 2 hydroelectric dam, less than 2 kilometers from the mouth of the Mitis River, the salmon are transported nearly 10 kilometers by truck. At the end of this journey, in Sainte-Angèle-de-Mérici, they are released to continue their migration.

Founded in 1993, the Zec Rivière Mitis is committed to sustainable development and respect for the priceless Atlantic salmon resource. A dedicated organization, recent investments, nearby amenities, tranquility, a landscape of valleys and waterfalls, live the Zec Rivière Mitis experience! For more details, visit our Facebook and Instagram pages or our website.


Services offered

  • Equipment rental

  • Bathrooms


River manager

Corporation de gestion de la pêche sportive de la rivière Mitis (Zec Rivière Mitis)


46 kilometers | 10 kilometers

Type of fishing possible


Fishing season

June 15 to September 30

Sectors and pools

33 pools in 3 sectors, including 1 draw sector with restricted access | 6 pools in 1 draw sector with restricted access

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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