Fishing the

Patapédia River

A calm environment away from the hustle and bustle!

In brief

Patapédia River

The 70 kilometers long Patapédia River rises from Lac Supérieur and Lac Chasseur, then meanders between the mountains at the south-western end of the plateaus bordering the Matapédia River valley. Before emptying into the Restigouche River, which flows into the Baie-des-Chaleurs, the Patapédia skirts much of the northwestern New Brunswick border.

Patapédia means "river of uneven and capricious currents" in the Mi'kmaq language, so it was long used by the territory's first inhabitants. The One Million Dollar Pool, located at the junction with the Restigouche River, is renowned for its often very high numbers of salmon. In addition, the Patapédia's water flow is irregular, and its lowest water level can be quite low.

However, the Patapédia River enjoys an excellent reputation for salmon fishing, managed by the Corporation de gestion des rivières Matapédia et Patapédia. Although the riverbed is often dark, the water is clear and cold, providing a quality habitat for salmon, which spawn here in numbers ranging from 600 to 1,000 individuals. Fishing is possible by wading, although a canoe is almost always used to move more easily between the 64 pools divided into three fishing sectors, all with restricted access. In sectors 1 and 2, only castillon (or madeleineau) fishing is permitted.

These wilderness waters offer exceptional tranquility for anglers, who also appreciate the superb scenery, marked by steep mountains, and, of course, the quality of the salmon fishing. Note: some 55 kilometers southeast of Causapscal, the Patapédia ecosystem boasts a rare concentration of red oak trees.

Crédit photo : Roadfish 



The annual Patapedia River draw is held on November 1st.

Sector 1 is offered in its entirety in 48-hour draws during the season.

Sector 2 is awarded in full during the pre-season draws in November. Winners (ranks 1 to 43) must reserve 3 consecutive fishing days for 2 people.

Sector 3 is awarded in full during the November preseason draws. Winners (ranks 1 to 22) may reserve a maximum of 4 consecutive or non-consecutive fishing days for 1 to 6 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 Patapedia River prizes, click here.

Services offered

  • Equipment rental

  • Guide

  • Companion


River manager

Corporation de gestion des rivières Matapédia et Patapédia (CGRMP)

Online services

70 kilometers

Type of fishing possible

Wading but canoe for most

Fishing season

June 1st to August 30

Sectors and pools

64 pools in 3 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.

Image | Gaspé peninsula
Image | Gaspé peninsula
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