Fishing the

Three Pabos Rivers

In brief

Three Pabos Rivers

The name Pabos comes from the native word Pabog, meaning "still waters". These three rivers, Little Pabos, Grand Pabos North River and Grand Pabos West River, gradually descend from their source in the Gaspé highlands, winding their way through the wilderness before emptying into the Gulf of St-Laurent between the villages of Grande-Rivière and Pabos. They total 140 kilometers, 50 of which are open to salmon fishing. What these splendid rivers have in common is their crystal-clear fresh or cold waters, and a history marked by successful efforts to preserve and rebuild the Atlantic salmon population.

Over the centuries, these rivers have fed generations of natives, enriched industrial fisheries and attracted recreational anglers, while runs of over 1,500 salmon were commonplace. However, the species almost disappeared from these rivers at the end of the 20th century. This led to the closure of the Pabos to salmon fishing in 1984, followed by years of hard work to rebuild the salmon population, supported by the Salmon Economic Development Plan, the community and the "Regroupement pour la restauration des trois rivières Pabos". The result: salmon weighing from 2 to 15 kilograms can now be found in these rivers.

The three Pabos rivers offer salmon anglers a total of 11 fishing sectors, 5 of them with restricted access and all accessible by footpath, and 91 pools. In addition to Atlantic salmon, sea trout weighing from 1.4 to 2.7 kilograms are among the most common species found in the three Pabos rivers.

Services offered

  • Equipment rental

  • Guide

  • Cottage

  • Companion



50 kilometers open to fishing: Grand Pabos North for 20 kilometers, Grand Pabos West for 10 kilometers and Petit Pabos for 20 kilometers.

Type of fishing possible

Mainly wading

Fishing season

June 15 to September 30

Sectors and pools

91 pools in 11 fishing sectors - Petit Pabos with 7 sectors (3 draw and 4 public), Grand Pabos with 2 sectors (1 draw and 1 public) and Grand Pabos Nord with 2 sectors (1 draw and 1 public).

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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