Salmon fishing within a few minutes of a downtown area, such is what the Rimouski River has to offer. Its headwaters are found in the Notre-Dame Mountains of New Brunswick. From there, the river flows northward into the Quebec border where it meets Lake Rimouski a little bit further to the northeast. The Rimouski River finally flows into the St. Lawrence after passing through the town of Rimouski. Salmon generally hold in the lower part of the river.
Once occupied by the Mi’kmaq people, the Rimouski River went through a logging period at the time when the Price Brothers and Company exercised a virtual monopoly on the resource. Until the mid-1960s, salmon could only swim 4.3 kilometers upriver, which led to developments designed to increase the salmon population. Established as a controlled harvesting zone (ZEC) in 1993, the fishery is now managed by the Zec Saumon Rimouski.
This river will appeal to anglers who like to discover an exceptional variety of landscapes in the vicinity of an urban center. The Rimouski River features tidal waters, steep cliffs and slopes, pastoral scenes, and wild terrain within the very heart of the city of Rimouski. There are six sectors on the river, only one of which is private. From Grand Falls Gorge down to the mouth of the river, there are 61 pools spread along 28 kilometers, including 48 that have public access.