Fishing the

Rimouski River

in the heart of downtown!

In brief

Rimouski River

Salmon fishing just minutes from downtown Rimouski - that's what the Rimouski River has to offer. Rising in the Notre-Dame Mountains of New Brunswick, it flows northward across the Quebec border. It then flows northeast to Lake Rimouski before arriving at the city of the same name, where it empties into the St-Laurent. Salmon can be found downstream on 28 of the 113 kilometers of the river.

Once frequented by the Micmacs, the Rimouski River has been marked by logging, for which Price Brothers and Company had a virtual monopoly for many years. Until the mid-1960s, only 4.3 kilometers of the river were accessible to salmon, which led to the development of a number of facilities to increase the species' population. Established as a controlled harvesting zone in 1993, the fishing territories are now managed by Zec Saumon Rimouski.

This waterway will appeal to anglers who enjoy discovering an exceptional variety of landscapes, all within easy reach of an urban center. Along its course, the Rimouski offers tide-influenced fishing areas, wilderness within the city of Rimouski, and steep cliffs and slopes alternating with less rugged areas. The river has six fishing sectors, one of which is privately owned. From the mouth of the river to the Grand Sault waterfall, there are 61 pools spread over 28 kilometers, 48 of which are accessible to anglers.

Services offered

  • Equipment rental


River manager

Zec Saumon Rimouski


28 kilometers open for fishing

Type of fishing possible


Fishing season

June 15 to September 30

Sectors and pools

More than 48 pools in 5 sectors

Daily catch limit per angler

Lower St.Lawrence

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Access to the region

The Bas-Saint-Laurent region is accessible via several major highways, including Highway 20 and routes 132, 185 and 232. Ferry services are also available between municipalities on the North Shore and the south shore of the St-Laurent. Finally, the Bas-Saint-Laurent region can be reached by bus and train from many of Quebec's major centers, as far as the Mont-Joli airport.

Waters of priceless beauty

Three easily accessible, tea-colored rivers, always close to a municipality, flow through splendid rural or forested landscapes, with steep gradients. Welcome to the Bas-Saint-Laurent, east of Quebec City, on the south shore of the St-Laurent.

While each of these salmon rivers has its own characteristics, what they have in common is their accessibility, since they are located in an area well served by the road network and close to well-known tourist destinations. So you can measure yourself against the salmon in superb surroundings, then head back to your town or village with ease. The water in the rivers of the Bas-Saint-Laurent region has a reddish-brown earthy sheen, with the deep green of the conifers shimmering on top, while in many places it is crystal-clear. Because of the gradients, these rivers have a contrasting, steep and attractive profile. Waterfalls, rapids and deeper areas alternate to test the salmon's powerful vitality. Numerous pools, dotted along well-maintained trails, offer fine fishing grounds for anglers to enjoy.

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