Fishing the

Gros Mécatina River

In brief

Gros Mécatina River

The Gros Mecatina River rises in Lac Boucher and flows southeastward into the Gulf of St-Laurent, west of Baie des Moutons and the village of Mutton Bay. The river, some 50 km long, is criss-crossed by numerous lakes, giving it an ever-changing, meandering physiognomy and a formidable diversity of panoramas. The hills in the immediate hinterland of the village of Mutton Bay rise to almost 270 metres. The word "mecatina" means "big mountain" in the Innu language.

Commercial fishing on the Gros Mecatina River dates back to 1749. Even then, the area was renowned for the number, quality and strength of its brook trout and salmon. The fish, numerous and combative, swim up the river to a large waterfall located approximately 20 kilometers from the mouth.

Today, Mécatina Outfitters has exclusive fishing rights from the mouth to this impassable obstacle. Twenty or so pools, located at very short distances from each other, line the river and allow wading on a sand-free rocky bed. Around 20% of the salmon caught are over 2.7 kilograms in weight. The first catches are made in early July, and the season can continue until September. Anglers will enjoy the peace and generosity of a place suspended in time.


River manager

Pourvoirie Mécatina


30 kilometers open for fishing

Type of fishing possible

Fishing season

Sectors and pools

Daily catch limit per angler

North-Shore Duplessis and Anticosti Island

Carte - North-Shore Duplessis and Anticosti Island

Access to the region

Duplessis: The main highway, Route 138, runs along the St-Laurent, crossing a dozen municipalities as far as Natashquan. The northern hinterland, where the towns of Fermont and Scherfferville are located, is accessible by road from Baie-Comeau and by train from Sept-Îles. Finally, the Basse Côte-Nord region can be reached by boat or plane.

Anticosti: accessible by boat or plane.


Nature at its best

Twenty-seven monumental rivers await you in this vast territory, where nature is grandiose, generous and wild, with salmon renowned for their fighting spirit!

This immense territory includes Duplessis and the paradise island of Anticosti.

In Duplessis, as you travel east along the St-Laurent, you can observe the transformation of the landscape: black spruce hills, peat bogs and marshes gradually give way to sparse vegetation. Everywhere, nature reigns supreme, vast and untamed, pleasing in its ruggedness.

The rivers of the Duplessis region are often majestic in their beauty, flowing through deep valleys that almost always lead to small villages clinging to the coast. Near the coast, their waters have the typical color of fossil resin, while on

In Anticosti, in the middle of the Gulf of St-Laurent, the clarity of the river water is striking. In keeping with this wild environment, North Shore salmon are renowned for their fighting spirit.

Image | North-Shore Duplessis and Anticosti Island
Image | North-Shore Duplessis and Anticosti Island
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