Fishing the

Natashquan River

In brief

Natashquan River

The colossal 378 kilometer long Natashquan River is fed by some 30 tributaries and drains an immense watershed of over 16,000 square kilometers. Its average flow is around 400 cubic meters per second, making it a river of rare power.

Its original Innu name, Nutahquaniu Hipu, means "river where the black bear is hunted". The gradient of this splendid river is generally gentle, and its last 18 kilometers form a wide estuary dotted with sandbanks. All along its course, very rugged sections alternate with calm waters where you can appreciate its considerable size.

The Natashquan River has been a renowned salmon river since the 18th century, but sport fishing took off in the early 1870s. Several private clubs and outfitters followed in its wake. In 1984, the first 48 kilometers of the river were ceded to the Natashquan Band Council, which founded Hipou Outfitters to manage sport fishing on a section of the river stretching from kilometer 14 to kilometer 42. Fishing is by wade or boat. The salmon that swim up its dark waters, punctuated by several impressive waterfalls, have an average weight of around three kilos, and it's not uncommon to catch specimens weighing over nine kilos. Some 30 pools are spread over three fishing sectors.


River manager

Pourvoirie Hipou - Conseil des Montagnais de Natashquan


28 kilometers open for fishing

Type of fishing possible

Wading or by boat

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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