Fishing the

Saint-Jean River

In brief

Saint-Jean River

At the south-western edge of Labrador, the Laurentian plateau gives rise to the Saint-Jean River, at an altitude of some 500 metres. Flowing through mountainous territory for 240 kilometers, it empties into the Gulf of St. Lawrence at the small village of Rivière-Saint-Jean, 160 kilometers east of Sept-Îles, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River. Salmon fishing can be done by canoe or by wading over 27 kilometers. Each season, runs can reach 6,000 salmon weighing from 4 to 10 kilos.

Sport fishing for the king of the waters in the Saint John River dates back more than 150 years. In 1903, an American, James J. Hill, purchased the riverbed and a small strip of land, which Mr. Hill's descendants still own. In addition, salmon fishing in the upstream section was exploited by other Americans from the 1960s onwards. In 1986, the Quebec government entrusted this 23-kilometre territory to the Pourvoirie de la Haute-Saint-Jean. The Association de protection de la rivière Saint-Jean, a non-profit organization made up of residents of Rivière-Saint-Jean, manages the outfitter (with exclusive rights) and the sport fishing that takes place there.

Access to the various fishing areas and lodges on the Rivière St-Jean is by motorized canoe. From the village of Rivière-Saint-Jean, you travel by motorized canoe with a guide to one of the three lodges located upstream from the mouth of the river, which is navigable for the first 50 km. Salmon anglers will find some 55 pools in waters with sometimes powerful flows, spread across the 3 sectors with exclusive fishing rights. The river offers anglers exceptional fishing quality. In some sectors, several salmon weighing over 10 kilos have been recorded in recent years. The river also offers a public sector, between the bridge and the mouth, where you can fish with a salmon fishing permit in season.


River manager

Association de protection de la rivière Saint-Jean et la Pourvoirie de la Haute Saint-Jean enr.


27 kilometers

Type of fishing possible

Wading or by canoe

Fishing season

Mid-June to mid-August

Sectors and pools

3 exclusive-rights fishing areas: Pavillon Saint-Jean (20 km from the river mouth, about 1 hour 15 minutes by canoe), Pavillon Grosses-Roches (10 km from Pavillon Saint-Jean) and Pavillon des Chutes (16 km from Pavillon Saint-Jean, about 2 hours 30 minutes by canoe).

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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