Fishing the

Washicoutai River

In brief

Washicoutai River

The 103-kilometre-long Washicoutai River flows into the Gulf of St. Lawrence 13 kilometers from the village of La Romaine. Wide at its mouth, narrowing several times along the way, it is made up of a succession of large lakes, some up to 30 metres deep. It drains a watershed of over 1,500 square kilometers. Its estuary, dotted with islands and islets, provides refuge for a wide variety of seabirds.

Like many Côte-Nord rivers, the Washicoutai is blocked by an imposing downstream waterfall. In the Innu language, its name means "overhanging the bay", in reference to this abrupt drop in elevation.

The four-kilometre-long salmon run is managed by the Pourvoirie de la Rivière Washicoutai, which holds the exclusive rights. Salmon up to five kilos in average weight can be fished by wading or boat, as well as Arctic char, speckled trout, landlocked salmon and anadromous brook trout. During a stay in this pristine environment, you'll also come across the region's characteristic terrestrial wildlife, including bear, wolf and moose.


River manager

Pourvoirie de la Rivière Washicoutai


A couple of kilometers open for fishing

Type of fishing possible

Wading or by canoe

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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