Fishing thee

Godbout River

A benchmark for Quebec salmon anglers

In brief

Godbout River

The Godbout River originates at Lake Amariton and is fed by several streams along its 112 kilometre course. Punctuated by numerous rapids and seven impressive waterfalls, it crosses the Manicouagan territory in a south-easterly direction, through spectacular landscapes of wild boreal forest wedged between rocky escarpments. It finally empties into the St-Laurent near the village of Godbout, 54 kilometers east of Baie-Comeau.

The Innu called the Godbout River Uauiapukut, meaning "swirling river". At the time of New France, it was renamed in honor of explorer Nicolas Godbout. Coureurs des bois sold their furs, particularly sea bass, at a trading post on the river. Legendary fisherman, trapper and naturalist Napoléon-Alexandre Comeau is said to have caught 57 salmon on the river on July 9, 1874. In 1980, some 70 kilometers of the river became a zec, managed today by the Comité de protection de la rivière Godbout.

The Godbout River is shallow. The water is clear, the flow medium and the bed dark. In many places, you can admire the salmon leap, whose course is often rugged. A forest road running parallel to the river provides easy access. There are over 50 pools in 3 sectors.



This particular sector is offered by draw only. It stretches from the Route 138 bridge for 3 kilometers through a long canyon. Fishing in this sector is wading or by boat, and a guide is mandatory. Fishing hours are from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., or from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., depending on the availability that the private club allows to the Comité de Protection de la Rivière Godbout. The sector is open from June 1 to the end of July, depending on water levels.



The annual Godbout River draw takes place on November 1st.

For the Cap-Nord sector, all the rods will be dedicated to the winners of the annual draw. Winners will be able to reserve 4 poles for distribution as they wish.

For more information on the draws, click here.
To see detailed prizes for the Godbout River, click here.

Services offered

  • Camping

  • Equipment rental

  • Guide

  • Companion

  • Bathrooms

  • Lodging

  • Ready-to-camp (NATURE tents)


River manager

Comité de Protection de la Rivière Godbout

Online services

45 kilometers open for fishing

Type of fishing possible

Wading only in public sector

Fishing season

June 1st to September 15

Sectors and pools

50 pools in 3 sectors, including 2 with restricted access and 1 public

Daily catch limit per angler

North-Shore Manicouagan

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Access to the region

The main access route to the towns along the Manicouagan region's coastline is Route 138, also known as the Whale Route, which runs east along the St-Laurent for some 300 kilometers. Route 172, along the Saguenay Fjord, takes you to Sacré-Coeur, the last stop in the region. You can get there by ferry from the south shore of the St-Laurent, by bus or by train.

Magnificent nature

Four rivers flow through a region bathed by thousands of streams and covered by dense forests. The water of these salmon rivers is pure and cold, much to the delight of anglers, who find in the Manicouagan region a queen of nature and rivers brimming with fish and energy. The latter are easily accessible via forestry roads that run parallel to most of the rivers or follow their course.

The water in Manicouagan's salmon rivers is generally amber, flowing through deeply incised valleys surrounded by mountains offering breathtaking panoramas. Flow is often rapid and changeable, sometimes fluctuating significantly after heavy rainfall.

In the most turbulent parts of the current, Atlantic salmon are a guarantee of prowess for anglers. These waters are also home to salmonid cousins such as the anadromous brook trout (sea trout), which promise good catches for anglers. For all these reasons, Manicouagan combines a great wilderness adventure with top-quality fishing, in a calm and enchanting territory.

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