On the North Shore, 95 kilometers east of Baie-Comeau, the Trinité River ends its 75 km north-south course through the Laurentian Plateaus into the St. Lawrence River, near the village of Baie-Trinité. Each year, between 700 and 800 salmon return to the river.
For much of the 20th century, exclusive fishing rights were held by Domtar and St. Lawrence Paper Mills, two major logging companies. In 1976, as the Domtar company lease came to an end, sport fishing on the river finally became accessible to all anglers in Quebec. Since then, the river has been managed by the Société d’aménagement de Baie-Trinité, an organization formed by members of the community. The river officially became a controlled harvesting zone (ZEC) in 1987. The Trinité River salmon benefit from a fishway and have been the subject of ongoing scientific studies since 1982.
This typical North Shore river flows slowly at first through shallow pools strewn with large boulders until it culminates in a steeper, faster-flowing portion. Accordingly, the Trinité has several deep pools and fast rapids. In total, the river has 52 pools, all measuring 30 meters long or less, divided into two sectors, one with and one without limited access. You will only need to be wade fishing on the Trinité. You can easily get to the river via Route 138 and another secondary road.
Aside from Atlantic salmon, you will also find sea trout on the Trinité River. The ZEC provides fully serviced campsites, chalets, and boat rentals.