Fishing the


One of the best fishing experiences in the Saguenay

In brief


Rising at an altitude of over 800 metres in the Réserve faunique des Laurentides, the Rivière-à-Mars flows for 95 kilometers from south to northeast, in a tumultuous and rugged descent. It flows into Baie-des-Ha!-Ha! of the Saguenay Fjord after crossing the borough of La Baie, in Saguenay. The river offers a multitude of pools for salmon and trout fishing (anadromous Saguenay brook trout). Salmon fishing is practiced by wading, mainly on the 7 kilometers of river that are most easily accessible.

From 1894 to 1935, Price Brothers operated a private fishing club on the Rivière-à-Mars. In 1930, the construction of a dam limited access to salmon and allowed timber to be floated until 1952. Following major seeding and development work, including the creation of a salmon fishway, the Association des pêcheurs sportifs de la Rivière-à-Mars was formed in 1983, and fishing reopened in 1992. In 1996, the Saguenay flood destroyed all the river's facilities, prompting further work, including the creation of a new fish pass.

The river has recovered well from this catastrophe, as evidenced by annual runs of 200 to 500 salmon, some reaching over 13 kilograms. The waters of Rivière-à-Mars are cool and slightly dark, tinted towards copper. For salmon fishing, there are five sectors, two of which have restricted access. There's also a salmon and sea trout interpretation trail and an underwater observation window.

Services offered

  • Camping

  • Equipment rental

  • Guide

  • Companion


River manager

Contact Nature Rivière-à-Mars


20 kilometers open for fishing

Type of fishing possible


Fishing season

June 1st to September 15 (October 15 for brook trout)

Sectors and pools

92 pools for salmon and sea trout fishing, depending on sector, with draw and public sectors

Daily catch limit per angler


Carte - Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean

Access to the region

Route 175 is the main road link between Saguenay and Lac-Saint-Jean and the rest of Quebec. The region is also accessible by air, rail and sea.

Majestic scenery

Four salmon rivers, sometimes fast-moving, sometimes slow-flowing, run alongside the rugged mountains of the majestic Saguenay Fjord and through picturesque villages. These majestic waterways criss-cross valleys in the heart of breathtaking scenery and are easily accessible, as they are never far from towns and regional tourist destinations.

The water features ochre, red earth and brown reflections, and offers varied fishing conditions from river to river. Beginners can try their hand at wading in low-flow areas, ideal for an introductory fly fishing day. As for initiates and experienced anglers, they'll need a good dose of daring to tackle the salmon in sectors where the water is livelier.

Some of the region's rivers are renowned for anadromous brook trout fishing. Anglers will also appreciate Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean's wide range of tourist attractions, from accommodations and fine dining to activities such as marine mammal watching.

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