Rivière à Mars
The Rivière à Mars rises in the Réserve faunique des Laurentides at over 800 meters above sea level and flows 95 kilometers from south to northeast in a turbulent and rugged descent. It runs all the way into the Saguenay Fjord’s Baie des Ha! Ha! after passing through the town of La Baie, in Saguenay. This river has plenty of great pools for salmon and native Saguenay brook trout fishing opportunities. You can mainly wade fish for salmon throughout a wonderful and easily accessible 7 km stretch of water.
The Price Brothers Company managed a private fishing club on the Rivière à Mars from 1894 to 1935. In the 1930s, the building of a dam and the early days of log driving greatly hindered the salmon’s return up until 1952. Following major stocking and development work, including the installation of a salmon fishway, the Rivière à Mars Sport Fishing Association was created in 1983, and the fishery was again re-opened in 1992. The 1996 Saguenay flood which destroyed all the river’s facilities led to further work, such as the installation of a new fishway.
The river has recovered well from this disaster, as today’s annual return numbers range between 200 and 500 salmon—some of which weigh in at over 30 pounds. The Rivière à Mars waters are cool, dark, and tinged with copper. There are five sectors dedicated for salmon fishing in total, two of which have limited access. Here you will be able to walk along a salmon and sea trout observation trail and see an underwater viewpoint of the fish as well.