The Saint-Jean-Saguenay River is located on the south-western slope of the Saguenay Fjord. It flows 37.7 km from its source in Lac Brébeuf, in the heart of the Laurentian mountains, to join the fjord at the splendid village of L'Anse-Saint-Jean. Nestled between the mountains that border the Saguenay Fjord, it gives the landscape a highly picturesque appearance.
A background of pebbles and cobbles gives a brown color to the water of the Saint-Jean-Saguenay River, which has 5 sectors, including 2 with draw (15 pools) and 2 public (31 pools), for salmon and sea trout fishing, and sector 5 for brook trout fishing. 10.5 km of river are accessible to salmon fishing, and only wade fishing is practised. In addition, almost all pools are accessible by car.
Salmon fishing on the Saint-Jean-Saguenay River dates back more than a century, to the founding of a private club by Sir William Price. In 1986, an incident linked to the management of the power station built in 1957 almost completely dried up the river, prompting the community to take steps to promote salmon.
In 1994, the Corporation de gestion rivière Saint-Jean-Saguenay was created to manage the salmon fishing zec. Finally, in 1996, the Saguenay flood destroyed facilities and affected several fishing pools, prompting further work.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF ANNUAL DRAWS
The annual draw for the Saint-Jean-Saguenay River takes place on November 1.
For sector 3, 4 out of 6 rods will be dedicated to the winners of the annual draw, while the remaining 2 rods will be made available within 48 hours. Winners (ranks 1 to 180) may reserve a maximum of 2 consecutive or non-consecutive fishing days for 1 or 2 people per day.
For sector 4, 3 out of 5 rods will be dedicated to winners of the annual draw, while the remaining 2 rods will be made available within 48 hours. Winners (ranks 1 to 180) may reserve a maximum of 2 consecutive or non-consecutive fishing days for 1 or 2 people per day.