Fishing the

Saint-Jean-Saguenay River

An unforgettable experience!

In brief

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Saint-Jean-Saguenay River

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.

Services offered

  • Equipment rental

  • Companion


The manager of the river

Corporation de gestion de la rivière Saint-Jean-Saguenay


10 kilometers open to salmon and sea trout fishing

Type of fishing possible


Fishing season

June 15 to September 15

Sectors and pools

52 pools in 5 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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