Matapedia River Lodge
Atlantic Salmon Fly fishing
The Matapedia river is an early river and very popular with fishing enthusiasts.
Considered the most productive river in the province, the salmon will appear in the Matapedia estuary in mid-may.
Most of these salmon, generally large females of considerable size, will head directly into the Causapscal River the main tridutary of the Matapedia until the end of june, then males will join them until mid-july. Meanwhile, the Matapedia strain will appear in late june.
The Matapedia Atlantic salmon strain apear in mid june and are found in many pools and the water level can be medium to very high.
These salmon are coin bright and quite big; 18 to 30 pounds and more!
When the major run arrives in the beginning of July in the Matapedia, you can expect salmon of 10 to 22 pounds. Later in mid-July, grilse of 4 to 8 pounds will appear, but it is not surprising to see them at the end of June and beginning of July.
Big flies are the thing at the beginning of the season and as the season advances smaller ones and dry flies are needed. We recommend single hook for easy catch and release.
Thereafter, depending on the waters levels, the months of August and September can be quite exciting when the late salmons appear in the river. These months are excellent for dry fly fishing.
Most of the pools upstream are full with many salmon of different sizes and a few monsters…just for you!
The Matapedia is not only recognized as one of the best Salmon rivers in the province of Québec, but throughout the world for its wild Atlantic salmon.Either with or without a guide services, this river is very accessible.
River Access Rights
The river is managed by the CGRMP and it is very accessible, all the pools above Brown’s have unlimited public access until the Les Fourches pool, 28km up-stream. There are also many pools downstream, in Saint-Alexis and in the village of Matapédia that you can fish.
The only draw for public water is 72 hrs prior to fishing for the upper and lower section of pool # 6 Haley’s situated in sector #1. This pool fishes well with a two handed rod or by canoe.
To simplify your experience, we will take care of putting your names in the draws.
To take your papers at the right reception center after the purchase of your access rights and permitted by telephone from the CGRMP, please mention from where you will be arriving.
Arrival by the 132 via Rimouski, Mont-Joli, Communicate with the CGRMP office of Causapscal
462 St-Jacques Nord, Causapscal G0J 1J0
Telephone : 1-888-730-6174 (toll free)
Telephone : (418) 756-6174
Arrival by the 132 via the Baie-des-Chaleurs, NB and Maine
Communicate with the CGRMP office of Matapédia, located on the 132 at the entrance of the village.
Phone (418) 865-2080 (Matapedia office) (in season)
Fax.: (418) 756-6067
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You will also find a great population of anadromous trout (see run brook trout) and indigenous brook trout (salvelinus fontinalis) in the Matapedia river.
In the river, you can catch these trout from June 1st until the end of september with a salmon license. These trout weigh between 1½ to 3 pounds but don't be surprised if you catch larger ones.
Lake Matapedia's Trout
The Matapedia lake is located in the center of the valley and formed by the Appalachian mountains in the (Monts Notre-Dame) section. The lake has a total length of 19km a between the municipalities of Sayabec and Amqui in the La Matapédia MRC. The width is 3km and covers an area of 38km².
The lake origins are from the glacial era. The Matapedia river is the principal effluent of the lake and drains into the Restigouche river in Matapedia then in the baie des chaleurs in Dalhousie, NB.
We find many species of fish which speckled trout and lake trout, touladi (Saiveïmus namaycush) are the most seeked for. Season is from may 2nd to september 1st.
Catch and Release
Catch and release is popular among salmon anglers and essential to the species wellbeing.
All salmon 63cm and more will have to be released. This mesure will be re-evaluated in the mid-season on each rivers.
If the salmon evaluation of july determines that there is enought salmon for spawning in the river, at that time, it will be authorised to keep salmon, if not, cacht and release will continue until the end of the season.
You can release a maximum of 2 salmon per day even with a catch and release license. On many rivers, catch and release is obligatory. Releasing large females will ensure a stable and growing fish population for the future.
Catch and release must be practice with care; use only barbless single hooks. Your guide will explain you the right method to not injure the salmon
Please protect our natural resources and the wild salmon
Report any act of poaching to :
- Wildlife conservation officer,
- River assistant,
- S.O.S Poaching 1 800 463-2191