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General Presentation

Presently, the Aux Rochers River is considered on of Québec's great salmon river, but it was not always so. In 1921, a dam was built on the river, which made it impossible for salmon to make their way upstream. This added human insult to physical injury, since the river had actually been unable to support an important salmon population due to natural obstacles located in the lower reaches of the river (one impassable and several barely passable waterfalls). Starting in the early 1960s, agencies of the Quebec government engaged in significant salmon stocking and built a salmon trap to transport spawning fish upstream of the main obstacles. These efforts have since resulted in a considerable increase in the salmon stocks and, consequently, the river was re-opened to sports fishing in 1982. The Aux Rochers runs through the entire Port-Cartier / Sept-Îles wildlife reserve and flows right into the town of Port-Cartier before emptying into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It is an extremely swift river.



Although the Aux Rochers River runs through a wildlife reserve, it is managed by the Association de protection de la rivière aux Rochers under contract by the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (SÉPAQ). The river is divided into five sectors. All sectors except sectors 2 and 5 are available for fishing by an unlimited number of rods. Sector 2 is comprised of 12 pools, spread out from the Boulevard des Îles to the dams in the center of town. Being available to a limited number of rods only, this sector provides excellent fishing in spectacular surroundings.



Wade fishing is the norm in sector 2 and access is provided by short footpaths to the river. Sector 4, 6 and 7 are open water, with 20 pools in sector 4, 19 in sector 6 and 5 in sector 7. Over the last 20 years, the Aux Rochers has earned a reputation as a river that salmon anglers must fish sooner or later.



As an added bonus, anglers can visit the new pavilion that was built in 1998, which houses a salmon interpretation centre and the salmon trap used to transport the salmon upstream.

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As far back as can be remembered, the Atlantic salmon occupied only the first 8 km of the Aux Rochers River. The construction of a dam in 1921 for purposes of the region's burgeoning forestry industry, restricted the salmon to only the first km from the river's mouth, further limiting their spawning and nursery grounds. From 1922 to 1963, log drives continued to predominate on the river.



Recreational fishing, which was marginal at the time, was completely interrupted in 1971. The MLCP (now known as the MEF), set out to restore the river's salmon population, building a salmon trap to facilitate transporting the salmon upstream, along with an intensive, long-term river seeding program carried out until the river was reopened to sportsfishing in 1982. Since then, exploitation of the salmon is controlled and geared towards optimum development of the population.


Check out this small video of this river


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Jocelin, the river looks amazing and much larger than I supposed. Are there any catch statistics published by the authorities?

Your posts certainly makes me want to jet over next year and explore these wonders!

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Jocelin, the river looks amazing and much larger than I supposed. Are there any catch statistics published by the authorities?

Your posts certainly makes me want to jet over next year and explore these wonders!

Many thanks

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Here you go collin

The average run is around 900 fish (in 2008 1500 salmon came up the counting cage)

here is a link https://www.saumonquebec.com/TheRive...s/default.aspx

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