The Salmon Lodge sits on the banks of the world-famous Grand Cascapedia and offers you the best chances of catching Atlantic Salmon in Québec’s famous Gaspé Peninsula. One advantage of this lodge is the access to three famous rivers offering you the opportunity of some huge fish over 40lb while fishing in the middle of exceptional scenery.
Ideally situated in the heart of Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula, located on the doorstep of the some of the finest and most renowned Atlantic Salmon rivers in the province, you will find Salmon Lodge perched high on an 80-foot bluff overlooking the majestic Grand Cascapedia River. Salmon Lodge has graced the banks of the Grand Cascapedia river for over a century.
Salmon Lodge provides you with the opportunity to fish three of the Gaspe Peninsula’s best and clearest Atlantic Salmon rivers. The Grand Cascapedia carries with it the name, the history and typically the biggest fish on the Gaspe. However, the quality and variety of fishing on the Petite and Bonaventure are an easy equal. Although it is not possible to specify exactly where and which rivers you will fish on a typical week the variety of water available to the lodge and conditions are typically a huge asset in ensuring you will encounter good fishing.
No other Salmon river in North America conjures up the amount of the Atlantic Salmon better than the Grand Cascapedia. The river source is in the Chic-Choc mountain range and battles its way downriver, in and around spruce and alder forests, to the Bay of Chaleurs, a distance of approx. 70 miles. The river is split into 7 sectors and Salmon Lodge has access to a sector as well as the lake and Salmon branches. Typically the Cascapedia carries a slight tea colour reflecting its drainage area and usually has a good volume of water with well-defined pools.
With one of the strongest runs of Salmon of all the Gaspe rivers, the Bonaventure is a magnificent Salmon river. What really makes this river stand out is its almost unparalleled water clarity, making it a river running gin-clear all season where it is possible to spot fish wherever you stop. The ability to see Salmon in such clarity is exciting while at the same time frustrating as you try to outwit the Salmon. With one of the strongest runs of Salmon of all the Gaspe rivers.
The Petite Cascapedia is one of the most intimate rivers on the Gaspe, although it maintains a run of Salmon in the 30-40lb range, comparable with those of the Grand Cascapedia. It is best fished with a single or a short double-handed rod. On the restricted sector, rods are limited to 8 per day and access to the pools are by canoe. This in itself is an unmissable way to fish and see the length of the river.
The fishing starts to form early June and runs through to the end of September. Salmon start to enter the rivers in late May and good numbers of fish are in the river by early June when the lodge opens. Mid-June-July are considered prime weeks although good water conditions will always dictate prospects and with the Bonaventure and Petit Cascapedia running colder than would be normal fishing can remain good throughout the season. July August and Sept are the best months to fish with a dry fly.
Fishing is done either by wading or from our traditional 26 foot river canoes. Early season can be a combination of both while later in the season our pools are better fished by wading or relax during a float trip down miles of pristine river where you will experience not only great fishing along the way but the breathtaking scenery this area is famous for.
Guiding is based on 2 customers to 1 full-time guide. All guides speak excellent English and are all professional Salmon anglers and love nothing more than helping you catch the fish of your dreams. In our experience, all the lodge guides have always pushed that extra mile to get you fish.
Although fly fishing for Atlantic salmon is the main activity the lodge can help with non-fishing activities for the non-fishing guest. There is everything from hiking, birding and biking. Hiking and mountain bike trails are located within a half mile from the Lodge and mountain bikes are available. For golfers, there is also within ten minutes from a wonderful 18 hole, par 72 golf course.