The 2011 season is off with a BANG!
Salmon started coming in as usual in mid June and it just keeps getting better. Water levels are prefect. Light rain over the past few days has kept levels up and the river is running cool and clear!
Situated in the Saguenay region of Quebec, the Ste-Marguerite River is about 530 km from Montreal, 260 km from Quebec City or 108 km from Chicoutimi. Running 100km along the Ste-Marguerite river valley, it has it’s head waters in the Valin mountains and empties out into the Saguenay Fjord.
The Ste-Marguerite is an Atlantic salmon river (Salmo Salar) dating back before 1834. A viable sport fishery has been in place ever since 1860 when the river was “owned” by a private company. Say what one might about the old “fishing clubs”, today, now that the clubs have been disbanded by the government, these waters are some of the best in Canada, thanks in some aspects, to the conservation efforts that were initiated during the club era.
The river is an easy river to fish. 95% of anglers wade and a few drift in canoes. Not a large river for an Atlantic salmon run, most lies are easily fished with short to moderate casts (between 30-60 ft). As the river has a normal water level in a respectable range, sinking tips, lines and leaders are frowned upon by game wardens and guides alike. Also, as it is a salmon river, all lead, metal etc is illegal on the fly and/or line (such as Moser sinking leaders). Multiple fly rigs are also banned.
If you would like to know more about my home waters, drop me a note.
Submitted by: Christopher Chin