Sea trout fishing on the Sainte-Marguerite River

Sea trout, just like salmon, reproduce in the river during the fall. However, unlike salmon, trout will migrate between freshwater and marine environments for a period of 2-3 years. Once maturity is reached, the parents return to reproduce in their native rivers.

The Sainte-Marguerite River is the main nursery for sea trout in Saguenay and few people know that it’s possible to regularly catch fish that are 3-5 pounds or even more! Emotions run high when you land a large trout with a small fly at dawn or a huge mouse at dusk.

From June 1st to September 15th, when the first sea trout start to run, you can try to catch the larger specimens who come to spawn in the river. The first trout usually appear at the beginning of July and can be generally found upstream. From September 16th to October 15th, during the second run, the smaller and younger “blue trout” can be found. They measure on average between 10 to 14 inches and are absolutely delicious!

We encourage you to catch and release all spawning trout since the sea trout balance is extremely fragile. The larger trout (14 inches or more) have a significantly higher survival rate compared to the smaller ones. Consequently, they are an invaluable capital for reproduction.

Consult the regulations section for more information.

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