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duotone66 02-23-2003 01:58 PM

Gaspe Fishing in June
Hello all,
I've a question about the Gaspe and its rivers .I need to know if there is camping around or cheap rooms.I cant afford much as Im just a poor fishing guide.Im going June 1st thru the 7th is there any advice on rivers to fish or sectors?
Any advice will help.

JR SPEY 02-24-2003 06:55 AM

Dear Pete,

There are lots of cheap rooms and at least a few campgrounds near all the rivers that have ZEC water. Those are almost the exact dates that we fished the Gaspe last year. We went all the way east and fished the York and Dartmouth. If you stay in Gaspe (the town) both the Motel Adams and Motel Fort Ramsey have rooms that are quite comfortable and reasonable. In addition, Fort Ramsey has a small campground right there. It is better suited for trailers or motorhomes, but there are a few sites that would work with a tent. The runs were quite late last year so none of the three of us ever saw a fish during those dates. However, both the York and Dartmouth, as well as the Ste Jean (though less so) are considered to be early rivers. Your other option that I'm familliar with would be to head to the Matapedia and stay with Peter Dube at the Motel Restigouche.

Maybe others can help you with some of the other rivers. All I know is that fishing is often better later in the month or in July on many of the other Gaspe rivers.

wrke 02-24-2003 08:22 AM

As JR said, last year the runs were very late on the Gaspé. I don't have personal experience with the "earlier" rivers, but the ones I fish (Grand and Petite Cascapedia, plus the Bonaventure) don't normally get going until much later in the month. Prime times are late June and into July.

LadyAmherst 03-06-2003 11:59 AM

Hi from Gaspé!
I can certainly help you.
Yes, There are campgrounds right in town and Motels.
As for fishing, excellent waters are still available in early June.
Send me a note, I can help you to select your waters and lodging.
Our runs start to enter the rivers in mid-May......
First runs are the "big" salmon.....!!!!



Rimouskois 03-26-2003 09:37 AM

Gaspésie in June
The bulk of the run in most Gaspésie rivers is later than June. A notable exception is the Causapscal which has an early run of big fish. It will cost you a fortune to fish it though, providing there is some space left. The Matapédia will cost less but it is a big river and rarely fished from other than a boat. There is a good chance of getting some big sea-run brook trout in June though. Try the previously suggested rivers for that (Dartmouth, York, Cascapédia).


Topher Browne 03-26-2003 10:41 AM


As Rimouskois correctly indicated, the bulk of the run on the Gaspe' is (usually) in late June and early July.

Nonetheless, some rivers experience a superb early run: the Restigouche, Cascapedia, and the York are good examples. Although the fish are fewer and further between, they make up in size for what they may lack in numbers.

On the York in the 1st week of June, try "Petit Saumon"and "Baillargeon" in Zone 1 (Unlimited Sector); both very productive high-water pools.

In Zone 3 (reservation required), "Mississippi" and "Bluff" are outstanding during the early season.

In Zone 4 (reservation required), try "Still," another superb pool in high water. At that time of the year, the fish are usually found in the tail of the pool.

I will be on the York during your visit. I'll see you either at Tim Horton's for the pre-fish cup o' joe or on the river.

Best regards,


juro 03-30-2003 06:15 PM

I can't wait to visit the Gaspe'! This year is the year. Topher if you see me hiding in the back of your vehicle on your way up to start your guiding season up there don't be alarmed! ;)

I will find my own ride back... or I may never come back! Looks like heaven up there.

wrke 03-30-2003 06:18 PM

Tis a piece of heaven. BTW, looking forward to seeing you next weekend.

LadyAmherst 03-30-2003 06:31 PM

Hey Topher,
Do we still get a free Tim's if we ride with you??? If so, I will be down the road, rod and all waiting for you....Milk and 2 sugars please!!
Snowing here tonight!! Echhhh!!!

62 jours et nous sommes à l'eau!!!

Topher Browne 03-30-2003 11:30 PM


My guiding days on the Gaspe' are over: I now have more fishing time! We'll talk soon about getting you into your first salmon on the Gaspe'.

Lady Amherst,

Also snowing here in Maine. Here on the coast, it will probably amount to what farmers call "poor man's fertilizer," in other words, not much. They are predicting up to 10" in the mountains.

I don't care: the rivers have returned to a liquid state, and now provide a proper anchor for what Simon G. would call "an angry belly." My bellies are very angry, indeed, at the end of such a long winter!

Coffee's on me.........


juro 03-31-2003 06:12 AM

Topher -

I anticipate this like a kid at Christmas, I have dreamed of going to the Gaspe' for many years. Maybe we could time things so that some of our spey bro's from the PNW are visiting as well, or maybe even Nobuo-san.

If you consider it a fair trade, I would like to host you on my home flats for the striped ghosts of the summer sands for pulling you out of retirement just for a short time to get me tuned into the river up north.

It would also be great to time a trip out west so you can meet Dana, Kush, and the whole wild and crazy northwest gang to greaseline for summer runs and chase feeding ocean coho on the coast in the fall if that doesn't pull you off your home rivers at a prime time (fall).

In any case, it's going to be a great season!

Smolt 03-31-2003 01:27 PM


Does your enthusiastic anticipation of the upcoming fishing season translate to baseball? If so, you sound like a Red Sox fan, or even worse, a Cubs fan.

Hope springs eternal and sometimes our prayers are answered.

The Gaspe' is a beautiful place to fish and I am sure you will more than enjoy yourself.

Tight lines and singing reels.

juro 03-31-2003 01:33 PM

#1 - Seattle Mariners fan
#2 - Bosox fan
#3 - there is no #3 :devil:

Seriously, I love all the teams who play their hearts out - the Angels for instance, or many others who are definitely in it for the game itself.

On the topic of great Chicago teams, what was the name of the movie about Shoeless Joe Jackson and the big conspiracy? I just saw it on a wee hours insomniac channel on cable and want to get the DVD.

D3Smartie 03-31-2003 02:02 PM


juro 03-31-2003 03:32 PM

Thanks, that's it for sure. Good flick, I didn't catch all of it nodding in and out, will pick it up for home viewing.

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