Eastern Canada offers a diversity of fisheries for Atlantic salmon and trophy brook trout. We have traveled and fished throughout Eastern Canada for over 25 years and have assembled a list of what we feel are among the very best lodges on the best fisheries.

Red Pine Mountain Lodge is situated approximately 30 miles upstream from Campbellton, New Brunswick on one of the world's most renowned big salmon rivers, the Restigouche. 

The rivers' unique strain of wild salmon, known for their exceptional fighting ability, often reach weights of 30 pounds, and several fish estimated at over 60 pounds have been released in recent years.

Salmon begin entering the river in late May and the average weight for June fish in recent years is well over 18 pounds with better than 10% over 30 pounds. June is for trophy seekers. It is a quality, not quantity fishery when a good week's catch rate may be 3 - 5 large fish per rod. The grilse run usually begins the last week of June and is in full swing by the second week of July. The catch rate can increase to 1 fish per rod day or better with the grilse to salmon ratio increasing to 3-1 or 4-1 by month's end. By August, most of the catch is grilse but large fish show up in the catch as well, and small runs of fresh, late run fish, 10-20 pounds are possible, particularly after a rise of water.

Fishing at Red Pine is in the traditional Gaspe manner from 26-foot canoes, each with a guide and two anglers. Anglers either alternate "drops" in the canoe, or the pools may be fished by wading. The daily fishing periods are from 8:00 am - 12:00 noon and 5:30 - 9:30, the peak taking times of the day.

The 80-year old camp is in an idyllic wilderness setting in the spectacular Restigouche Valley, overlooking the river and flanked by lush green mountains and craggy rock cliffs. This is one of Eastern Canada's finest lodges and if you long to catch large Atlantic salmon, this is one of the world's best venues.

Camp Bonaventure is Quebec’s newest salmon lodge. The elegant lodge is located on the banks of one of Canada’s premier dry fly rivers, the gin clear Bonaventure River, and offers access to trophy waters on the famed Grand Cascapedia as well as a prolific sea run brook trout fishery on the Petite Cascapedia. Also on the Petite Cascapedia, Camp Brule offers beautiful private pools on the Petite, as well as access to ZEC waters on the Grande & Bonaventure.

The famed Miramichi River is ranked one of Canada's best in terms of size of the run. The river offers a long season with angling for "spring salmon" or kelts (post spawning fish) from April 15th - May 15th, and bright salmon fishing from June 10th through October 15th.

We represent
Wilson's Sporting Camps located on the Upper Miramichi in McNamee. Wilson's a Miramichi tradition for over 50 years offers private water, with some cold water pools, veteran guides, good food and comfortable lodging. We also represent Black Rapids Salmon Lodge on the Lower Miramichi in Blackville. Several of Black Rapids pools were formerly owned by baseball legend, Ted Williams. The Miramichi is accessible by car from Northeast states, approximately a day's drive from Boston.

Labrador is the most remote of the eastern provinces, and as such, offers some of the best fishing. The most prolific salmon river in Eastern Canada is Labrador's mighty Eagle River, which perennially boasts the highest catch rate in North America. The Eagle strain of wild salmon, facing severe stream gradient to make the journey to the headwaters spawning gravel, have selectively evolved as one of the strongest, "hottest" strains of salmon in the world.

The best option on the Eagle is Goose Bay Oufitters famed
Lower Eagle River Salmon Camp, located just below the spectacular Eagle River Falls.

Trophy brook trout is Labrador's second biggest drawing card, and the Minipi watershed is most likely the world's finest fishery for trophy squaretails. Minipi fish will average 5.5 pounds, specimens over 8 pounds are taken most years, and several world records (to 10 pounds) have been established here. Landlocked arctic char to 12 pounds and northern pike to 30 are available as well.

First explored by Lee Wulff some 40 years ago, the fishing remains as good as it was when Lee first cast a fly here, thanks to the strong catch and release ethic encouraged by
Cooper's Minipi Camps who outfit the watershed from three camps, Ann Marie, Minonipi and Minipi Lake. If you'd like to catch a 7 or 8 pound brook trout on a dry fly, Cooper's Minipi Camps is the best place in the world to try.

For anglers looking for more consistent action and not necessarily trophy fish, we recommend Crooks Lake Lodge on the headwaters of the Eagle River. Crooks Lake offers a mix of river and lake fishing with fish averaging around 4 pounds, occasionally up to 6, but the numbers of fish caught are much greater than in the Minipi system.

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