Experience the excitement of fishing for striped bass, a fish that’s abundant in Gaspésie and renowned for being as combative as salmon!
A highly prized fish
Striped bass, which can grow up to 90 cm long and live up to 20 years, are highly prized by anglers for the unique fishing experience they offer. You’ll have a lot of fun trying to haul this legendary fighter out of the water! After the fishery was closed for a long time due to declining stock, the striped bass population has increased dramatically in recent years, much to the delight of sport fishing enthusiasts and gourmets who appreciate the delicious flesh of this white fish!
When to fish for striped bass in Gaspésie
The striped bass fishing season starts on 15. In zone 21, which includes most of the waters surrounding the Gaspé Peninsula where you can fish from the shore (i.e., from a wharf or beach), except the area upstream of the bridge between Pointe-à-la-Croix and Campbelltown (New Brunswick), the season ends on October 31.
In zone 1, which includes rivers, barachois and bays, the season ends earlier, on September 11. For more information, please consult the applicable rules and regulations.
Where to fish for striped bass in Gaspésie
You can fish for striped bass directly from any of the beaches in the region at rising tide. Some beaches are particularly popular sites for this type of fishing, including those found in Carleton-sur-Mer, Caplan, Saint-Siméon, Bonaventure, Percé and Gaspé (Haldimand and Boom Defense). If you want to go wade fishing, you’ll need waders and a life belt. Remember that the water you’re fishing in is tidal, so please be cautious!
Striped bass can also be fished in some rivers in Gaspésie. For more information on fishing zones and fishing rules, please consult this interactive map.
You can also hire experienced guides to learn the basics of fishing for striped bass and enjoy a unique fishing experience in Gaspésie. The Camp de Base Gaspésie in Coin-du-Banc offers guided striped bass fishing excursions. Fishing gear is included in the package (including waders, if required), and transportation to the fishing sites is provided by the camp team. They also offer a package that combines fatbiking and striped bass fishing.
Some companies also offer guided striped bass fishing excursions aboard a fishing boat, as is the case for Destination Haute-Mer in Matane and Pêche Sportive Baie-des-Chaleurs in Carleton-sur-Mer. Both companies provide fishing gear and life jackets; they’ll also clean your catches for you.
Photo: Pêche Sportive Baie-des-Chaleurs
- Daily catch and possession limit is set at three striped bass per person per day.
- Only fish that are 50 cm to 65 cm in length can be kept.
- Anglers may only use single hooks and can attach a maximum of three hooks to the same line.
- Only artificial lures are allowed; fishing with natural bait is forbidden.
Test your skills against a combative striped bass during a fishing experience in Gaspésie!