Atlantic Salmon Fishing in New Brunswick
The Restigouche River Lodge is located on the banks of the world-renowned Restigouche River in New Brunswick, Canada. This river is primarily known for two things: gin-clear water and impressively large Atlantic salmon. Between 15,000 and 25,000 salmon enter the Restigouche each year—many that run 20 to 30 pounds or more. Fly fishing packages at the lodge are managed with split fishing days similar to many Atlantic salmon programs, where anglers are on the water during the most productive times of the day. Each day encompasses an early morning session and an evening session, with a five-course meal in between! The Restigouche Lodge features comfortable accommodations for up to 10 anglers as well as a spacious lounge with a panoramic view of the Restigouche River and the surrounding Chic-Choc mountains. The chef prepares three meals each day for a dining experience that is unmatched on the Gaspe Peninsula. The lodge’s motto says it all: “Come fish the land of the giants!”
Restigouche Lodge is a full-service fishing operation with all the luxurious comforts that anglers expect. The lodge has two different guest cabins. One cabin has two bedrooms, and the other cabin has three bedrooms. Every bedroom is double occupancy and each with a private bath.
Food and Beverages
The lodge offers superb dining with delicious cuisines made from fresh seafood, poultry, beef, and even herbs and vegetables picked from the Restigouche River Lodge’s garden. Snacks, hot coffee, and various drinks are always available in the lodge. Anglers will delight in the fresh baked goods that the lodge makes daily.
Anglers will start the day off with a country-style breakfast and fish until around 1:30 PM when the main meal of the day is served. This meal consists of appetizers, soup and salad, a main entrée, and dessert. After lunch is served, anglers will fish until a small meal is served as dinner. Hors-d’oeuvres and homemade soup, cold cut meats, and even at times stir fry.
Typical Length of Stay
Packages at Restigouche Lodge are three (3) days, four (4) days, or (7) nights / six (6) fishing days. Please call Yellow Dog for details.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Restigouche Lodge is great when it comes to non-angling activities. For families or couples, it’s a terrific option. Guests can kayak or canoe on the river. The Atlantic Salmon museum is nearby in the town of Campbellton, as well as the Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available free of charge for lodge guests and there is good cell service in the area.
How To Get There
The closest and most convenient airport to use is the Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle, Maine (PQI). The largest nearby airport is Bangor International Airport (BGR), Maine. The drive from Presque Isle it’s about 2.5-hours and from Bangor it’s about a 5-hour drive to the lodge.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Guests typically arrive by 3 pm for evening fishing on the first day and departure is after breakfast on the last day. Guests can book partial or full weeks at a time.
A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens to enter Canada.
A Note on Drunk Driving or Other Criminal Record
Anyone with a criminal record (including a drunk driving conviction) may be excluded from Canada. A waiver of exclusion may be issued but several weeks are required, and a processing fee must be paid. Contact the Canadian Embassy or a Canadian Consulate in the U.S. for more information.
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
The lodge owns the rights to 3.5 miles of private and exclusive waters starting from the junction of the Matapedia River in Quebec across to New Brunswick and then to a point more than three miles upriver encompassing the shores of both New Brunswick and Quebec. Additionally, anglers have access to another 2 miles of private water from May through June, and then again in late summer and end of September. While Atlantic salmon in many of the other famous fisheries can be reluctant to strike, the Restigouche variety tends to be more aggressive, and once hooked, they’re incredibly strong and acrobatic. The river bottom is fine gravel so anglers can easily wade. The guides also fish anglers from the boat to cover some of the larger runs.
The fishing day at Restigouche is a split session. Anglers fish the morning, come back to the lodge for lunch (a five-course meal!) and then head out in the afternoon for an evening session.
Boats and Equipment Required
Restigouche River Lodge uses 26 foot Sharpe canoes. The lodge recommends bringing two rods.
Always remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person and based on double occupancy in the room and sharing a guide. All prices below are quoted in US dollars (USD). Please contact Yellow Dog for additional details and custom package pricing.
The following rates are based on a package of seven (7) nights with six (6) days of guided fishing. A week-long package would be from Sunday morning to Sunday morning. Shorter packages can be arranged depending on availability.
** Please contact Yellow Dog for seasonal rates **
- All accommodations at Restigouche River Lodge as specified.
- All guided fishing as specified
- Three meals per day
- All non-alcoholic beverages
- Access to all private pools
What’s not included:
- International flights and transportation to and from the lodge
- Fishing equipment, tackle, and flies
- Fishing License
- Gratuities for guides and staff
- Alcoholic beverages (BYO)