The incomparable Eagle River is born in the wilderness highland lakes of Labrador's Mealy Mountains. A large and brawling river, the Eagle flows through rugged canyons and seemingly impassable falls for 120 rough and tumble miles before emptying into Sandwich Bay on the Labrador Sea. The laws of natural selection have lead to the evolution of a strain of exceptionally strong salmon capable of mounting this difficult journey to the Highland spawning grounds. Many well-traveled anglers consider the Eagle fish the hardest fighting Atlantic salmon in the world.
The season starts with runs of large salmon, most 11-18 pounds, and salmon 20-25lbs are not uncommon(recent sonar soundings have resulted in sightings of salmon estimated near 40 lbs!). July to early August boasts incredible catch rates with vast runs of Grilse weighing in from 5-7 lbs, with a solid mix of large salmon still in the 11-18 pound range. Mid- late August still holds strong with Grilse and late large Jacks (males) appear in the river. Late August continues with solid numbers of Grilse and late Jack salmon plus some spectacular sea-run trout fishing.
While you are permitted to retain up to four small salmon (grilse) while staying at our lodge. We are strong advocates of live release. It is very important that anglers practice live release, and do it responsibly. A well thought out and planned live release gives salmon a very high chance of survival even in tough water conditions. Please, watch this video from the Atlantic Salmon Federation and always be prepared to release a salmon the right way.