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Vancouver BC Fishing Report

By Rodney Hsu, Fishing with Rod | Last updated: November 30th, 2015

Check out our latest video feature above "The Hunt for Egg Hunters", which highlights a fantastic summer steelhead fishery on Vancouver Island. Guest host Kitty Kanhoffen targets these fish with Murphy Sportfishing's Shaun Evans, by using trout beads to imitate eggs being deposited by spawning chinook salmon.

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Here are some of the latest news and upcoming events in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley!

Capilano River

Capilano River fall salmon fishing season is done for another year. It has been great as anglers have seen lots of chinook and coho salmon returning to the system. It now switches to the winter steelhead fishing season, but please keep in mind that both wild and hatchery steelhead need to be released with care. There's no retention for all steelhead.

Seymour River

Seymour River remains closed for fishing.

Squamish River

Squamish River is cleaner now that freezing level is pretty low. Fishing has been good for late season coho salmon, bull trout and rainbow trout. Coho salmon can be caught by casting and retrieving big spoons or flies. Bull trout and rainbow trout are feeding heavily on salmon eggs, so a trout bead fished under a float or indicator in a side channel behind spawning salmon can lead you to success.

Chilliwack River

Hatchery marked coho salmon from Chilliwack River

Chilliwack River conditions only recovered in the past week after the heavy rain storm we had in mid November. The river has changed significantly as a result, lots of new runs have now formed so a trip to explore the river is needed to find fishable spots. Anglers are still encountering some fresh coho salmon throughout the system, mostly in the mid and upper sections. Chum salmon can be caught in the lower river, you'll find a mix of old and fresh fish taking your jig under a float. Some anglers have also been specifically targeting trout and char in the upper river by using trout beads with lots of success.

Fred's Custom Tackle is your go-to store for the Chilliwack River fishery. If you need accommodation or guide suggestions around Chilliwack, please take a look at the listing on Tourism Chilliwack's website. The annual Wally Hall Junior Memorial Steelhead Fishing Derby will begin on December 1st, tickets can be purchased at Fred's Custom Tackle.

Harrison River

Autumn fishing in Harrison River

Harrison River is pretty quiet now. Because Chehalis River has been high, most of the salmon have been moving into it. With a boat, you should still be able to target cutthroat trout at creek mouths and find the odd coho salmon.

Chehalis River

Coho salmon

Chehalis River coho salmon fishing has been on and off in the past couple of weeks. Because fish have been arriving late in other systems, most likely the bulk of the coho salmon is still not in this system yet as Chehalis River typically has a later run than other rivers.

Stave River

Stave River's chum salmon fishery is slowing down and most likely ending. The river has been higher than usual due to heavy rain.

Tidal Fraser River

Tidal Fraser River's coho salmon fishery is finishing as anglers have been reporting poor results in the past week or so. Water clarity is poor, so you are limited to bait fishing. You still might find the odd coho salmon, but most of the fish have already moved through the system to the tributaries. Bull trout, cutthroat trout can still be caught, but please remember that all wild trout or char have to be released.

To fish the Tidal Fraser River (downstream from the railway bridge in Mission), you are required to have a valid saltwater fishing licence.

For more information on this fishery and the latest updates on saltwater fishing around Steveston and the Tidal Fraser River, stop by the Berry's Bait & Tackle in Richmond.

Non-tidal Fraser River

Sturgeon fishing is excellent due to the amount of feed in the river. Fish up to 9' have been caught and large bait such as a whole pink salmon head appear to work very well.


For more detailed reports on sturgeon fishing in the Fraser Valley, check out either Vic Carrao's report or Dean Werk's report.

Lower Mainland Lakes

Urban lake rainbow trout in Vancouver

Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery has been doing its fall catchable rainbow trout stockings at Lower Mainland's urban lakes. Lafarge, Como, Green Timbers, Rice, Mill Lakes and Sanctuary Pond at Hastings Park have all been stocked. Fishing should be excellent there right now as fall trout fishing pressure is generally much lower due to the salmon fishing season.

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Other lakes further outside of the Lower Mainland should also be excellent right now due to the cooler weather. Hicks, Weaver and Jones Lakes are all very good lakes to try due to the high abundance of rainbow and cutthroat trout.

Check out this new video tutorial on drop shotting for trout.

Please remember that for lake fishing, if you are fishing from shore, you are only allowed to use ONE rod. If you are fishing alone in a boat, then you are permited to use two rods. Only one hook is allowed on your rod. Please note that single barbless hooks are required to be used at some lakes. You should note the daily quota of trout for the lake where you are fishing. Catch and release is required in some lakes, please check regulations.

Before heading out, please read the freshwater regulations in Region 2 first. For more regular updates, make sure you follow our Facebook page. If you witness violations, please contact the nearest conservation office or phone 1-877-952-RAPP (7277). Conservation officers can not attend all calls, but they do their best to catch those who do not choose to play by the rules.

Good luck and please conserve your catches!

Rodney Hsu
Webmaster, Fishing with Rod Production