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Vancouver BC Fishing Report

By Rodney Hsu, Fishing with Rod | Last updated: June 7th, 2019

Our latest episode is a trip to the Kamloops region back in May, exploring the multi-species lake fisheries which the area has to offer throughout the year. Enjoy!

Lake fishing in the Thompson-Nicola region has been excellent so if you have a couple of days free, we highly recommend you to head up to lakes around Merritt and Kamloops. Fish in the 1 to 3lb range are not uncommon, and you have a chance getting into fish up to 5lb or even bigger! Make sure you purchase a freshwater fishing licence before heading out, and check out for stocking information.

Locally, sturgeon fishing has been good as expected. Because of freshet, anglers need to watch out for large debris floating down the river during this time of the year. Debris that get caught up by the anchor can become dangerous really quickly. Fish are mainly feeding on eulachon during this time of the year, but lamprey and roe bags can work just as well for bait.

Most streams in the Lower Mainland are currently closed to fishing. These seasonal closures are done to protect juvenile salmonids as well as steelhead kelts that have just finished spawning. Chilliwack/Vedder River reopens on July 1st and the hope is that chinook salmon fishing will be good due to the fishing closures we are seeing in the saltwater sector right now.

Capilano River is seeing some signs of coho salmon which is not unusual for this time of the year. With a bit of rain fishing can be good.

Lake fishing locally is also excellent due to the onging stockings being done by the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery. As the weather warms up, bass and carp fishing has also been improving so it is definitely worth a try.

BC Family Fishing Weekend is coming up on June 14th to 16th.

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Capilano River

Capilano River typically has an early coho salmon run in June and we are starting to see some fish in the system as well as the fishway by the hatchery. With some rain, hopefully the dam can release some water to raise the river level, which would bring in more fresh fish. Early morning before dawn is your best chance of getting into these fish. Float fishing with roe can be very productive, but spincasting lures or fly fishing with small streamers can work too. Most of the fish are going to be in the 1 to 4lb range, so I would go light on your tackle.

You might also encounter steelhead during this time of the year. ALL steelhead (hatchery and wild) have to be released with care. Please report individuals who choose to do otherwise.

Stave River

Stave River is pretty quiet during this time of the year but you can still find a good abundance of coastal cutthroat trout, northern pikeminnow, mountain whitefish and peamouth chub. All of these species are in the 1lb range and can be very fun for kids to catch. If you head to the river with some worm and rig it under the float, it's very likely you will get some bites regardless what time of the day is.

Hatch Match'r Fly and Tackle in Maple Ridge is your best one-stop shop on the North side of Fraser Valley. New owner Nick and his staff are always happy to help you, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned angler. They are open seven days a week.

Squamish River

Squamish River is undergoing freshet. Bait ban is in effect.

Chilliwack River

Chilliwack Rive is closed to fishing throughout the month of June. The river reopens on July 1st for its summer chinook salmon fishery.

Sumas River

Sumas River, or more like a slough, runs from Abbotsford to Chilliwack, can be a lot of fun. The system has a good abundance of carp which are active right now. They can be caught by float fishing, or bottom fishing. As long as your bait is kept on the bottom, you should be able to find some bites. Bait like corn, dough balls, bread can all work pretty well. There are many other species in this system as well, including northern pikeminnow, peamouth chub, sunfish, largemouth bass, cutthroat trout and even a sturgeon or two.

Tidal Fraser River

Tidal Fraser River is dirty. It is not unusual to catch some bull trout during this time of the year by bottom fishing with roe but please keep in mind that this is a catch and release fishery, so handle all fish with care please.

The river also has a good abundance of coarse fish species including northern pikeminnow, peamouth chub and largescale suckers. These can be caught by bottom fishing with small pieces of bait on a size 8 hook. Good bait to use include dew worm, shrimp, single salmon eggs, dough balls. The two hours before and after peak tide are usually best for catching these fish.

If you need more information on this fishery, please see the following articles:

We are not expecting any salmon openings in 2019 for the Tidal Fraser River. The only possible opening is the pink salmon opening in late August and early September for about two weeks, but that will be decided based on the estimated run size as we get closer to the season. Fishery notices will be posted on this website as they come in.

Please note that in spring 2016, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has issued a night time fishing closure for all finfish species in the Tidal Fraser River. To fish the Tidal Fraser River (downstream from the railway bridge in Mission), you are required to have a valid saltwater fishing licence.

If you would like more information on fishing in the Tidal Fraser River, please stop by Berry's Bait and Tackle in Richmond. Mike, Len and Michele have a team of knowledgable staff who regularly fish this area and they can help you out.

Non-tidal Fraser River

Fraser River white sturgeon fishing

White sturgeon fishing can be very good this time of the year. Eulachons are making their way into the system to spawn so these fish are feeding on them. Salmon roe in sacs can also work very well. Fish in the 3 to 6 feet are common, but there is also a good chance to get into fish in the 8 feet range. If you have never tried this fishery before, your best bet is to hire a guide. We recommend the following guides.

All salmon fishing remains closed until August 23rd. There is a small possibility of retention openings for pink salmon between late August and early September. Salmon fishing is not expected to open in the fall due to the run timing of endangered Interior Fraser steelhead.

Lower Mainland Lakes

Winter rainbow trout fishing in lakes

Lake fishing is peaking in the next several weeks so be sure to take advantage of it. All urban lakes have been stocked with catchable rainbow trout by the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery. These fish can be caught by a variety of fishing techniques. Float fishing with bait such as deli shrimp, single eggs, dew worms is my favourite method. Fish can be caught throughout the day but the best time is definitely late in the afternoon when lakes are shaded. Lafarge Lake, Como Lake, Green Timbers Lake, Rice Lake are all fantastic lakes to try if you would like to take a kid fishing.

Kawkawa Lake's kokanee fishing is picking up again. Fish are feeding close to the bottom at 40ft of water. Krill, deli shrimp and single eggs can all work for these fish. An ultralight spinning setup is best as most of the fish are going to be between 12 and 16 inches long.

Hicks Lake and Deer Lake at Sasquatch Provincial Park are excellent due to the high abundance of fish. Hicks Lake produces rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and kokanee. They can be caught by float fishing in the shallow parts of the lake with bait such as single eggs, deli shrimp and dew worm. Deer Lake produces plenty of fish but they are mostly small, especially cutthroat trout found in this lake.

Jones Lake is now productive. You can encounter both rainbow trout and cutthroat trout by trolling or fishing near creek mouths. The road to the lake is not in the best shape so 4X4 is a must, and you have to be prepared for breakdowns.

Alta Lake in Whistler is a fantastic catch and release fishery for both rainbow trout and cutthroat trout throughout the month of June.

Cultus Lake is getting warmer and the shallow portions of the lake are getting active. The presence of smallmouth bass is more visible now as the population becomes more abundant. You will find them hanging around the docks or structured waters right now. Northern pikeminnow, cutthroat trout and largescale suckers can also be caught. Bull trout are found near creek mouths if that's your target species.

Browning Lake, Alice Lake, Edith Lake and Brohm Lake around Squamish can all be good for trout fishing too. While the fish are not too big, the scenic setting around these lakes makes up for it.

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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