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Vancouver BC Fishing Report

By Rodney Hsu, Fishing with Rod | Last updated: January 7th, 2018

Happy New Year! 2018 was incredibly busy for us, and the above video "Best of 2018" is a compilation of some of our most memorable moments from this past year. Thank you all for the support and we will be bringing you more video content throughout 2019!

Vedder River chum salmon

Winter steelhead fishing in the Chilliwack/Vedder River seemed to have picked up a bit after the Boxing Day Derby with several big fish weighed in (15 and 16lb), but rain has made the river unfishable at times. Cutthroat trout fishing is available in the Fraser River and tributaries between Chilliwack and Hope. Squamish River's bull trout fishing is slower this season due to the lack of chum salmon returning last fall. Stave River is a good option if you'd like to target cutthroat trout and whitefish. While we are in the middle of the winter right now, there are definitely still some opportunities if you'd like to get out and wet a line.

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Capilano River

Capilano River is quiet during this time of the year. The odd winter steelhead might be encountered but overall there really isn't a winter fishery for this system.

Please remember that you might encounter the odd steelhead in the system. ALL steelhead (hatchery and wild) have to be released with care. Please report individuals who choose to do otherwise.

Stave River

Stave River's quiet during this time of the year, so it can be quite pleasant to spend a day wandering around it. You can encounter a couple of species right now, coastal cutthroat trout and mountain whitefish. This can be caught by float fishing with single eggs, shrimp or dew worm. If you are fly fishing, egg patterns should still work well.

Winter steelhead don't really start until a little later on for this system.

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 conditions have been very good due to the cold weather. There's some snow on the ground so be prepared if you decide to head up that way. Overall, the bull trout fishing has not been excellent due to the lack of feed last fall (low return of chum salmon). If you are spin fishing, casting and retrieving a Gibbs Croc spoon can always trigger a few bites. Catch and release applies to all species, and there is a bait ban in effect year round.

Chilliwack River

Brandon Eddy (left) with his winning hatchery steelhead in 2018's Boxing Day Steelhead Derby.

Chilliwack Rive's Conditions have been good at times. The river level overall has been on the high side, but water clarity seems to recover quite fast after each rainfall. The winter steelhead fishing season started out slowly, but it is improving now. Bigger fish are being caught so far this year, which is looking good for the next several months. Several fish in the mid teens have been weighed in at Fred's Custom Tackle.

Wally Hall Junior Memorial Fishing Derby has begun. Entry fee is $20 and can be purchased at Fred's Custom Tackle. The weigh-in station is at Fred's Chilliwack store. All proceeds go toward salmonid habitat enhancement on this river system.

Check out the following video tutorial on how to tie a bait loop to secure your roe on the hook.

Fred's Custom Tackle has a new store in Chilliwack! The address is 6336C Vedder Road, just north of Promontory Road. The store has up to 70 parking spots so very convenient for those who are towing a boat. Opening hours are 7:30am to 5:30pm on Monday to Saturday, and 7:30am to 4:00pm on Sunday.

Tidal Fraser River

Tidal Fraser River is mostly quiet during this time of the year. Herring can be caught in Steveston between now and March. Imperial Landing's pier and Garry Point Park are both good places to do it. Bull trout can be caught throughout the winter months but they are usually pretty spread out. Because water clarity is generally very good in the winter months, casting and retrieving a lure, or fly fishing can work well for bull trout and cutthroat trout.

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 staffs who regularly fish this area and they can help you out.

Non-tidal Fraser River

Fraser River white sturgeon!

Salmon fishing has ended. Cutthroat trout fishing can be good in backwaters and sloughs feeding into the Fraser. Sturgeon fishing is still good due to the abundance of food (salmon) in the river.

Lower Mainland Lakes

Catchable rainbow trout are released into Lower Mainland urban lakes

Most urban lakes were stocked back in October and there should still be many fish left. Although the weather is colder now, you should still be able to find some fish by bottom fishing with bait. Fish are not as active due to the cold water, so be a bit more patient will produce results.

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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