At the Southeastern end of Harrison Lake near Harrison Mills sits a peaceful lake that is popular for anglers and families. Weaver Lake offers very productive rainbow trout fishing and camping in a wild setting. This is an ideal spot for Vancouver anglers who enjoy doing day or weekend trips if time is limited. Weaver Lake has many small bays and islands where you can tuck your boat away and fish peacefully all day long.
To get to Weaver Lake from Vancouver, turn onto Morris Valley Road from Highway 7 in Harrison Mills. From the turnoff from Highway 7 to Weaver Lake, it is approximately 11km. Once you pass the Weaver Creek Spawning Channel, the road turns into a forest service road. Follow the signs to the lake. The gravel road can be steep and muddy at places, so a SUV or truck is more suitable for this trip. When you reach the lake, please park at the day-use area if you are only there to fish without camping. The boat ramp is single lane so only one boat can be launched at a time.
Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC stocks Weaver Lake with blackwater rainbow trout each year. These fish are stocked at the yearling size (50g or less) and they eventually grow to 14 inches long. They are diploid, so spawning and natural recruitment also occur in the lake. The fishing season starts in March, but best fishing takes place from April to the summer months. April and May can be excellent as the fishing is hot while the recreational site is lightly used. In July and August, camping becomes more popular among families so it can be very busy at times. Fishing in September and October can also be quite productive like spring, before water cools down for the winter months.
Rainbow trout found in Weaver Lake range between 8 and 14 inches long. Occasionally a fish up to 16 inches can be caught. Because these fish are not particularly big, a light setup is more enjoyable for this fishery.
If you prefer fishing with a spinning setup, a spinning rod rated between 2 and 6lb or less is best. Use the smallest spinning reel that you can find and spool it with 4lb test main line. To catch them consistently, try float fishing with bait such as single eggs, shrimp, krill or dew worm. Bait it on a #4 or #6 hook and hook-ups are almost guaranteed. Look for small bays where fish often take refuge. Once you locate a school of fish, be sure to cast to the same spot repeatedly so you can have consistent bites.
Trolling is another common technique used at Weaver Lake. You can either troll with a small spoon or spinner, or a small fly (#12 leech patterns). If you are fly fishing exclusively, try using chironomids under an indicator or look for surface activities when hatches are happening. A dry fly can outfish all other technique if feeding is heavy on the surface.
The lake's depth is up to 100ft at certain spots, but most fishing takes place in waters shallower than 40ft. Unless you are trolling, make sure your boat has a double anchor system so you can remain stationary at a spot. This lake can be quite windy at times, so being able to anchor is pretty important.
Shore fishing can be done but access is minimal. The floating dock at the campsites has direct access to pretty deep spots. Try casting a small spinner such as a Rooster Tail from the dock to lure a chase by hungry trout. Some anglers also fish on nearby log booms, but this should only be done with extreme care.
Todd Oishi from Fly Fishing Canada will be hosting the fifth Lower Mainland loch-style fly fishing competition at Mill Lake in Abbotsford on Sunday October 14th, 2012. This competition, as well as the rest of the Summer Series, allows participants an unique opportunity to participate in a series of friendly-spirited competitions, and to learn more about stillwater fishing in general. This also provides an excellent opportunity for meeting other fly fishers and members of our angling communities.
Please mark this event on your calendar and email Todd Oishi at [email protected] to confirm that you're able to attend. Please send Todd your full name, phone number and email address in order to complete your registration for this event. Todd really wants to encourage newcomers and fly fishers of all skill levels to come out and see what it's all about. For updates of this competition, please go to this page in our discussion forum.
2021 Fraser River Chinook Salmon Management Measures Fisheries and Oceans Canada announces chinook salmon fishing closures as of April 1st 2021 to protect endangered Fraser River early chinook salmon runs.
Mill Park Fishing Lake is a 1.5 acre lake fed by the stream that gurgles through the site. Nestled in the valley you are surrounded by beautiful countryside and sheltered by the woodland that stretches up either side of the valley. Lots of local wildlife regularly visit the site including kingfishers, deer, pheasant and other wild fowl. You will also see the resident ducks that live in the ponds behind the lake and visit the island in the middle of the lake.
The lake is well stocked with Common Carp, Chubb, Bream, Roach, Rudd, Brown Trout and Perch, and the lake is regarded locally as one of the best fishing sites around. The most recent competition saw over 200lb of fish caught between 10 competitors over 5 hours, with the winning net weighing in at over 41lb with a large haul of Common Carp making up the majority of the weight in the bag. The record for the site currently stands at 57lb for the winning net by Martin from North Devon Match Group.
There is a toilet block and parking close to the lake to make it easy to get your equipment from the car to your fishing peg. Fishing tackle is available in the onsite Shop that also stocks snacks and drinks.
The fishing lake is open to residents, non residents and fishing competitions throughout the year. There are 3 Bell Tents, 3 Glampods and a Cocoon available for hire that are located around the lake, which are ideal for the avid fishermen that dont wish to bring their own caravan or tent. We have special offers for visitors that combine Glamping accommodation with fishing day tickets please enquire at Reception for these special offers.
Should you wish to fish the site please contact Reception, or simply pop into Reception to obtain your day ticket. We also offer an annual fishing ticket with unlimited access to the Lake except on competition days. Please note that we require fishermen to sign in at Reception before fishing commences, and to let us know that you have left the site when you have finished.
Should you wish to organise a competition please contact Reception. We can discuss what facilities you require, we can start your day with coffee and bacon rolls, issue flasks of tea or coffee or other drinks throughout the match and also open the bar afterwards for your prize givings etc. We host open competitions throughout the year, if you want to enter the next open competition please contact Reception and we will advise you of the details of the next competition.
Any angler aged 13 years or over, fishing for salmon, trout, freshwater fish or eels in England (except the River Tweed), Wales or the Border Esk and its tributaries in Scotland must have an Environment Agency rod licence.
A 1 day rod licence is valid for 24 consecutive hours, an 8 day rod licence is valid for 192 consecutive hours from the start time and date, and a 12 month license is valid for 12 months from the date purchased.
They are also available from the Post Office http://www.postoffice.co.uk/rod-fishing-licence, by direct debit and over the telephone on 0844 800 5386.The phone line is open from 8.30am to 8.00pm daily from March to September and 8.30am to 6.00pm from October to February.
Our latest episode features trout fishing at Lundbom Lake, as well as other lake fisheries around Merritt. These fisheries are very accessible and can be very productive during the spring months, making them perfect for weekend trips from the Lower Mainland.
This heat wave is making fishing a little uncomfortable so be sure to hydrate, or stay indoors for the time being. Safety first, fishing can always wait. Capilano River has been producing coho salmon as expected for this time of the year. Chilliwack River will open on July 1st for its chinook salmon fishery. Skagit River will also open on July 1st. Local lakes are slowing down due to the heat wave. Bass and carp fishing should remain excellent throughout this summer.
Capilano River has been quite good for coho salmon fishing. This early run of coho salmon usually peaks around late June or early July, depending on the river level. Most of the fish are in the 1 to 3lb range, perhaps a little bigger at times. Float fishing with freshly cured roe works best, but you can also fly fish for them with a small streamer, or casting and retrieving spoons and spinners. The key is to be at the river really early in the morning, before sunrise. With the hot and sunny weather at the moment, fishing generally dies down really quickly once the sun is up.
Please remember that ALL steelhead, both wild and hatchery fish, have to be released in this river system. There are very few steelhead returning to the Capilano River so please release these fish with great care.
Between the mouth of Capilano River and Ambleside Beach, you have a good chance of catching a coho salmon from now until August too. If the level of Capilano River stays low, most of the fish will stage and feed at the river mouth. Early morning is generally most productive. If there is a low tide coinciding with dawn, then that's even better. Casting small jigs such as a buzz bomb, or spinners, would entice the odd fish to chase and grab your lure. Fly fishing also works great if fish are schooling close to shore.
Stave River is quite quiet during this time of the year compared to the fall salmon fishing season. This does not mean there are no fish in the system. There are coastal cutthroat trout, mountain whitefish, northern pikeminnow and peamouth chub feeding on salmon fry, insects and other invertebrates throughout the summer months. This is a good place to take your kids out and float fish for them with bait. Bait which works well include dew worm, shrimp and single eggs.
The closest store to Stave River is Hatch Match'r Fly and Tackle in Maple Ridge. This 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. They also have ongoing seminars for both novice and experienced anglers.
Chilliwack River has been closed to fishing throughout the month of June. This is the seasonal closure to protect outmigrating juvenile salmonids as well as winter steelhead kelts. The river reopens on July 1st, and anglers can target summer chinook salmon. This chinook salmon fishery is entirely hatchery enhanced, and can be good throughout the month of July before tapering off in early August. Due to the sun and heat, fishing is usually best really early in the morning around dawn. Once the sun hits the water, fish tend to stop biting. Float fishing with roe works best for chinook salmon.
There is also a good abundance of hatchery "rainbow trout" in the river throughout the summer. These are in fact juvenile steelhead which were released by the hatchery in early May. Keeping them is allowed, as biologists would like them to be removed from the river if they have not travelled into the estuaries already. This is to prevent any hatchery juvenile steelhead becoming resident rainbow trout which would compete and predate on native wild salmonids. Please ensure that all wild trout are released with care. A hatchery trout can be identified by the absence of the adipose fin.
Tidal Fraser River is pretty dirty as it experiences freshet until late August. Sturgeon fishing is available and can be done from shore at certain locations. This is a catch and release fishery so please handle these fish with care. Bull trout can also be caught and released by using roe on the bottom.
Coarse fish such as pikeminnow, peamouth chub, largescale sucker, redside shiner are also very abundant in the tidal portion of the Fraser River during this time of the year. You can catch them by fishing with a variety of bait near the bottom. Dew worm, dough balls, shrimp are all good bait to try out. Use a small hook, size 8 or smaller, as these fish tend to have a small mouth.
Skagit River reopens to fishing on July 1st. This is a catch and release fishery for rainbow trout and bull trout. Most of the rainbow trout encountered are between 12 and 16 inches in length. A light fly or spinning rod is ideal for this fishery. Bull trout in this river system can get up to 4 to 6lb, these can be caught by either fly fishing with a big streamer or swinging a spoon with a spinning rod. Please note that mosquitoes can be quite active in this watershed so be very prepared by bringing bug spray.
Non-tidal portion of the Fraser River can be good for sturgeon fishing right now. Please be very careful as freshet is happening, the river is dirty and rising, plenty of debris such as large trees are floating down the river. You must be aware of your surroundings at all time. A mishap with the boat can be deadly under these conditions. Best sturgeon bait during this time of the year include lamprey, dew worm, eulachon and pikeminnow. It's best to head out with a licenced sturgeon fishing guide if you have never tried this before. We recommend Lang's Fishing Adventures.
Sumas River between Abbotsford and Chilliwack can be very good for carp fishing at the moment. There are also many other species found in this area, including largemouth bass, sunfish, pikeminnow, chub, shiner and sculpin. This multi-species fishery is an excellent place for family with young kids. Try bottom fishing with dew worm, dough balls, corn, salmon eggs. It is very hot at the moment, so this is an ideal location for evening outings.
Lakes around Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley have all been stocked with catchable rainbow trout. These fish average around 250g and can be caught by float fishing or bottom fishing with bait, or lure fishing, or fly fishing. Urban lakes such as Deer Lake, Lafarge Lake, Como Lake, Rice Lake and Green Timbers Lake are ideal for those who rely on public transportation. Lakes further out in the Fraser Valley to try out include Mill Lake, Buntzen Lake, Sasamat Lake, Rolley Lake, Hicks Lake, Grace Lake and Weaver Lake. Because of the heat wave, shallow urban lakes are no longer that productive except perhaps the evening times. In bigger lakes where water is deeper at places, fishing can still be very good.
Kawkawa Lake's kokanee fishery has been productive. The average size of these kokanee is 12 to 14 inches long, but you can encounter the odd 16 and 18 inchers at times. You can troll for them, but the best method is anchoring up and bait fish near the bottom. Use your fish finder to mark fish and find depths which are around 40ft. A boat is definitely required for fishing at this lake. Best bait for kokanee are krill, shrimp, single eggs, corn. You can also jig for them by using a small spoon.
Cultus Lake has warmed up quite nicely. Largescale suckers can be seen feeding in the shallows, and it's easy to catch northern pikeminnow now. In recent years, smallmouth bass have been discovered at this lake and anglers are now targeting them. Majority of these fish are in the 1 to 2lb range but fish up to 4 or 5lb have been reported. They can be caught from shore. Jigging with a dropshot rig, dragging a tubebait, or retrieving a crankbait are the go-to methods for these smallmouth bass. For boat anglers, most of the fish have been caught in the 8 to 12 feet depth range.
Jones Lake near Chilliwack is a good location to target stocked cutthroat trout. These cutthroat trout can get up to 2lb large. There is also a high abundance of smaller rainbow trout in this lake. Access to the lake can be difficult, vehicles with 4X4 are needed. Launching a boat can be difficult at this lake too. Be prepared.
Alta Lake in Whistler is also stocked with cutthroat trout and fishing can be excellent throughout May. Check out this video. Now that the weather is warmer, fish are most likely found in slightly deeper water, or you can focus the shallow parts in the evening hours.
Squamish area also offers some good lake fishing opportunities. Check out Browning Lake, which has been stocked with catchable rainbow trout as well. Alice Lake and Brohm Lake both have smaller trout in them.
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.
All stocked fish are Fraser Valley 3N rainbow trout at catchable size. Updated data are provided by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. Unfamiliar with stocked lake trout fishing in BC? Watch the video tutorials in our BC Freshwater Fishing Guide to get started!
Confined in the middle of Abbotsford, this small shallow lake can be surprisingly productive for anglers who do not mind the urban setting. Designated as part of the "Fishing in the City" program by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, Mill Lake is regularly stocked with rainbow trout in spring and fall. In hotter months, largemouth bass and other spiny-ray species can be abundant. The shoreline access is easy, making it an ideal venue for families. It is also a great fishery for anglers who wish to use a float tube or small boat.
Because it is located in an urbanized area, there are many access points to Mill Lake. From Vancouver, travel east on Highway One and take the McCallum Road exit. Travel north on McCallum Road and turn left onto South Fraser Way. Continue and turn left onto Bourquin Crescent, then turn right onto Mill Lake Road, which takes you to the main parking lot where the boat launch is located. Other parking lots can also be found along Bevan Avenue on the south side of the lake.
There is a paved walking trail around the lake. The trail is is around 2.5km long. There is also a foot bridge along the eastern shoreline. Fishing can be done at almost any point along the lake shoreline. The easiest sections are the south shoreline, the dock by the boat launch on the north shore and the foot bridge on the east side.
Fishing can be done year round at Mill Lake, but the best period is between March and November. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout by the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery between March and June. Stockings are not done in July and August due to the warmer weather, but fishing for bass and other spiny ray species can be good during this period. Rainbow trout stockings resume in late September until November. Although it is usually cold between December and February, trout fishing can still be good at times.
When fishing from shore at Mill Lake, bottom fishing is a popular technique that allows you to cast your bait out as far as possible. You can sit and wait for the fish to find your bait, which can be deli shrimp, dew worm, single eggs or commercially made bait.
Fishing is a fun activity to do, but there is a separate fan base for lake fishing. It is used for competition, for catching fishes like trout, brass, etc. Some people just come with equipment and with their loved ones and spend a good time at the edge of the lake, how many fishes they caught doesnt matter to them as long they have fun.
However, if you are looking forward to getting your hands on a decent amount fishes from the lake then you have to be well prepared. You cannot go with any random set up and fish. You need to set up the fishing rod properly so that you can hook some fishes.
If you have never been on to lake fishing and dont know how to set up a fishing rod for lake fishing, then I designed this guide for you. It is a guide on lake fishing tips for beginners, its a 5-minute read, so go through.
You know it already, but there are different types of rod and reel and you have to pick a suitable combo for lake fishing. A spinning reel and rod should do well for lake fishing. And if you dont have any rod and reel, you can search in local fishing accessories shops. Some shops provide reel and rods in rent.
There are different sizes of fishing hooks suitable for different kinds of fish species. And make sure you choose the hook that suits your targeted fish. For example, if you are looking forward to catching trout 4 to 12 size hook should be fine.
The fishing line should come with the rod and reel. But in any case, if they dont come with any fishing line, for lake fishing decent quality fishing line would work fine. Because lake fishes are not as heavy as saltwater fish, so it will be okay.
The floater is what keeps the hook from sinking down. However, there is one thing you need to think about when using a floater. If the target fish group stays on the topwater or middle water, then a floater is a must. Otherwise, the hook will sink the bottom of the water. On the other hand, if the target fish group stays on the bottom water, you wouldnt need floater because the hook needs to be on the bottom of the water. You might need a sinker for taking the hook down.
So you prepared all the needed items? Now lets get into the main process. For lake fishing, you can set up your rod in different rod setups but you have to choose the right setup. How would you know which setup is for you? Well, that depends on the fish you are planning to catch. However, process, you will understand everything.
This is a highly popular rod setup when it comes down to lake fishing. And it is for those who have plans to catch fishes that feed at the topwater and little under that. For topwater fishes, this setup works incredible, if the angler has the right knowledge and skill.
For topwater fishing, you will be needing bobber or floater which will prevent the hook from going to the bottom water. It will keep the hook on the middle where both topwater and middle water feed fishes can nibble.
Make sure to use a suitable bait. Another best part of using bobber or floater is when fish takes bite the bobber will submerge suddenly in the water, which tells you that fish started to eat. Add split shot sinker on the line, so your casting will be accurate. And as bait you can use worm or shrimps, these highly attract fishes. Bait should be chosen by the fish species, if the fish you want to catch hates shrimp and worms, then they are of no use. Add a bait that will attract the fishes.
As you have already guessed, this setup is for catching bottom water fishes. Bottom fishing extremely rewarding in winter since because of cold topwater fishes also goes to the bottom since the water there is warmer. However, if you have never done bottom fishing, here are some tips that might help you to get started.
Add three-way swivel to the line, because of the weight the hook will go down to the bottom to catch your desired fishes. Not only that, but the weight will also help you to cast long distances accurately. You will need to add a12 to 18 inches long leader line for connecting the swivel to hook. In choosing the hook be careful, pick the hook according to the local law.
And when it comes to bait, this is a little tricky. You have to know what is the condition of the bottom of the lake, if that is muddy you will have to pick a floating bait so that it wouldnt get covered by mud.
However, I hope these lake fishing tips help you to get started! Go with your loved ones who also have an interest in fishing, you will have great fun for sure. If you are a beginner, do not invest in expensive items initially, first learn and understand, and then invest. That will be beneficial for you. However, I hope you enjoy your next lake fishing trip. And if there is anything else I can help you with, make sure to comment below.