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3 Spring Fishing Spots

Man Fishing beside his trailer parked at beach

Destination BC/Albert Normandin- Fishing at Muncho Lake

Spring is here and no more alarm clocks! Instead I am awakened each day to the discordant symphony of birds outside my window.  It is an invigorating sign that warm weather is coming and an opportunity to go away on the Easter long weekend. The start of spring camping! Yahoo…I love being in the outdoors! When I return back to work after spending a weekend in nature, I am completely re-energized and ready to go. However, B.C.’s unpredictable weather causes my husband not to feel the same way.  A sure way to convince him to go in the shoulder season is to incorporate an activity that he is passionate about, one being fishing. Here are some spring fishing spots I found with nearby campgrounds. Wish me luck!

Hope – Kawkawa Lake is open for fishing from March 1 to November 30 each year. Kokanee are the most sought after species, but you can also catch wild cutthroat trout and residualized coho salmon. The lake fishes well right from opening day and into the summer months. Kokanee are schooling fish, so you will want a fish finder on your boat to maximize your success.

Nearby Campgrounds :
Coquihalla Campground
Located along the Coquihalla River. The campground hosts 117 sites, 32 of which are full service hook-ups with cable.

Forest campsite at Coquihalla Campground

Campsite at Coquihalla Campground

Harrison Mills – Harrison River cutthroat and Chehalis River winter steelhead; In March and April coastal cutthroat begin actively feeding upon emerging salmon fry in the Harrison River and surrounding backwaters. Fly fishing with fry patterns or spincasting with small spinners or spoons is the most productive method. Looks for signs of rising fish as the cutthroat chase down fry. Anglers can either fish from a boat or walk and wade one of the many accessible beeches. Drift fishing for winter steelhead on the Chehalis River (a major tributary of the Harrison River) remains good in March right through April. The Chehalis is closed to fishing May 1 st to 31 st .

Nearby Campgrounds :
Chealis River, (West Harrison)
Offers year-round camping in a Recreation and Trails campground with no hook-ups and services. We welcome first come first serve but also take reservations that can be made a month in advance by calling (604)796-0102.

Children playing on playground at an RV resort

Fun for everyone at Camperland, Bridal Falls

Camperland RV Resort
A 5 star RV Resort with manicured sites providing full hook-ups, services and amenities. It has a children’s playground, heated pool, hot tub and hiking trails. Located just beyond Chilliwack.

Nanaimo - Westwood Lake is one of the first lakes to be stocked on Vancouver Island each spring. There is a wheelchair accessible fishing float on the south side of the park or you can fish with an electric motor or non powered boat for rainbow trout or cutthroat trout.

Nearby Campgrounds:
Jinglepot RV Park Campgounds
Big rig friendly campground with full facilities that is open all year round. It has separate group or tenting area. It is a pet friendly park and is found in Nanaimo with easy access to ferries and highway.

Happy Camping and Fishing :)

by Adventure Mom

Alenna, raised in British Columbia, has been camping and playing in the outdoors all her life. Her earliest camping memory is at age 2. She was sleeping in her parent’s camperized van and was woken up by her parents frantically trying to to scare a bear away by flashing their headlights on and off. Today she continues to camp with her own family without further bear incidences! You can find her racing in triathlons, practicing yoga, snowboarding, skiing, hiking or lazing in her lawn chair at a hidden campground gem.

4 thoughts on "3 Spring Fishing Spots"

Tarah Hogue says:

Thanks for this info! My partner and I started out camping season at Hicks Lake over Easter long weekend and I caught my first rainbow trout – it was about a foot long! I’m hooked now, and we plan to get out for camping and fishing as often as possible. I just started my own blog about our camping adventures, would appreciate your support! thedullhatchet.wordpress.com

sportimom says:

Great information…Thanks Stacy! Can I find the the fishing regulations synopsis at gofishbc.com?

Stacy says:

Good reminder to always check the Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis prior to heading out. Kawkawa Lake is closed to fishing December 1 – February 28. In addition to the regional regulations, the daily kokanee quota is 4.

Christian says:

The Coquihalla River is closed for much of the year to protect summer steelhead stocks (and it is never open in the spring). Be sure to check the regs before fishing that very fragile system.

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