3 Spring Fishing Spots in BC
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
This lake in Hope 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.
Coquihalla Campground – Located in Hope along the Coquihalla River. The campground hosts 117 sites, some of which are full service hook-ups with cable. For more campgrounds in Hope go to Camping & RVing BC, click on the Camping Map and search under Hope.
Harrison Mills – Harrison & Chehalis Rivers
Harrison River is home to cutthroat and Chehalis River to 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 – 31.
Chehalis River, (West Harrison) – Offers year-round camping in a Recreation and Trails campground with no hook-ups and services. They welcome first-come-first-serve but also take reservations that can be made up to a month in advance. Details are on the website.
Nanaimo – Westwood Lake
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.
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. Go to Camping & RVing in BC to locate other campgrounds in Nanaimo.
Before you head out on any fishing trip, be sure to check the current fishing regulations which can be accessed through Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC (GoFishBC).
Published: April 11, 2014
Last Updated: June 5, 2019
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