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Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland Releases of Catchable-Sized Trout
 
Releases of rainbow trout have begun in Region 1 and Region 2, and will continue every two to three weeks throughout the spring. Check which lakes have been stocked recently using the Stocking Report tool on our website. While we try to update the database daily, please note that it may take a few extra days during this extremely busy period until stocking records are entered.
 
To see a summary of what we stocked last year, and instructions on how to use our stocking report tool, visit this page.
You Can Pre-Purchase your 2021-22 Freshwater Fishing Licence Now!
 
Freshwater fishing licences for the 2021-22 season, which begins April 1st, are now available. You can purchase your licence for the upcoming season here — just be sure to select 2021-22 as the year.

Once they turn 65, B.C. resident anglers pay a reduced rate of $5 for their annual fishing licence. Starting this season, though, the Provincial government has provided the option for seniors to continue paying the full $36 rate charged to residents 16 and older. Many senior anglers in this province have been asking if they could purchase a licence at full price to help support the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC and the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF).

Since 100% of the revenue generated from freshwater fishing licences goes to these two non-profit organizations, whose work directly benefits recreational fisheries, we are pleased to see that this option has been implemented. Both organizations are hoping B.C. resident anglers aged 65 and over will choose to pay more for their annual licence, if they can afford it.

Want to know more about how we put your licence dollars to work? For an overview of recent Society initiatives, please take a look at the 2020 Annual Report.
Preserving Fish Part Two: How to
Smoke Trout and Salmon

If you've got excess fish in your freezer, or are looking for a new way to enjoy trout and salmon, why not try a preservation method that has been around since Palaeolithic times? Brining and smoking trout not only preserves the fish, it also infuses flavours – customized to your taste – into the flesh.
 
March is the perfect time to preserve your winter's catch. The month’s cooler temperatures will allow you to smoke the fish for longer periods of time to achieve a more desirable, smokier product.
 
Fishing guide Steve Maricle explains how to get started brining and smoking your fish, and shares some of his top tips for achieving a delicious smoky flavour.
Selecting a Fly Rod for Stillwater Fishing

Although all fly rods might look similar, they are not created equal. When fly-fishing on stillwaters, we can face many different scenarios – from casting chironomid patterns with leaders in excess of six metres (20 feet), to throwing heavy tungsten-weighted fly lines into a stiff wind. Understanding which fly rod is suitable for your fishery will work very much in your favour. On the blog, fishing guide Jordan Oelrich shares which fly-rod lengths and actions are best suited to different types of stillwater fishing.
Lake of the Month
Monte Lake - Westwold, B.C.
You ask; we deliver. In this new monthly section, we shine the spotlight on a stocked lake, and share the goods on lake features, access, and nearby amenities.
*Please be mindful of current province-wide restrictions.*
Depth map for Monte Lake. Click to enlarge.
Conveniently located near Highway 97, Monte Lake is easily accessible, and has one of the best winter kokanee fisheries in the area.

 
Where to stay: From Monte Lake, drive 30 minutes north along Highway 97 to the Kamloops RV Park, which has 79 sites and is open all year.
 
Stocking: Each year, the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC stocks Monte Lake with 15,000 kokanee salmon, along with 5,000 rainbow trout.
 
Notice to Anglers on Cowichan Lake, Vancouver Island

Anglers who catch and report fish with a high-reward tag provide critical information to researchers about fishing rates and fishing-related mortality rates. If you catch a tagged fish (pictured below) in Cowichan Lake, whether you release it or keep it (if regulations allow), RETAIN THE TAG to collect your reward. If you are releasing the fish, either by choice or because of regulation, you can clip the tag near the base, with scissors or nail clippers, and call the number on the tag to claim your $100 reward.
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