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May Fishing Update

With mild water temperatures and agreeable weather, May and June are some of the best months of the year to go fishing. During May, fly anglers should be looking to match the hatch, and can find success with chironomid, mayfly, shrimp, and leech patterns. See the chart below as a guide for which patterns to use during each month of the year (click the thumbnail to enlarge).
For anglers using spinning rods, casting and retrieving lures works well, as does using baits beneath a fishing float or with a bottom-fishing set-up. If you are targeting the catchable-sized rainbow trout that we release into lakes, remember: since these fish only weigh about 230 grams, use lighter lures (spinners weighing 1/16-ounce or less) and smaller hooks (#4 to #6) for your best chance of success.
B.C.'s 22nd Annual Family Fishing Weekend

B.C.'s Family Fishing Weekend is an annual celebration of fishing that coincides with the Father’s Day weekend each year. In 2021, this falls on June 18th to 20th. During the three-day event, residents of Canada (individuals who have lived in Canada for the preceding 12 months) can go fishing without a licence.

2021 Events

Family Fishing Webinar Series
Due to COVID-19, in-person Family Fishing Weekend events have been suspended. As an alternative, we are excited to announce that we have partnered with the B.C. Wildlife Federation to offer a FREE Family Fishing Webinar Series that will get you ready to go fishing on BC's Family Fishing Weekend. The series includes Learn to Fish lessons, lure and fly-tying workshops, door prizes, and more! 
Date: June 12, 2021, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Virtual event presented through Zoom. 
Cost: Free
Registration: All participants must pre-register HERE. 
We're Hiring!

Position: Administrative and Outreach Clerk (Part-Time)
Location: Kootenay Trout Hatchery, Fort Steele
Closing Date: May 21, 2021

Position: Senior Fish Culture Technician
Location: Kootenay Trout Hatchery, Fort Steele
Closing Date: May 28, 2021

Position: Senior Fish Culture Technician
Location: Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery, Abbotsford
Closing Date: May 28, 2021
Lake Stocking Update

So far this spring, hatchery staff have been busy releasing trout, char and kokanee into lakes in the following regions:

Virtual Learn to Fish Programs

Join us from the comfort of your living room for a free online Learn to Fish Program, and learn the basics of freshwater fishing. For children over five years of age and their families.
Summer Fishing Challenge!
Go fishing, record your trips, enter to win!
For kids 15 and under.
Go fishing five times – win a fishing-tackle package. 
Catch a fish on five different fishing trips – win a Blue Fox fishing rod and reel from Luhr Jensen.
Visit the site to download your free fishing journal and find out how to participate!
Lake of the Month
Dugan Lake, 150 Mile House
Depth map for Durrance Lake. Click to enlarge.
Stocking: Report
World-class freshwater fishing and quiet, uncrowded lakes await you in the Cariboo. Dugan Lake has camping facilities and a fishing dock. Drop a line and try for one of the brook or rainbow trout stocked into the lake each spring.
Access: Durrance Lake is nine kilometres north of 150 Mile House. View on Google Maps.
Water-Specific Regulations: None. Also see the provincial and regional regulations.
Scholarship Applications Close May 31, 2021

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC annually awards up to four scholarships, each with a value of up to $1,500. These scholarships are available to students enrolled in a fish-culture or fisheries management program within a recognized post-secondary educational institution in British Columbia. For application details, please visit our website.
B.C. Angler Resources