BC Fishing Freshwater Regulation Exceptions for Region 2 (Lower Mainland)

These are the BC freshwater fishing regulation exceptions for 2019-2021. There are both provincial and regional regulations, these are the exceptions to these regulations. If you’re uncertain of the regulations on a water body (or can’t find it on this map) please see the BC Fish and Wildlife page. Additionally, for the in-season regulation changes, those can be found on the Freshwater Fishery Notice page

Alice Lake

Management Unit: 2-7

No powered boats.

Alouette Lake

Management Unit: 2-8

Bull trout (char) release.

No vessels in swimming areas, as buoyed and signed; speed restriction (8 km/h) at S. end of lake, S. of a line drawn from the BC Parks boat ramp to signs on the E. side of the lake.

 

Alouette River

Management Unit: 2-8

No Fishing upstream of the fishing boundary signs near the Alouette River Unit of the Corrections Branch.

No Fishing upstream of 216th St. (including North Alouette River), May 1-June 30.

No powered boats on mainstem.

Alpha Lake

Management Unit: 2-9

Electric motors only

Alta Lake

Management Unit: 2-9

No Fishing Dec 1-Mar 31; release all fish; bait ban, single barbless hook; speed restriction (12 km/h)

Ashlu Creek

Management Unit: 2-6

Bait ban; release all steelhead

Bear Lake

Management Unit: 2-18

No powered boats

Bear Lake Creek

Management Unit: 2-18

No Fishing May 1-June 30

Birkenhead Lake

Management Unit: 2-11

Bull trout (char) release

Brem River

Management Unit: 2-13

No Fishing from the upstream edge of falls (situated approximately 1.5 km from the river’s mouth) to a point 100 m downstream.

Brothers Lake

Management Unit: 2-8

No powered boats

Brunette River

Management Unit: 2-8

No Fishing from Cariboo Dam to Salamander Creek; release all steelhead

Brunette River Tributaries: No Fishing

Burnaby Lake

Management Unit: 2-8

No powered boats

Burnaby Lake Tributaries: No fishing

Capilano River

Management Unit: 2-8

No Fishing upstream of fishing boundary signs at footbridge situated approximately 100 m downstream of the fish fence.

Bait ban, Aug 1-Oct 31; release all steelhead

For Fishing locations and detailed Capilano River Map click here

Chapman Creek

Management Unit: 2-5

No Fishing from the falls to 100 m downstream. The falls are located approximately 550 m upstream of the power line crossing.

Cheakamus River

Management Unit: 2-7

Bait ban; release all steelhead

Cheam Lake

Management Unit: 2-3

No Fishing

Cheekye River

Management Unit: 2-7

No Fishing (including Brohm Creek)

Chehalis Lake

Management Unit: 2-3

No wild trout / char over 50 cm

Chehalis Lake Tributaries 2-19 No Fishing

Chehalis River

Management Unit: 2-19

No Fishing from fishing boundary signs at the outlet of Chehalis Lake to the main logging road bridge situated approximately 2.4 km

No Fishing downstream of the main logging road bridge situated approximately 2.4 km downstream of Chehalis Lake, May 1-31

Hatchery steelhead daily quota = 1

Chilliwack Lake

Management Unit: 2-4

No wild trout/char over 50 cm

Chilliwack / Vedder River

Note: Does not include Sumas River. 

Management Unit: 2-4

No Fishing upstream of and including Slesse Creek.

Downstream of Slesse Creek to Vedder Crossing bridge: (a) No Fishing May 1-June 30; (b) hatchery rainbow trout of any length
50 cm or less: daily quota = 4, July 1 – Apr 30.

Downstream of Vedder Crossing bridge: (a) fly fishing only, bait ban, hatchery rainbow trout release (50 cm or less), and hatchery
cutthroat release, May 1-31; (b) No Fishing June 1-30; (c) hatchery rainbow trout of any length 50 cm or less:
daily quota = 4, July 1-Apr 30.

Hatchery steelhead daily quota = 1

For Fishing locations and detailed Chilliwack / Vedder River Map click here

 

 

 

Coquihalla River

Management Unit: 2-17

No Fishing Nov 1 – June 30, fly fishing only and bait ban Upstream of the northern entrance to the upper most railway tunnel:

No Fishing downstream of the southern entrance to the lower most railway tunnel, Apr 1-Oct 31

Trout/char (including steelhead) release and bait ban, downstream of the southern entrance to the lower most railway tunnel, Nov 1-Mar 31. 

No Fishing at Othello Tunnels from the northern entrance to the upper most railway tunnel to the southern entrance of the lower most tunnel; approximately 700 m length.

Coquitlam River

Management Unit: 2-8

No Fishing upstream of Mary Hill Bypass bridge, May 1-June 30.

Hatchery trout daily quota = 2 (20-30 cm only), from Lougheed Highway bridge to Mary Hill Bypass bridge, July 1-Oct 15.

No powered boats on parts.

Como Lake

Management Unit: 2-8

Trout / char daily quota = 2

Cougar Canyon Creek

Management Unit: 2-4

No Fishing

Cranberry Lake

Management Unit: 2-12

No powered boats

Cultus Lake

Management Unit: 2-3

No wild trout/char over 50 cm; no vessels on parts; speed restriction (5 km/h) at north end, as buoyed and signed.

Invasive Bass Presence in Cultus Lake

Bass have been caught and documented in Cultus lake and are an aggressive piscivore (preys on other fish species). Fisheries are concerned that these fish may potentially impact the two listed species in Cultus Lake (sockeye salmon and pygmy sculpin). As such, Fisheries are asking for angler assistance to:

  • Provide any information related to the presence of bass in Cultus Lake;
  • Confirm species (large vs. smallmouth bass); and
  • If you catch a bass, DO NOT return it to the water. Instead, please record, report, and provide fish specimen captures to the staff listed below.

Confirmation of species and extent of distribution are key at this point. Any assistance you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Please see the Smallmouth Bass factsheet here and Largemouth Bass factsheet here for more information on these invasive species. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Contact: Colin Schwindt, FLNRORD Senior Aquatic Biologist, South Coast Region.
Phone: 604-586-4400
EmailColin.Schwindt@gov.bc.ca or FLNRORD Fish and Aquatic Wildlife Mailbox: SCFishandAquaticWildlife@gov.bc.ca

You can also report by the Report-Invasives BC phone app or the BC Conservation Officer Services Hotline (RAPP line): 1-877-952-7277.

Davis Lake

Management Unit: 2-8

No powered boats

Deer Lake

Management Unit: 2-8

Trout/char daily quota = 2; no powered boats

Foley Lake

Management Unit: 2-3

Electric motors only

Francis Lake

No powered boats

Fraser River

Dead fin fish may be used for bait only when fishing for sturgeon.

No Fishing in the area bounded by a line commencing at a fishing boundary sign located at the eastern end of Landstrom Bar
(Scale Bar) to a fishing boundary sign on the opposite bank of the river, thence to a fishing boundary sign at the southern end of
Croft Island, thence to a fishing boundary sign on the nearest bank of the river in a westerly direction, thence following the bank
of the river in a westerly direction to the Point of Commencement, May 1-Oct 31.

No Fishing in the non-tidal portion of the Fraser River in Region 2 (upstream of CPR bridge at Mission) from one hour after sunset
to one hour before sunrise.

No Fishing in the Jesperson’s Side Channel, Herrling Side Channel, and Seabird Island north Side Channel May 15-July 31. See
(http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/#Synopsis) for a map of the No Fishing areas.

Boats less than 20 m in length, under power or anchored, must not impede the passage of commercial vessels.

For Fishing locations and detailed Fraser River Map click here

Garden Bay Lake

Electric motors only

Goat Lake

No Fishing Nov 1-Mar 31

Grace Lake

No powered boats

Green Timbers Lake

Trout/char daily quota = 2

Harrison Lake

No wild trout/char over 50 cm; speed restriction (10 km/h) at south end, as buoyed and signed

Harrison River

Location: from the Fraser River upstream to Harrison Lake.

No Fishing from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise, tributaries not included

Dead fin fish may be used for bait only when fishing for sturgeon (see p. 9 in the Provincial Regulations).

Speed restriction or no powered boats in small bays along the river as signed.

Haslam Lake

Electric motors only

Hatzic Lake & Slough

No Fishing for Sturgeon in Hatzic Lake.

Speed restriction on parts (8 and 50 km/h).

Hicks Lake

Engine power restriction – 7.5 kW (10 hp)

Hotel Lake

Electric motors only

Indian River

Bait ban, Dec 1-Sept 30

Jones Lake (Wahleach Lake)

WAHLEACH (“Jones”) LAKE 2-3 Trout daily quota = 4 (one over 40 cm)

WAHLEACH (“Jones”) LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES 2-3 No Fishing

Kawkawa Creek

No Fishing May 1-June 30

No Fishing from Cliff Park Falls to 112th Ave

Kawkawa Lake

No Fishing Dec 1-Feb 28

Kokanee daily quota = 4

Khartoum Lake

Wild Trout/char daily quota = 2 (none 40 cm or more), hatchery rainbow trout (adipose fin removed with healed scar).

Klein Lake

Electric motors only.

Wheelchair accessible

Kokomo Lake

Electric motors only

Lafarge Lake

Trout/char daily quota = 2

Levette Lake

Electric motors only

Lightning Lake (Manning Park)

No powered boats

Lillooet Lake & Lillooet River

Management Unit: 2-10

No wild trout/char over 50 cm

Management Unit: 2-9

Because regional quotas and gear restrictions are different in lakes and streams, please note: The channel between Lillooet Lake and
Little Lillooet Lake is part of the Lillooet R. This channel starts at the southern end of Lillooet Lake where it is defined by the point of land
on the west side and by a sign immediately across the channel and next to the main logging road on the east. Little Lillooet Lake’s lower
boundary is approximately 1 km upstream of Billygoat Creek (see map on page 26 and Little Lillooet Lake’s entry below)

Little Lillooet Lake

Trout/char release; single barbless hook

Liumchen Creek

No Fishing downstream of the lower falls

Lost Lake

Electric motors only

Lynn Creek

No Fishing between fishing boundary signs situated approximately 200 m upstream of and 150 m downstream of Twin Falls Bridge.

Bait ban (mainstem only).

Mamquam River

Bait ban; release all steelhead

Mike Lake

No powered boats

Mill Lake

Trout/char daily quota = 2; Bass daily quota = 4; ∞ Wheelchair accessible: paved path to dock with rails.

Minnekhada Marsh

No Fishing.

Mixal Lake

No powered boats

Morgan Lake

Trout/char release, bait ban, single barbless hook

Nicomekl River

No Fishing upstream of 208th St. (Berry Road); No Fishing downstream of 208th St., Apr 1-June 30.

No Fishing downstream of 208th St., from 21:00 hrs to 05:00 hrs each day Aug 1-Dec 31.

No angling from powered boats upstream of dyke gates, no towing on parts, speed restriction (15 km/h).

Nicomen Slough

Speed restriction on parts (8 km/h)

Nita Lake

Electric motors only

North Alouette River

No Fishing upstream of 216th St. (Fifth Ave), May 1-June 30

No powered boats

 

Pitt Lake

No wild trout/char over 50 cm.

North of fishing boundary signs (on the E. and W. shores) near the head of the lake: wild trout/char release and single barbless hook.

Pitt River

No Fishing within Garibaldi Park; speed restriction at Grant Narrows (10 km/h).

Bait ban upstream of Pitt Lake.

No Fishing in the Lower Pitt River (CPR bridge upstream to Pitt Lake) from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise (tributaries not included).

Powell Lake

No Fishing Nov 1-Mar 31; No powered boats in One Mile Bay.

Rice Lake

Trout/char daily quota = 2;

Wheelchair accessible: excellent path system; see gate attendant for access.

YouTube Video Rainbow Trout Fishing at Rice Lake: VIDEO HERE.

Ross Lake

No Fishing Nov 1-June 30

Native char release (bull trout and Dolly Varden), trout daily quota = 1 (none under 40 cm), brook trout daily quota = 5; bait ban; single barbless hook.

Note: Boundary between Ross Lake and Skagit River is marked by signs

Ruby Lake

No Fishing in the outlet bay within 100 m of the head of Ruby Creek.

Wild cutthroat trout daily quota = 2 (none 40 cm or more).

 

Sakinaw Lake

No fishing easterly of a line drawn from a boundary sign located at the north side of the Sakinaw Lake boat launch southwesterly.

No Fishing in “Bear Bay”, easterly of a line drawn from a boundary sign located at 49o 40.05’N and 124o 02.13’W due south to a boundary sign on the opposite shore, Nov 1-Dec 31.

Kokanee release

Sardis Park Pond

Youth/Disabled Accompanied Water year round.

Youth/Disabled Accompanied Waters: Authorized Angler… A person that is under 16 years of age or a disabled resident. Companion… A person who accompanies and attends an authorized angler. A person must not angle in a Youth/Disabled Accompanied Water unless the person is an authorized angler or a companion to an authorized angler. An authorized angler can be accompanied by up to two companion anglers.

Sasamat Lake

No powered boats, May 1-Sept 30; electric motors only, Oct 1-Apr 30

Sayres Lake

Trout/char daily quota = 2, bait ban, single barbless hook.

Electric motors only.

Schkam Lake (Lake of the Woods)

Electric motors only

Serpentine River

No Fishing upstream of 168th St. at Bothwell Park.

No Fishing downstream of 168th St. at Bothwell Park, Apr 1-June 30.

Downstream of 168th St. at Bothwell Park: No Fishing only from 21:00 hours to 05:00 hours each day, Aug 1-Dec 31

No angling from powered boats upstream of dyke gates.

Seymour River

No Fishing downstream of Seymour Lake.

Silver Lake (Silverhope)

No Fishing Dec 1-April 31; release all fish, bait ban, single barbless hook

Skagit River

Boundary between Skagit River and Ross Lake is marked by signs.

No Fishing Nov 1-June 30.

Release all fish; bait ban.

Squamish River

Bait ban; release all steelhead

Squamish River Tributaries: No Fishing tributaries EXCEPT: Ashlu Creek, Cheakamus, Elaho and Mamquam Rivers, and the Squamish Powerhouse Channel.

Squamish Powerhouse Channel: Bait ban; Squamish River tributary located upstream of Ashlu Creek.

Stave River

No Fishing in the Ruskin spawning channel, from the inlet near the dam downstream to the boat ramp crossing.

Stawamus River

Bait ban, Dec 1-Sept 30

Sumas River

Hatchery steelhead daily quota = 1

Sumallo River

Includes “Cedar” Lake, at Sunshine Valley.

No Fishing Nov 1-June 30.

Bait ban

 

Tamihi Creek

No Fishing downstream of the falls situated approximately 200 m upstream of Chilliwack River.

No Fishing upstream of the falls situated approximately 200 m upstream of Chilliwack River, May 1-June 30.

Waugh Lake

Electric motors only

Weaver Lake & Weaver Creek

No Fishing from fishing boundary signs at log booms on Weaver Lake downstream to where Sakwi Creek enters Weaver Creek.

Engine power restriction on Weaver Lake – 7.5 kW (10 hp).

Whonnock Lake

No powered boats

Widgeon Creek

No powered boats

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