GVA Stocked Lakes Trout Fishing

I often get the question online or from friends directly and it goes like this: “I’m new to fishing where can I start fishing around Vancouver?” My answer typically points people to our local Rainbow Trout stocked lakes here in the greater Vancouver area and the Fraser Valley.

This tip page outlines the most popular stocked lakes in the greater Vancouver area and some of the Fraser Valley area. If you click the red indicator on each lake there is additional info like lake access, available species, dock information, etc. Additionally, this tip includes information on my favorite trout techniques and setups (linked tip page). I hope this is a helpful resource and gets you out fishing. Cheers! Jesse

Como Lake

Primary Fishing species: Rainbow Trout

Best Fishing Time: March to June, September to December

Boat Accessibility: Yes – Inflatables and small Aluminum’s

Wheelchair Accessible and 2 fishing docks

Lafarge Lake

Primary Fishing species: Rainbow Trout

Best Fishing Time: March to June, September to December

There are 2 fishing docks

Boat Accessibility: Yes – Inflatables and small Aluminum’s

 

Buntzen Lake

Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Dolly Varden

Best Fishing Time: March to June, September to November

Boat Accessibility: Yes – Inflatable, Aluminum Pram (recommend an Electric Motor because of lake size)

Other Accessibility: Trails around the lake and 3 fishing docks. 

Sasamat Lake

Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout

Best Fishing Times: March to June, September to November

Boat Accessibility: Yes – Inflatable

Other Accessibility: Walking trails around the lake and 1 floating fishing dock. 

Rice Lake

Fish Species: Rainbow Trout

Best Fishing Times: April to June, September to November

Boat Accessibility: No boats or inflatables allowed

Other Accessibility: Trail around the lake offers a number of fishing spots and there is 1 large fishing dock

Green Timbers Lake

Fish Species: Rainbow Trout

Best Fishing Times: March to June, September to December

Accessibility: The Willow Trail allows a number of access points around the lake. 

Mike Lake

Fish Species: Rainbow Trout

Best Fishing Times: April to June, September to November

Boat Accessibility: Yes – Inflatable

Other Accessibility: There is one small dock and the lake is not easy to access by hiking around.

Mill Lake

Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass & Sunfish

Best Fishing Times: March to June, September to December

Boat Accessibility: Yes -Inflatable

Other Accessibility: 1 Fishing dock and path that goes around the lake (on north east side of lake there the wooden path that goes over water and acts somewhat like a dock).

Rolley Lake

Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat trout and brown Bullhead

Best Fishing Times: March to June, September to December

Boat Accessibility: Yes – Inflatable

Other Accessibility: There is a trail to hike around the lake for a number of fishing access points.

Deer Lake

Fishing species: Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Sunfish & Carp

Best Fishing Time: March to June, September to December

Boat Accessibility: Yes – Inflatables and small Aluminum’s

Other Accessibility: There are 2 fishing docks and a path that goes around the entire lake offering a number of fishing locations. 

How to Setup your Fishing Gear

If you need some help rigging up the fishing gear or have no idea where to start, definitely start with our very popular tip page: Basic Lake and Pond Fishing Setups. This has a number of easy to follow diagrams and helpful breakdowns on how to fish for these stocked Rainbow trout.

Quick Fishing Tips to get you going

Here are a few quick tips to think about when fishing for these stocked Rainbow Trout:

  1. First light and last light are the best times to fish
  2. Look for fish activity on the water surface, if fishing are jumping or there is any activity on the water consider throwing spinners, spoons or a float with bait (not too deep). If you’re seeing very little fish activity on the water, consider using a bottom rig or float with bait (but fishing very deep).
  3. Favorite baits for these fish are worms, krill, chunks of shrimp/prawn and single salmon eggs. Try combining some of these baits if the fish are not cooperating, something different like that might trigger a bite.
  4. Best times of the year to fish these lakes are typically from March to June and September to November. In July & August with the heat the fish tend to go deeper and are harder to catch. 
Rainbow Trout in stocked pond

Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC

These local lakes are managed and stocked by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC (FFSBC). They are a great place to take the kids or for anyone who is looking for a bent rod. The FFSBC usually starts their stocking program in early Spring (mid-late March) and continue until late November. The stocked fish aren’t giants but can be eager biters and make for a lot of fun!

Where to buy your BC Fishing License for Lakes (non-tidal waters)

Non-Tidal Fishing Licenses are required to fish these local fresh water lakes. You can purchase the non-tidal fishing licenses on the BC Recreational Freshwater Fishing License page. The licenses go from April 1 to March 31, so if it’s the end of March you might want to wait until April 1st to buy. Lastly, please note that this license does not include tidal fishing (Ocean and tidal river sections). That is a completely different license provided by Fisheries & Oceans Canada.

Fishing Gear

If you’re looking for fishing tackle recommendations see the gear below, these will help you get started or add to your lake fishing arsenal. Tight Lines!

Floats, Lines & Other Gear

Trout Magnet Ultimate Bundle - 85 Piece Neon Grub Kit, 350 yd Trout S.O.S. Spool, 100% Fluorocarbon Phantom Leader Line, and 4 E-Z Trout Floats
Trout Magnet E-Z Trout Float, 4-Pack
Seaguar Red Label Fluorocarbon 200 yards Fishing Line (4-Pounds)
Power Pro Spectra Fiber Braided Fishing Line, Moss Green, 300YD/50LB
Water Gremlin Removable Split Shot Pro Pack, 48ea/BB, 36ea/3/0, 16ea/7, 12ea/5, 12ea/4, Multi
Trout Magnet Ultimate Bundle - 85 Piece Neon Grub Kit, 350 yd Trout S.O.S. Spool, 100% Fluorocarbon Phantom Leader Line, and 4 E-Z Trout Floats
Trout Magnet E-Z Trout Float, 4-Pack
Seaguar Red Label Fluorocarbon 200 yards Fishing Line (4-Pounds)
Power Pro Spectra Fiber Braided Fishing Line, Moss Green, 300YD/50LB
Water Gremlin Removable Split Shot Pro Pack, 48ea/BB, 36ea/3/0, 16ea/7, 12ea/5, 12ea/4, Multi
Trout Magnet Ultimate Bundle - 85 Piece Neon Grub Kit, 350 yd Trout S.O.S. Spool, 100% Fluorocarbon Phantom Leader Line, and 4 E-Z Trout Floats
Trout Magnet Ultimate Bundle - 85 Piece Neon Grub Kit, 350 yd Trout S.O.S. Spool, 100% Fluorocarbon Phantom Leader Line, and 4 E-Z Trout Floats
Trout Magnet E-Z Trout Float, 4-Pack
Trout Magnet E-Z Trout Float, 4-Pack
Seaguar Red Label Fluorocarbon 200 yards Fishing Line (4-Pounds)
Seaguar Red Label Fluorocarbon 200 yards Fishing Line (4-Pounds)
Power Pro Spectra Fiber Braided Fishing Line, Moss Green, 300YD/50LB
Power Pro Spectra Fiber Braided Fishing Line, Moss Green, 300YD/50LB
Water Gremlin Removable Split Shot Pro Pack, 48ea/BB, 36ea/3/0, 16ea/7, 12ea/5, 12ea/4, Multi
Water Gremlin Removable Split Shot Pro Pack, 48ea/BB, 36ea/3/0, 16ea/7, 12ea/5, 12ea/4, Multi

Lures & Hooks

Gamakatsu 25 Pack Octopus Hook (Black, 4), (Model: 02408-25)
Gamakatsu Baitholder Hook - Bronze Size 2
Blue Fox Classic Vibrax 03 Plated 1/4 (Silver/Silver, Size- 2.63)
Panther Martin 2PMR-G Regulars
South Bend SBKAW14 Kastaway Trophy Pack 1/4 Oz,Multi
Gamakatsu 25 Pack Octopus Hook (Black, 4), (Model: 02408-25)
Gamakatsu Baitholder Hook - Bronze Size 2
Blue Fox Classic Vibrax 03 Plated 1/4 (Silver/Silver, Size- 2.63)
Panther Martin 2PMR-G Regulars
South Bend SBKAW14 Kastaway Trophy Pack 1/4 Oz,Multi
Gamakatsu 25 Pack Octopus Hook (Black, 4), (Model: 02408-25)
Gamakatsu 25 Pack Octopus Hook (Black, 4), (Model: 02408-25)
Gamakatsu Baitholder Hook - Bronze Size 2
Gamakatsu Baitholder Hook - Bronze Size 2
Blue Fox Classic Vibrax 03 Plated 1/4 (Silver/Silver, Size- 2.63)
Blue Fox Classic Vibrax 03 Plated 1/4 (Silver/Silver, Size- 2.63)
Panther Martin 2PMR-G Regulars
Panther Martin 2PMR-G Regulars
South Bend SBKAW14 Kastaway Trophy Pack 1/4 Oz,Multi
South Bend SBKAW14 Kastaway Trophy Pack 1/4 Oz,Multi

Rods & Reels

Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod
St. Croix TRS66MLF2 Triumph 2-Piece Graphite Spinning Fishing Rod with Cork Handle, 6-feet 6-inches
PENN Fierce III Reel
Penn 1338215 Battle II 1000 Spinning Fishing Reel
Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod
St. Croix TRS66MLF2 Triumph 2-Piece Graphite Spinning Fishing Rod with Cork Handle, 6-feet 6-inches
PENN Fierce III Reel
Penn 1338215 Battle II 1000 Spinning Fishing Reel
Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod
Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod
St. Croix TRS66MLF2 Triumph 2-Piece Graphite Spinning Fishing Rod with Cork Handle, 6-feet 6-inches
St. Croix TRS66MLF2 Triumph 2-Piece Graphite Spinning Fishing Rod with Cork Handle, 6-feet 6-inches
PENN Fierce III Reel
PENN Fierce III Reel
Penn 1338215 Battle II 1000 Spinning Fishing Reel
Penn 1338215 Battle II 1000 Spinning Fishing Reel

 

Fishing Rice Lake with a Bottom Setup

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