New Docks Make Fishing Access Easier

Thanks to the installation of new fishing docks around the province, B.C. anglers will be able to enjoy easier and more frequent access to fishing. Since 2015, docks have been installed in 17 communities where fishing from docks was previously unavailable, or fishing from shore was poor.  Now everyone – from avid anglers who want to fit in a quick hour of fishing, to new anglers who don’t have access to a boat – will be able to enjoy good fishing on more lakes.

As of April 1, 2015, under a new agreement with the provincial government, the Society receives 100% of fishing licence revenue to invest in infrastructure and services to support freshwater fishing in B.C. – like new fishing docks. Improved access to popular fishing spots and stocked lakes supports the Society’s goal to reduce barriers to angling, resulting in greater participation in the sport. It also leaves a legacy for current and future anglers, and dovetails nicely with the Society’s stocking, Rod Loan, and Learn to Fish programs.


Jim Smith Lake dock

New docks have been placed over fish-attracting shoals or drop-off areas at lakes near urban centres and in regional and provincial parks throughout the province. To see if one of these new docks, or an existing dock, is located at a stocked lake near you, visit our Where to Fish map and select the Dock filter. In addition to the 45+ docks shown on the map, we've also helped install docks on lakes we don't stock, such as Little Heffley and Spectrum.

Docks installed in 2015
Poirier Lake in Sooke
Tunkwa Lake near Kamloops
Jim Smith Lake near Cranbrook
Ten Mile Lake near Quesnel
Reservoir Lake near Williams Lake
Ross Lake near Hazelton
Eena Lake near Prince George
Shane Lake in Prince George
Shannon Lake in West Kelowna
Echo Lake near Campbell River


Eena Lake dock

Docks installed in 2016
Wilgress Lake near Grand Forks
Mike Lake near Maple Ridge
Little Heffley Lake near Sun Peaks
Battleship Lake near Campbell River


Wilgress Lake dock

Docks installed in 2017
Idlewild Lake in Cranbrook
Weaver Lake near Harrison
Spectrum Lake near Vernon
Alces Lake in Canal Flats


Spectrum Lake dock

These new fishing docks are a result of partnerships between the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, the B.C. Government, local governments, fishing clubs, and every angler whose freshwater fishing licence fees contribute to the dock program.

“Adding dock access to lakes around the province is an exciting step for us in removing barriers for people wishing to enjoy the angling experience,” noted Dana Atagi, Vice-President, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. “A dock allows people to be catching fish in less time and with less expense, and we hope more people will give it a try.”

Author: Staff, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC
Photo Credits: Dana Atagi, Tanya Laird & Ian McGregor