The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC (FFSBC) owns and operates five major fish hatcheries located in Duncan, Abbotsford, Summerland, Clearwater, and Fort Steele, a trout distribution centre in Prince George, and nine egg collection stations situated in various locations throughout the province. Together the hatcheries produce over eight million trout, char, and kokanee salmon each year, and stock about 800 waterbodies to support recreational fishing.
The sport fishing stocking program extends to less than ten percent of provincial lakes. It supports fifty percent of all fishing activity on lakes and up to ninety percent in some regions. In addition, we currently support three conservation fish culture programs that assist with the restoration of endangered white sturgeon in the Kootenay, Columbia, and Nechako Rivers.
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The FFSBC operates three Visitor Centres located in Abbotsford, Summerland, and Fort Steele. Visitors of all ages can enjoy getting a look at how a hatchery operates, see live fish in our aquaria displays, and learn about freshwater fish and their ecosystems.
Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, budding biologist, or simply want to share your love for angling with friends and family, there’s something for everyone at these fascinating learning centres.
Each Visitor Centre offers self-guided tours, guided tours and educational programs which vary by location. Our exciting, hands-on, and educational Learn to Fish program is available at our Visitor Centres in Abbotsford and Fort Steele.
Learn more about the hours of operation and program information for each Visitor Centre :