December 10, 2020

2020 Lake Stocking Program: Year in Review

Despite the unique challenges 2020 presented, the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC was able to successfully deliver the annual provincial recreational stocking program.

Lake Stocking Program

Over the course of the year, we stocked 5.63 million rainbow trout, coastal cutthroat trout, eastern brook trout, and kokanee into 662 lakes across British Columbia.

Map courtesy of BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

Anadromous Fish Program

In partnership with the provincial and federal governments, we raised 311,431 steelhead smolts for release into six rivers in the Lower Mainland, and four rivers on Vancouver Island. Our Vancouver Island Trout Hatchery also released 15,306 anadromous coastal cutthroat trout into the Oyster and Quinsam rivers on Vancouver Island.

For a summary of the number of fish stocked into waterbodies in each region, click on the links below:

Vancouver Island (Region 1)
Lower Mainland (Region 2)

Thompson-Nicola (Region 3)

Kootenays (Region 4)

Cariboo (Region 5)

Skeena (Region 6)

Omineca (Region 7a)

Peace (Region 7b)

Okanagan (Region 8)

If you’re interested in learning more about the species and strains of fish we stock, check out the Stocked Strains section of our website.

How to Create Custom Reports Using the Stocking Report Tool

The Fish Stocking Report Tool on our website lets you create your own customized reports.
The Lake Report shows every stocking event/release for your selected waterbody (or waterbodies); the default date range is the most recent five years.
The Regional Report consolidates the data, providing a summary of the total number of fish stocked into each lake or stream in a region per year. The annual total for each species stocked in a region is also displayed at the bottom of the report.

How to Run a Lake Report


  1. Select Lake Report.
  2. Select Report Release Date. The default date range is the most recent five-year period. If you are looking for the latest update when your local lake was stocked, there is no need to adjust the dates. If you are searching for stocking events during a specific time period, you can modify the dates, but the range must be in five-year increments (or less). For example, January 1, 1995 – January 1, 2000.
  3. Select Your Location. You can choose to narrow your search to one or multiple Regions, Towns, or Waterbodies (lakes or rivers). If you select a Region, the Waterbody filter will only show lakes or rivers located in that region. If you do not make a selection, the report will show the latest stocked lakes in all regions of B.C.
  4. Select Your Fish Type. Use the Stock Species filter if you are interested in stocking events related to a particular species. Rainbow trout are the only species stocked into every region of the province. If you select Rainbow Trout, you also have the option to narrow your search further by selecting the strain.
  5. Click Generate Report. Results will appear in chronological order. On the report page, you have the ability to export the results as a CSV or PDF file.

How to Run a Regional Report

  1. Click Regional Report.
  2. Select the year for which you wish to see stocking totals.
  3. Select the region(s) for which you wish to see stocking totals.
  4. Click Generate Report. Results appear in alphabetical order. Each line of the report shows the total number of species and strains stocked into a waterbody for the selected year. The total number of stocked species for the region can be found at the bottom of the report.

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC thanks the 358,000 anglers who purchased a freshwater fishing licence this year. Your fees help fund the stocking program.

Author: Staff, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC
Images: Eiko Jones