November 5, 2021

2021 Go Fish BC Photo Contest Winners

Thank you to all those who submitted photographs in the 2021 Go Fish BC Photo Contest. We received over 500 photos of anglers' first catches, best fishing buddies, and memorable moments on the lake. 

Congratulations to the winners, who each receive a share of the $1,575 in cash prizes. You can view their winning shots below:

Category 1: Luck on the Lake – for photos of anglers in action on lakes in B.C.

1st Place: Robert Togado. "CJ stoked with his personal best. Shuswap, B.C."

2nd Place: Jesse Seniunas. "Great catches and even better smiles in Northern British Columbia."

3rd Place: Nicholas Luckwell. "First time out fly fishing, third fish of her life and it’s an 8 lb rainbow on a 5wt. Fall fishing in the Cariboo at its finest."

Category 2: Fishing Buddies – for photos of your fishing buddy in action, whether it be a family member, friend, or pet.

1st Place: Dana Harrison. "This is a shot of my friend Jake. We hadn't seen each other for two years due to life and COVID-19. Slept in the back of our trucks and woke up the next day to fish. Had a great day. This was shot in the East Kootenays."

2nd Place: Glenn Gerbrandt. "Eagle outfishing my good friends on a beautiful lake in the Williams Lake area of B.C."


3rd Place: Michaela Rhees. "Sturgeon fishing in September with the girls from the BC Women’s Fly Fishing Group in Chilliwack, B.C."

Category 3: First Catch – for photos of a first catch - this can be first fish ever caught, first of a particular species caught, or first fish of the season. 

1st Place: Joe Lacuna. "First time fishing the tidal Fraser for pinks. "

2nd Place: Dustin Abbott. "First rainbow caught on a fly."

3rd Place: Casey McKinnon. "A photo from my first time fishing for sturgeon and pinks! A trip to remember on the Fraser out of Chilliwack."

Honourable Mentions

Selecting only nine winners from the many excellent submissions received this year was a tough task! Listed below are some of the honourable mentions - entries that our judges loved but that didn't quite make the podium. 

Jorden Murray. "You never forget your first bull ride! We spent a beautiful rainy Sunday in the Skagit Valley chasing these amazing creatures. High fives and good times!"

Chris Bowers. "The Duo. Lucas and Keegan. Long live the love to fish. Region 5​."

Alex Colby. "Fishing with a good friend. Double header! Vancouver Island."

Brian Host. "A picture taken on an unreal 50 fish day in region 5. Happened to have the camera ready when this 4lb trout came shooting out of the water right in front of my boat! I promise it is not PhotoShopped!!"

Jason Poole. "Chris Bowers with the fish of the day during a hail storm in region 5​."

Stefanie Schoenberger. "First fish on after getting married!" 

If you didn't win this year, be sure to try again next year: you never know what submission could come out on top. Be sure to follow our Instagram page, as we’ll be featuring the shortlisted photos throughout the year.