June 9, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Last Updated August 29, 2021

Fishing, and spending time outdoors in British Columbia, can be an appropriate activity for healthy individuals to engage in during this pandemic. To keep the transmission of COVID-19 low, we ask anglers to continue practicing safe distancing and to abide by the guidelines and recommendations of the PHO.

Keeping our Staff and Visitors Safe

To minimize the risk to our guests and staff, and to help reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, all Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC hatchery visitor centres are temporarily closed to the public.

The following hatchery visitor centres are closed effective March 16, 2020, until further notice.

  • Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery (Abbotsford, BC)
  • Summerland Trout Hatchery (Summerland, BC)
  • Kootenay Trout Hatchery (Fort Steele, BC)
  • Clearwater Trout Hatchery (Clearwater, BC)
  • Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre (Vanderhoof, BC)

Our Kootenay and Clearwater fishing ponds are not included in this closure and are open to the public, dawn - dusk each day. 

Learn to Fish and Outreach Programs

We are offering virtual Learn to Fish programs starting in 2021.

Community Groups and School Classes: 
We are happy to announce that as of June 1st, 2021 we are resuming in-person Learn to Fish sessions with restrictions and COVID-19 protocols in place. Please see our Events page for further details. 

Lake Stocking Program

Our hatcheries are closed to the public to help keep fish culturists safe.  We've added enhanced cleaning and physical distancing protocols at all locations so we can meet provincial stocking requests and continue with our regular hatchery operations. Please use the fish stocking reports tool on our website to stay up-to-date on the latest releases.

Angling and Boat Launch Safety

To keep yourself and others safe:

  • Launch one boat at a time and give others enough space to launch safely
  • Be prepared to wait until spaces open up or change plans if launch sites appear congested
  • When parking, leave enough space between vehicles to allow for physical distancing
  • Bring your own Clean Trip Kit (hand sanitizer, protective gloves and toilet paper)
  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently

For more information, visit the provincial government's Orders and Guidance for Fishing and Hunting webpage.

COVID-19 Updates

The Freshwater Fisheries Society is committed to delivering the provincial freshwater fish culture program and to ensuring our employees stay healthy and safe. For updates, please continue to monitor our website or sign-up for our newsletter

Thank you for your understanding and continued support. Please look after yourselves and each other.