March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Last Updated May 18, 2020

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 physical distancing and to abide by the guidelines and recommendations of the PHO, which includes non-essential travel at this time. Please fish locally, stay safe, be kind to each other, and do your part so we can continue to enjoy our local lakes and streams.      

Fishing in BC Parks and Recreation Sites and Trails Locations

BC Parks and Recreation Sites and Trails BC that can accommodate physical distancing reopened for day use only on May 14. The re-opening of parks and recreation sites gives anglers more locations to fish and should help reduce congestion at boat launches.
Please consult the Recreation Sites and Trails BC and BC Parks websites to confirm openings and guidelines prior to heading out for a day of fishing. Parks that attract large crowds will remain closed until it is safe to reopen at a later date.

Camping will be permitted within most BC Parks and Recreation Sites and Trails BC locations starting June 1.

Angling and Boat Launch Safety

To keep yourself and others safe:

  • Fish locally
  • 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
  • Stay home if you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms
  • Continue practicing physical distancing 

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

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 Fraser Valley, Kootenay and Clearwater fishing ponds are included in this closure.

Learn to Fish and Outreach Programs

We have made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend all programs and birthday parties, beginning March 16, 2020.

We reached out to everyone who registered for a program via email or phone regarding cancellations, and will not be taking new bookings until further notice. 

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 spring hatchery operations. The lake stocking program started in early March and will continue through into June. Please use the fish stocking reports tool on our website to stay up-to-date on the latest releases.

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.