August 9, 2021

How to Find a Fishing Buddy

While fishing can be a great solo sport, sometimes we want to share the thrill of a catch with a fellow angler. And when your family and friends are not quite as “hooked” on the sport as you are, where can you find new faces to go fishing with? On this page, we suggest a few avenues you can explore to find your next fishing buddy.
 
Fishing Clubs in British Columbia    
 
There are many clubs in B.C. that are dedicated solely to freshwater fishing, and others that focus on both hunting and fishing. Members are usually more than willing to share their knowledge and expertise with new club members, and most clubs have scheduled group meet-ups. 
 
Vancouver Island

Lower Mainland

Thompson-Nicola

Kootenays

Cariboo

Northern B.C.

Okanagan

Don’t see your club listed above? Send an e-mail to fish@gofishbc.com.
 
Use Social Media to Find a Fishing Buddy
 
Social media is a fantastic platform for connecting with other anglers. Some popular Facebook groups include:

Join a Fishing Lesson or Guided Trip
 
Lessons and guided trips are another way to widen your circle of angling friends. Learn a new skill, and connect with other anglers who are at the same point in their fishing journey as you.

  • Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC – Learn to Fish lessons – Adult Programs (available periodically)
  • Visit your local fishing tackle store for recommendations on classes and workshops in your area
  • Join a guided fishing trip - List of fishing experience providers

Teach a Friend How to Fish

Of course, you can always teach a friend or family member how to fish, and reel them into the sport alongside you. The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has a number of resources to support beginners, including:

Try the above options, and you’ll be sure to find a friend or two to join you on your next fishing trip. Do you have other suggestions for ways to meet fellow fishing enthusiasts? We’d love to hear from you! Send an e-mail to fish@gofishbc.com
 
 
Author: Jessica Greinke, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC