February 1, 2020

Top Spots to Take the Kids Fishing this Spring

Longer days, warmer weather, and ice off have anglers eager to get their lines in the water. Whether you are staying at home or escaping with your family, here are our seven top spots to fish with kids. And since the goal of going fishing is to actually catch some fish, target the rainbow trout in all of these lakes by casting and retrieving a spoon or a spinner, or use bait suspended beneath a fishing float.

Durrance Lake (near Victoria)
Durrance Lake is a great spot for a daytrip, with picnic areas, an easy hike that circles the lake, and a dock to fish for stocked catchable-sized rainbow trout.

Colliery Dams (Nanaimo)
At the three Colliery Dams lakes, there is great shore fishing for rainbow trout which the Society stocks in the spring and fall. If you have a stroller or mobility issues, parking in the lot off Sixth and Wakesiah streets is the best. Here you will find washroom facilities, a park, and plenty of picnic sites.

Mike Lake (near Maple Ridge)
Located in Golden Ears Provincial Park, Mike Lake has a new fishing dock, as well as an easy walking trail that takes you around the lake. Camping is not allowed at Mike Lake, but in the park you can reserve a site at one of three large campgrounds using the Discover Camping website. The Society stocks Mike Lake with catchable-sized rainbow trout each spring and autumn.

Lac Le Jeune (near Kamloops)
With its well-maintained boat launch and large fishing dock in the day-use area, Lac Le Jeune is extremely accessible for every type of angler. Lac Le Jeune is renowned for its excellent rainbow trout fishing, and it’s not uncommon to catch 1.5-kilogram specimens.  

Shannon Lake (West Kelowna)
Shannon Lake Regional Park lies in the heart of West Kelowna. The lake is accessible for both boat and shore anglers. 
Wasa Lake (near Cranbrook)
This lake has an abundance of invasive species like bass and perch that are easily caught by jigging a worm under a weight. On the eastern side of the lake, there is a large concrete boat launch, but anglers can shore fish from here as well. Campsite reservations at Wasa Lake Provincial Park can be made through the Discover Camping website. First-come, first-served sites are also available.   

Ten Mile Lake (Quesnel)
For day-trippers, Ten Mile Lake provides a picnic shelter, 10 kilometres of hiking trails, and a large fishing dock. For those looking to stay a while, there are easily accessible campsites that you can reserve using the Discover Camping website.

Ten Mile Lake is stocked with both rainbow trout and kokanee. Kokanee like deeper, cooler water. If you don’t have a fishfinder, try suspending bait off the bottom for a few minutes. If you don’t feel a bite, try moving your bait up a couple of feet at a time in the water column until you find fish. Luckily, kokanee tend to travel in schools, and once you have dialled in the depth where they are schooling, you are sure to land a few.

As always, before you head out for the weekend, make sure you have a freshwater fishing licence and that you have checked out the fishing regulations for your chosen lake.

Author: Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC Staff
Photo Credit: Steve Olson, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC & Justine Russo Photography