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Lakes of BC's Vancouver Lower Mainland Region

Hicks Lake, BC

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Alice Lake:  Located approximately 13 km (8 mi) north of the town of Squamish off Hwy #99. This popular lake supports a mixed fishery of Rainbow, Cutthroat and Dolly Varden. Rainbows are stocked annually but remain small and numerous.


Allouette Lake: This Fraser Valley lake is located only 13 km (8.1 mi) northeast of the small town of Maple Ridge. Although the number of fish are great, the large size and the great depth of the lake make sure there is not a large number caught. Rainbow average about 1 lb and Cutthroat can average 1 to 1-1/2 lbs Lake Char can reach 20 lbs or better at Allouette Lake.


Alta Lake: Alta Lake can be easily accessed from the city of Vancouver by travelling 120 km (72 mi) north on Hwy #99. Rainbow trout is the primary game fish averaging just under 1 lb Dolly Varden are also popular catches with some reaching up to 6 lbs or better at Alta Lake.


Brohm Lake: Brohm Lake is located within a couple of hours drive north of the city of Vancouver on scenic Hwy #99. It is 15 km (9.3 mi) north of the small town of Squamish. Good spring fishing for Rainbow trout and Cutthroat which usually average from 1/2 to 1 lb. Good numbers of Gammarus shrimp and Chironomids are present in Brohm Lake.


Buntzen Lake:  From the city of Vancouver, travel east on the Barnett Highway towards the town of Port Moody. Turn north and travel to the community of Ioco. Buntzen Lake is located 4 km (2.5 mi) north of Ioco on paved and good gravel road. Cutthroat usually reach to 2 lbs, while Rainbow are found from 1/2-1 lb at Buntzen Lake.


Callaghan Lake: Hwy #99 north from the city of Vancouver will take you to Callaghan Lake. The average size of the Rainbows is usually 1/2-1 lb, but can reach over 2 lbs at Callaghan Lake.


Cheakamus Lake: Cheakamus lies within the boundaries of Garibaldi Provincial Park found approximately 15 km (9.3 mi) south of the resort village of Whistler. Cheakamus supports a Rainbow fishery with trout reaching into the 1+ lb class. Dolly Varden char also inhabit Cheakamus Lake and are reported to grow to large sizes.


Chehalis Lake:  The 10 km (6 mi) long lake is reached by turning north off Hwy #7 at the community of Harrison Mills. Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden are the game fish in Chehalis Lake.


Chilliwack Lake:  Located in Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park, approximately 48 km (30 mi) southeast of the town of Chilliwack. Chilliwack is a large, deep lake which contains a variety of fish species. Rainbows average 1+ lbs while Dolly Varden and Cutthroat can reach into the 4-5 lb range at Chilliwack Lake.


Cultus Lake:  This popular recreational lake is located in Cultus Lake Provincial Park, 13 km. (8.1 mi.) south of the city of Chilliwack. Trout may reach over 3 lbs.


Dodd Lake:  From the ferry terminal at the town of Powell River, follow Highway #101 south to Lang Bay and then turn north along a gravel logging road. Average size for Cutthroat is around 1/2-1 lb however much larger have been caught at Dodd Lake.


Erroch Lake:  Lake Erroch is located on Hwy #7 between the community of Harrison Mills and the town of Mission. Lake Erroch is a very popular lake which provides a good fishery of Rainbow and Cutthroat.


Garibaldi Lake:  This large lake is located amidst the spectacular scenery of Garibaldi Provincial Park. The lake is reached by travelling north on Hwy #99 from the city of Vancouver and turning east into the park at the community of Garibaldi. Even with the late start for fishing - early July - the productivity of the lake remains good until the fall. There are reports of trout over 4 lbs but the average is usually around 1 lb at Garibaldi Lake.  


Green Lake: Green Lake is located along Hwy #99, 3 km (1.8 mi) north of the town of Whistler. Dolly Varden have been reported over 7 lbs while Rainbow have come in over 2 lbs at Green Lake.  


Harrison Lake: Harrison Lake can be found by travelling north on Hwy #9 from the town of Agassiz. Harrison contains a great variety of fish, however Cutthroat and Rainbows reaching up to 3 lbs.


Haslam Lake:  This large, long lake can be reached from the town of Powell River. Cutthroat are the main attraction and are reported to reach over 2 lbs in this productive lake.


Hatzic Lake: Hatzic can easily be found by travelling 6 km (3.7 mi) east of the town of Mission on Hwy #7. Not known as a great fishing lake, Hatzic does however support Rainbow, Cutthroat, Black Crappie, juvenile Coho and Sturgeon. Rainbows are the most numerous and will reach up to 1 lb.


Hicks Lake:  Located in Sasquatch Provincial Park, Hicks Lake is only a couple of hours east of the city of Vancouver. Cutthroat is the predominant game fish, usually averaging 1+ lbs.


Kawkawa Lake:  Found just 5 km (3.1 mi) east of the town of Hope on paved roads. Kawkawa contains many species of fish, however it is best known for its large Kokanee that can reach up to 3+ lbs.


Lois Lake:  Lois Lake can be accessed by travelling south from the town of Powell River and then turning northeast on the Macmillan Bloedel Stillwater mainline. Cutthroat can reach up to 3 lbs at Lois Lake.  


Morris Lake: Located down in a valley, Morris Lake can be accessed by turning north off Hwy #7 at the community of Harrison Mills. Although not very numerous, the Cutthroat can reach up to 3 lbs or better at Morris Lake.  


Nanton Lake: From the town of Powell River (142 km/85 mi), travel south on Hwy #101 to Lang Bay where a logging mainline going north will bring you to the lake. The average Cutthroat reaches 1 lb with larger Cutthroat reported in the spring when there is a good Chironomid hatch.


Pitt Lake:  Pitt lake is 16 km (9.9 mi) north of Haney town centre in Maple Ridge. Good year round fishing is available at this easily accessible lake. Rainbow Trout and Cutthroat are the game fish in Pitt Lake


Rolley Lake: Rolley Lake, located in Rolley Lake Provincial Park, 23 km (13.8 miles) northwest of Mission, BC. Rainbow Trout and Cutthroat are the game fish in Rolley Lake. 


Ruby Lake: Access to this lake is a short drive either south from the ferry slip at Earl's Cove or north from the community of Madeira Park, both communities are on Hwy #101 on the scenic Sechelt Peninsula. Ruby supports a Cutthroat and Kokanee fishery. The size for the Cutthroat is usually about 1 lb but there are reports of them reaching to 3 lbs at Ruby Lake.


Sakinaw Lake: Follow Hwy #101 to Sakinaw Lake Road. Turn west off the 101 onto Sakinaw Lake Road and follow it to the lake. Sakinaw is known for its large Cutthroat trout which can reach over 4 lbs Kokanee, Sockeye and Coho salmon are also found in Sakinaw Lake.


Silver Lake:  Silver Lake is located in the Silver Lake Provincial Park 12 km (7.5 mi) south of the town of Hope. This small (1 km/.6 mi) long lake is usually very calm in the evenings. Although the majority of fish caught are small, the Dolly Varden can reach up to 5 lbs at Silver Lake.


Stave Lake: From the town of Maple Ridge on Hwy #7, the Dewdney Trunk Road will take you to Stave Falls where you will find Stave Falls Dam and the flooded area below the lake itself. An alternate route only suitable for trucks is the Davis Lake Road going north between Mission and Dewdney. Year round fishing is possible in this large lake where the Cutthroat can get to 3-4 lbs at Stave Lake.


Wahleach (Jones) Lake:  Jones Lake Reservoir lies approximately 25 km (15.5 mi) southwest of the town of Hope. Fair to good catch rate for rainbows to 1+ lbs. Kokanee up to 2+ lbs are also found in Wahleach Lake, and fishing for these can be excellent at times.


Weaver Lake: This small lake, located 14 km (8.7 mi) northeast of the community of Harrison Mills on Hwy #7. The Rainbow trout usually average around 1-1/2 lbs with reports of some reaching up to 4 lbs at Weaver Lake.


Welcome Lake: This small lake is located in the city of Coquitlam on Gatensbury Street. Rainbow Trout and Cutthroat are the game fish in Welcome Lake.  


Wood Lake: This small lake can be accessed from the community of Harrison Mills on Hwy #7. The possibility of large Rainbow attract many fishers to this small lake. The average size, however, is about 1 lb.

 

 

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