Fishing with James

Fishing with James

Hello and welcome to my fishing site. My name is James Busser and I am from Langley, British Columbia, Canada and I am an avid fisherman. I am unlike most fisherman as I fish everything from rivers to lakes to oceans. I enjoy fishing for trout in a small lake as much as i enjoy trolling for salmon in the open ocean. On this website I will take you through my adventures of fishing and give you some tips and tricks that i use to catch fish. Each page will be a different lake and I will show multiple trips and show detailed pictures of the lures or flies I used as well as instructions of how I used them. I hope you enjoy my fishing experiences and I hope it inspires you to make some of your own. Feel free to email me anytime, and check out the new Facebook and Instagram page.


BC Fishing Reports

Aug. 14, 2015
With most of the Rivers in BC being closed due to drought make sure you check the regulations before you go out. Fraser River has also now been closed as well as the Fraser Banana on the ocean
Jul. 4, 2015
Caught one Rainbow but pretty slow
Jul. 1, 2015
Caught a couple nice Coho off West Vancouver, Happy Canada Day!!!
Jun. 8, 2015
Check out the latest report.
Apr. 15, 2015
The best fishing at the moment lies in the Harrison area lakes and rivers, and its all trout fishing. Check out the report.
Apr. 12, 2015
Good day on the water at Hicks lake, lake fishing is picking up check out the report
Jan. 2, 2015
Find out where to catch your first fish of the year.

British Columbia

British Columbia has some of the best and diverse fishing in all of the world.  BC's coast is home to the Pacific Ocean which offers very diverse fishing regions. To fish this you will need a tidal fishing license with the appropriate stamps. Some popular game fish are the five pacific salmon (Chinook, Coho, Chum, Pink and Sockeye), Lingcod, Halibut and Tuna. Trolling with downriggers is the most popular way of fishing;There is also many opportunities to fish for crabs and prawns with traps on the ocean floor.  BC is home to thousands of lakes with 10,052,684 fish being stocked in 778 lakes and climbing every year. Popular game fish in BC lakes are: Rainbow trout, Cutthroat trout, Brook trout, Lake trout, Bull trout, Burbot, Artic Char, Dolly Varden, Kokanee, and Bass. There are many methods of fishing although fly fishing and trolling seem to be the most popular. BC's rivers are the passage ways for Salmon to come from the ocean and spawn to. All five pacific salmon can be caught in river systems as well as steelhead being another popular fish. River fishing is much different as you don't use a boat. On smaller systems you put on your hipwaders and hike up and down rivers trying to catch fish. Fly fishing can be very productive on rivers.

Get a fishing licence!

Its important that you purchase a fishing license before you go fishing and that you brush up on the lake's regulations and daily quotas. Another important thing to remember is if your fishing the Fraser River, the Mission Bridge is the divider for tidal and non-tidal fishing. To the east is non-tidal and requires a freshwater fishing licence and to the west of the bridge it is a tidal fishing area. Here's the links to purchase a licence online:

Freshwater Licence

Tidal Licence

Freshwater Sybnosis

Saltwater Sybnosis

Salmon Limits and Closures

River Levels

Tide Predictions

Fish n BC


Always check tides before heading out, remember its always easier to launch at higher tides and the best fishing is during the time of the biggest tide change of the day. Always check the recent water levels before heading out, try to avoid fishing a river at a water level spike because this is generally when rivers get really dirty and blow out.  Note: Most pictures of the lake outlines were used from the great fishing website I use every day so I highly recommend you use this site too its my favorite

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gord | Reply 23.11.2019 20.13

the depth charts are handy, and the fishing tips are working.

Jesse Marion | Reply 02.05.2019 20.31

James, great work on this site and the info about the various rivers!

Dallas | Reply 01.09.2018 09.04

Love the site James. I just spent about 5 hours kayaking and trolling Elbow Lake. Worm, wedding band and fly rod. Nothing, apparently stocked. Good reason

Ruth | Reply 06.03.2017 10.02

would like advice from other beginners, from experienced people who have helpful suggestions - how and where to fish. I have a lot of campng exp. little fishing

Admin 06.03.2017 10.29

Hey Ruth, thank you for the support
As for where to fish all depends on season and what fish you are trying to target, rigth now ice fishing in the

Admin 06.03.2017 10.28

Interior is still happening for Trout. The Lower Mainland the snow but there is fishing to be had at low altitude lakes and the rivers for Steelhead And Trout

Ruth | Reply 06.03.2017 09.59

Thank you for this site. I"m a grandmother with a fishing rod, no experience but the desire to learn. I'm planning on getting a fishing licence this spring/

Tchad Lafleur | Reply 19.10.2016 21.35

I just moved to BC and finding a spot in BC is àdifficult. Your website is the most complete and easiest to navigate. You've solved my problem.Thx

Michel Durand 09.07.2017 06.23

Bonjour Tchad,
Surpris de te retrouver à Vancouver! Un changement de vie pour toi aussi? Moi, dans un village de France.Sois heureux!

Jacqui | Reply 07.07.2016 19.10

Hi James. Wrote you an email too. Looking for someone with a boat to take a photographer under the Port Mann Bridge. He'll be in town July 18-22. Ideas?

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22.09 | 10:54

I was wondering if anyone could tell me what time of year these lakes usually freeze up?

12.08 | 08:30

Thanks for this info. And idea if this Lake has swimmers itch? We’re going with the kids and want to be prepared!

07.06 | 08:31

Is the nickel open?

06.06 | 13:34

give it a shot, caught a 1.5 pounder last summer. i used a frog and attacked thick cover

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