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

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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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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

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?

joe | Reply 09.10.2015 18.48

how is Stave River and Dewdney slough for coho this time of year? When would you recommend I fish them?

josh | Reply 17.08.2015 19.37

hi jimmy james im near hope shore fishing recommendations ?

Peter | Reply 29.06.2015 00.28

Hi James, please recommend spot I can take kids 6,9- to cast from shore. I live in Burnaby. Would deer lake be a good choice? Thanks


Admin 29.06.2015 12.27

Hey Peter, check out my Urban Lakes write up, they all have access from shore, most have docks and is a great family fishery. Deer lake is a good choice.

Steve | Reply 15.06.2015 16.53

Hi James,

Great website,
Pls recommend spot I can take kids 6,9- to cast from shore- Chilliwack lake? I live in Langley

Gavinator | Reply 01.11.2014 11.43

Needs moar cowbell!

Col Cherry | Reply 05.10.2014 01.54


Could you please add me on facebook



JSeger | Reply 04.09.2014 22.10

Very informative web site James. I'm looking forward to getting out soon, so keep up the great reports and fish on!

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30.12 | 15:25

Yes it is ive been ish fishing at boss and Davis lake several times

30.12 | 14:59

Is the road plowed in the winter for ice fishing? Thinking of mid January 2017.

30.10 | 17:12

Hey Jon
Itherez a link on the home page of this website along wit other helpful ones

28.10 | 16:17

Where can one check if salmon can be retained in the Squamish River?

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