Urban Lakes

Urban Lakes

Metro Vancouver has a few lakes designed for the Fishing in the City program supported by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC (FFSBC). These lakes are heavily stocked muliple times a year and are great locations fo rbeginner and experienced fishers alike, but aimed mostly at family fishing.

Most city fisheries have great shore or pier fishing. Fishing opportunities are at their best during the spring and fall when the lakes are frequently stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout. The lakes are not stocked during July and August when high surface water temperatures significantly reduce fish survival.

Fishing Techniques

All these urban lakes are fairly easy to fish with the rainbow trout being undiscriminate of what you throw at them and will bite almost anything. Some popular fishing methods are using a worm and bobber, bottom fishing with power eggs, and casting small spoons. For fly-fisher-man wolley buggers and doc spratleys work well in a variety of colours.

Como Lake, Coquitlam

Como Lake is located in the city of Coquitlam with easy access and lots of nearby facilities, including two fishing docks. The lake, though quite shallow, has broad, open shores and is quite easy to fish from shore making it a popular location to learn the basics of fly fishing.

The lake is stocked frequently with catchable sized rainbow trout. The best time to fish is the firtst two weeks after the lake is stocked, as the fish are extremely willing to take almost anything you throw at them.

Note: There is a daily quota on this lake of 2 trout/char

How to get there

Como Lake is located inside Como Lake Park just off Gatensbury Road. To get to the park from Highway 1 take Brunette exit north make a left on to Blue Mountain Street, follow this Street north until you come to Foster Avenue then make a right. Follow Foster Ave east then make a left on Gatensbury Road and the park should be located to you left.

Deer Lake, Burnaby

Deer Lake is located in the city of Burnaby right near City Hall. There are many facilities here which include canoe rentals and two docks. The lake is best known for its stocked rainbow trout but in one of the few places in the Lower Mainland where you can find black crappie.

The lake is stocked frequently with catchable sized rainbow trout. The best time to fish is the firtst two weeks after the lake is stocked, as the fish are extremely willing to take almost anything you throw at them. Most of the fish like to hang out around the boathouse dock where they are released.

Black crappie are most active when the water is warm in July and August, making this a great fishery when the rainbows become less active. They travel in schools together so if you catch one, chances are you will hook another. Reel these fish in slowly as they have small, soft mouths.

Note: There is a daily quota of 2 trout/char, and No power boats.

How to get there

Deer Lake is located in Deer Lake Park in Burnaby. To get there from Highway 1 take the Kensington exit south, from here make a left onto Canada Way going east. From here take your first right south onto Sperling Avenue. Deer lake is located to the right on Sperling.

Green Timbers Lake, Surrey

Green Timbers Lake is located in the City of Surrey near the King George skytrain station. This lake offers many facilities, including a dock. The east side of the lake is quite open and there is enough room for fly-fishing. The northern and southern parts of the lake are the deepest where fishing is best.

The lake is stocked frequently with catchable sized rainbow trout. The best time to fish is the first two weeks after the lake is stocked, as the fish are extremely willing to take almost anything you throw at them. Every once and a while the FFSBC throws in some brood stock rainbow trout that can weigh up to 8 lbs, but its recomended to release there fish seeing as there not very tasty.

Note: There is a daily quota on this lake of 2 trout/char, and No water craft.

How to get there

Green Timbers Lake is located in the Green Timbers Urban Forest in Surrey. The parking lot is found on the north side of the park off of 100th Avenue. To get to this lake from Highway 1 take the 152nd Street exit south. Take 152nd south until you reach 100th Avenue, then make a right. The park is located on the right just past 140th. The lake is a short 5 minute walk down the trail from the parking lot.

Lafarge Lake, Coquitlam

Lafarge Lake is located in the City of Coquitlam. There are many facilities located of this lake including a nice fishing pier. The lake is circled by a trail with virtually no surrounding vegetation or trees so shore is access is easy, altho you can bring a float tube along as shore fishing can get crowded.

The lake is stocked frequently with catchable sized rainbow trout. The best fishing months are March to June and September to December. The fish are indiscriminate and while take virtually anything.

Note: There is a daily quota of 2 trout/char, and No power boats.

How to get there

Lafarge Lake is located at Town Centre Park in Coquitlam. To get to this lake from Highway 1 take the United Boulevard exit heading North onto Lougheed Highway. Take Lougheed Highway all the way up to Barnet Highway, once you cross Barnet highway northbound Lougheed Highway turns into Pinetree Way. Countinue up Pinetree Way until you reach Guilford Way, then make a right. On Guilford Way go east then make a left on Pipeline Road, then make your first left onto Park Entry Road. The lake is located on the south side of Park Entry Road.

Mill Lake, Abbotsford

Mill Lke is located in the City of Abbotsford near Seven Oaks Mall. This lake has many facilities including two docks to fish from, altho the south dock is much more popular. There is also a boat launch located on the south side of the lake but note there is an Electric Motor Only restriction. The lake is lined with weeds and lilies but it is possible to fish from shore is some locations on the south side of the lake.

The lake is stocked frequently with catchable sized rainbow trout. The best fishing months for rainbow trout are March to June and September to December. During the months of June to September this lake has a very good Bass Fishiery which can get up to 6lbs. Bass like to hide under cover, which means on hot summer days your best bet is to work the shady areas such as weeds, docks, and lily pads or wait till sunset when the bass become bold and cruise from their places of cover in such of food.

Note: There is a daily quota on this lake of 2 trout/char, and Electric motors only

How to get there

Mill Lake is located in the City of Abbotsford. To get to this lake from Highway 1, take the Clearbrook exit north. Make a right onto Marshall Road heading east. Follow Marshall Road until you come up to Ware Street then make a left heading north. Then make a left onto Bourquin Crescent then another left onto Mill Lake Road.

October 27th 2013

Fished Mill Lake for a couple hours today for a nice day out on the water. I was fishing using a sinking line with a black micro leetch on one rod and a green micro leetch on a floating line. I had lots of bites when it heated up at 11:00am. Both the lines had an equal amount of bites but i only ended up landing one on the green micro leetch. The fish were only rising and biting for about 30 mins then it went quite again. All in all it was a nice time out for some relaxation and some nice little rainbows.

Rice Lake, North Vancouver

Rice Lake is located in the Seymour Demonstration Forest in North Vancouver at the foot of the North Shore Mountains. This lake has easy access and a floating dock at the southeast corner of the lake. There are also a variety of sandbars along the lake that offer good shore fishing.

The lake is stocked frequently with catchable sized rainbow trout. The best time to fish is the first few weeks after the lake is stocked, as the fish are willing to take almost anything you throw at them. In the summer try fishing in the morning or evenings as the lake tends to warm up quite a bit during the day.

Note: There is a daily quota on this lake of 2 trout/char, and No water craft.

How to get there

Rice Lake is located in the Seymour Demonstration Forest in North Vancouver. To get here from Highway 1 take exit 22 north towards Lillooet Road. Go north on Lillooet Road. Follow the signs into Seymour Conservation Reserve. It is 4km along a gravel road to Rice Lake gate checkpoint, at the north end of Lillooet Road you will find parking.

 

 

Sanctuary Pond (Hastings Park), Vancouver

Sanctuary Pond is located in Hastings Park in Vancouver near Playland Amusement park. It is a small pond with lots of facilities including a fishing platform at the north end. This lake can get quite busy after stocking so be cautious of other anglers around you.

The lake is stocked frequently with catchable sized rainbow trout. The best time to fish is the firtst two weeks after the lake is stocked.

How to get there

Sanctuary Pond is located in Hastings Park in Vancouver. To get there from Highway 1 take Hastings exit going west. Heading down Hastings make a right onto Renfrew Street. The park is located between Renfrew and Playland

 

Sasamat Lake, Port Moody

Sasamat Lake is located in the city of Port Moody. This lake is well known for its great beach and picnic facilities. On the south end of the lake there is a floating bridge which is the most popular fishing spot on the lake but there are some oppurtunities to fish from shore around the lake. The western shoreline drops off faster then the east, offering better fishing.

The lake is stocked frequently with catchable sized rainbow trout. The best time to fish is the first few weeks after the lake is stocked, as the fish are willing to take almost anything you throw at them.

Note: No powered boats between May 1st - September 30th; Electric Motors only between October 1st - April 30th

How to get there

Sasamat Lake is located on the Bedwell Bay Road within Belcarra Regional Park of Port Moody. From Highway 1, take the United Boulevard exit heading North onto Lougheed Highway. Take Lougheed Highway all the way up to Barnet Highway, once at Barnet make a left heading west. Make a left at Ioco Road. Follow Ioco until you come up to 1st Avenue then make a right heading north. Take a left at the fork in the road onto Bedwell Road then follow the it to the south end of Sasamat Lake.

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jim | Reply 25.06.2016 00.31

very helpful

BC Fishing | Reply 26.12.2014 00.29

Deer lake has bass, punpkinseed sunfish, big carp, tiny catfish, pikeminnow, raibows, and chum salmon in the fall. Seen all with own eyes ;)

Quimazinfishing 30.12.2014 22.37

How big are the bass?

griffin | Reply 05.06.2014 15.23

Is there really black crappie in deer lake???

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