January 30, 2019

2018 Lake Stocking Program: Year in Review

For delivery of the 2018 provincial recreational stocking program, the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC’s hatcheries raised 5.5 million trout, char and kokanee – from juvenile fry to catchable-sized fish – and released these fish into 653 lakes around our province.

Fish releases occur during the spring and fall months each year. On March 5, our 2018 stocking program kicked off on Vancouver Island with the release of catchable-sized rainbow trout into Prospect and Elk lakes near Victoria. The first Lower Mainland lakes to be stocked that spring were Rolley, Mill, and Mike, while Shannon (near Kelowna) was the first Interior lake stocked. Coming full circle, our stocking season wrapped up on November 16 with the release of 4,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout into Elk Lake.

In addition to releasing fish in the spring and fall, our fish culturists were busy collecting rainbow trout and westslope cutthroat eggs and milt from four Interior lakes in the spring, and kokanee and eastern brook trout eggs and milt in the fall.

2018 stocking summaries for each region of the province are listed below. If you’re interested in learning more about the species and strains of fish we stock, check out the Stocked Strains section of our website. And use the Fish Stocking Report tool for more information about a region or lake, including all historical records.
Vancouver Island (Region 1)
10,100 coastal cutthroat into six lakes; 168,048 rainbow trout into 60 lakes.
Summary of Region 1 stocking events

Lower Mainland (Region 2)
4,070 coastal cutthroat into eight lakes; 87,125 rainbow trout into 34 lakes.
Summary of Region 2 stocking events

Thompson-Nicola (Region 3)
120,000 brook trout into 25 lakes; 155,154 kokanee into nine lakes; 911, 987 rainbow trout into 163 lakes.
Summary of Region 3 stocking events

Kootenay-Boundary (Region 4)
3,900 westslope cutthroat into five lakes; 19,596 brook trout into 11 lakes; 167,662 kokanee into 12 lakes; 262,465 rainbow trout into 84 lakes.
Summary of Region 4 stocking events, East Kootenay and West Kootenay

Cariboo (Region 5)
79,500 brook trout into seven lakes; 754,360 kokanee into 15 lakes; 1,462,231 rainbow trout into 86 lakes.
Summary of Region 5 stocking events

Skeena (Region 6)
13,000 brook trout into four lakes; 21,000 kokanee into two lakes; 40,500 rainbow trout into 10 lakes.
Summary of Region 6 stocking events

Omineca (Region 7a)
57,000 brook trout into nine lakes; 125,700 kokanee into four lakes; 244,050 rainbow trout into 48 lakes.
Summary of Region 7a stocking events

Peace (Region 7b)
12,000 brook trout into three lakes; 34,200 rainbow trout into 16 lakes.
Summary of Region 7b stocking events

Okanagan (Region 8)
42,500 brook trout into 19 lakes; 13,000 kokanee into three lakes; 642,543 rainbow trout into 139 lakes.
Summary of Region 8 stocking events
The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC thanks the 350,000 anglers who purchased a freshwater fishing licence last year. Your fees help fund the stocking program.

Author: Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC staff
Photo: Eiko Jones