March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Last Updated June 24, 2020

Fishing, and spending time outdoors in British Columbia, can be an appropriate activity for healthy individuals to engage in during this pandemic. To keep the transmission of COVID-19 low, we ask anglers to continue practicing safe distancing and to abide by the guidelines and recommendations of the PHO.
 

Plan a Fishing Trip for this Summer or Fall

Our province is in Phase 3 of the BC Restart Plan and people can now take part in smart, safe and respectful travel in BC. If you are planning a fishing trip this summer, make sure the community you are visiting is welcoming visitors, and that businesses are open. If you are feeling sick, stay home. And if symptoms develop while travelling, self-isolate immediately and contact 8-1-1 for guidance and testing. 

For inspiration when planning your next holiday, visit FishingBC.com; and consider supporting local small businesses by booking a guided trip or vacation at a fishing resort. Camping & RV in BC is another great resource for trip-planning and has an interactive map showing BC Parks, BC Rec Sites, Parks Canada sites, and private campgrounds.

Fishing in BC Parks and Recreation Sites and Trails Locations

BC Parks and Recreation Sites and Trails BC that can accommodate physical distancing are open for day use and camping.
 
Please consult the Recreation Sites and Trails BC and BC Parks websites to confirm openings and guidelines prior to heading out for a day of fishing. Parks that attract large crowds will remain closed until it is safe to reopen at a later date.

Angling and Boat Launch Safety

To keep yourself and others safe:

  • Launch one boat at a time and give others enough space to launch safely
  • Be prepared to wait until spaces open up or change plans if launch sites appear congested
  • When parking, leave enough space between vehicles to allow for physical distancing
  • Bring your own Clean Trip Kit (hand sanitizer, protective gloves and toilet paper)
  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently

For more information, visit the provincial government's Orders and Guidance for Fishing and Hunting webpage.

Keeping our Staff and Visitors Safe

To minimize the risk to our guests and staff, and to help reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, all Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC hatchery visitor centres are temporarily closed to the public.

The following hatchery visitor centres are closed effective March 16, 2020, until further notice.

  • Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery (Abbotsford, BC)
  • Summerland Trout Hatchery (Summerland, BC)
  • Kootenay Trout Hatchery (Fort Steele, BC)
  • Clearwater Trout Hatchery (Clearwater, BC)
  • Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre (Vanderhoof, BC)

Our Fraser Valley, Kootenay and Clearwater fishing ponds are included in this closure.

Learn to Fish and Outreach Programs

We have made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend all programs and birthday parties, beginning March 16, 2020.

We reached out to everyone who registered for a program via email or phone regarding cancellations, and will not be taking new bookings until further notice. 

Lake Stocking Program

Our hatcheries are closed to the public to help keep fish culturists safe.  We've added enhanced cleaning and physical distancing protocols at all locations so we can meet provincial stocking requests and continue with our regular hatchery operations. Please use the fish stocking reports tool on our website to stay up-to-date on the latest releases.

COVID-19 Updates

The Freshwater Fisheries Society is committed to delivering the provincial freshwater fish culture program and to ensuring our employees stay healthy and safe. For updates, please continue to monitor our website or sign-up for our newsletter

Thank you for your understanding and continued support. Please look after yourselves and each other.