May 17, 2022

Top Spots to Take the Kids Fishing this Spring

Longer days and warmer weather have anglers eager to escape with their families and get lines in the water. Here are our seven top spots to fish with kids. And since the goal of going fishing is to actually catch some fish, target the rainbow trout in all of these lakes by casting and retrieving a spoon or a spinner, or using bait suspended beneath a fishing float.

Durrance Lake (near Victoria)
With picnic areas, an easy hike that circles the lake, and a fishing dock, Durrance Lake is a great spot for a day trip to fish for stocked catchable-sized rainbow trout. 

Colliery Dams (Nanaimo)
At the three Colliery Dams lakes, there is great shore fishing for rainbow trout which the Society stocks in the spring and fall. If you have a stroller or mobility issues, the best parking lot is located off Sixth and Wakesiah streets where you will find washroom facilities, a park, and plenty of picnic sites.

Mike Lake (near Maple Ridge)
Located in Golden Ears Provincial Park, Mike Lake has a fishing dock, as well as an easy walking trail that takes you around the lake. Camping is not allowed at Mike Lake, but in the park, you can reserve a site at one of three large campgrounds using the BC Parks website. The Society stocks Mike Lake with catchable-sized rainbow trout each spring and autumn.

Lac Le Jeune (near Kamloops)
With its well-maintained boat launch and large fishing dock in the day-use area, every type of angler will find Lac Le Jeune extremely accessible. This lake is renowned for its excellent rainbow trout fishing, and it’s not uncommon to catch specimens weighing 1.5 kilograms.  

Shannon Lake (West Kelowna)
Shannon Lake Regional Park lies in the heart of West Kelowna. The lake is accessible for both boat and shore anglers. On weekends during the spring, staff from the Regional District of Central Okanagan, Peachland Sportsmen's Association, and Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC host a Go Fish BC Rod Loan program. Youth under the age of 16 can give fishing a try at the fishing dock – for free. All gear and tackle are provided, and a side of the lake is sectioned off and stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout just for kids.
Wasa Lake (near Cranbrook)
Wasa Lake has an abundance of invasive species like bass and perch that are easily caught by jigging a worm under a weight. On the eastern side of the lake, there is a large concrete boat launch, but anglers can shore fish from here as well. You can make campsite reservations at Wasa Lake Provincial Park through the BC Parks website, and there are also first-come, first-served sites available.    

Ten Mile Lake (Quesnel)
For day-trippers, Ten Mile Lake provides a picnic shelter, 10 kilometres of hiking trails, and a large fishing dock. Those looking to stay awhile can find  easily accessible campsites reserved using the BC Parks website.

Ten Mile Lake is stocked with both rainbow trout and kokanee. Kokanee like deeper, cooler water. If you don’t have a fishfinder, try suspending bait off the bottom for a few minutes; if you don’t feel a bite, move your bait up through the water column a couple of feet at a time until you find fish. Luckily, kokanee tend to travel in schools: once you have dialled in the depth where they are schooling, you are sure to land a few.

As always, before you head out for the weekend, make sure you have a freshwater fishing licence and that you have checked out the fishing regulations for your chosen lake.

Author: Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC Staff
Photo Credit: Steve Olson & Justine Russo Photography