Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC

Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC

Address: 80 Regatta Landing, Suite 101, Victoria, BC V9A 7S2
Phone Number: (250) 414-4200 or (888) 601-4200
Website: http://www.gofishbc.com/

We're making fishing in BC even better.

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC was created in 2003 as North America's only private, non-profit fisheries service funded by licence revenues.

The Society manages six freshwater fish hatcheries, conducts fisheries research, and promotes sports fishing. In partnership with provincial fisheries managers, the Freshwater Fisheries Society stocks close to 1,000 lakes around BC.

The Society also works to make angling more accessible for all, provides conservation services to protect wild fish, and educates the public about sport fishing and conservation.

Fish by the millions

Every year, Society hatcheries raise and release over 8 million trout, char, and kokanee salmon - both juvenile fry and catchable size fish. The Society also manages special recovery programs for endangered species such as white sturgeon.

Science and Conservation

Our scientists are researching ways to improve the growth, survival and quality of fish stocked into BC lakes and rivers. That means better fishing, as well as new ways to protect and enhance wild fish populations and preserve biodiversity.

Shaping the Future

Angling is a fun, healthy, sustainable sport for all ages - and an important part of BC's economy. The Society is committed to making fishing in BC even better by stocking lakes in and near BC's major communities, and by teaching kids and their parents how to fish responsibly.

Your fishing licence funds our work. Thank you!

As of April 1, 2015, 100% of licence revenue generated from fishing licences is directed to the Freshwater Fisheries Society to invest in services aimed at improving freshwater fisheries in BC.





Latest Posts & News

Join our Team

By Go Fish BC, Mar 9th, 2016

Join our Learn to Fish Team! 

Postitions are available in Fort Steele, Abbotsford, Victoria and Kamloops. Please share this post ... Read Full Article

2015 Highlights

By Go Fish BC, Jan 12th, 2016

2015 was truly an amazing year. We explored new places, caught some fish, and had some awesome memorable moments. Enjoy the video show ca ... Read Full Article

Pink Salmon on the Fly

By Go Fish BC, Jul 8th, 2015

Pink salmon are now open for retention (2 per day) in the Cheakamus, Mamquam and Squamish Rivers ( Read Full Article

Free Fishing Weekend

By Go Fish BC, Jun 20th, 2015

It is the 16th Annual Family Fishing Weekend June 19-June 21. This is a licence free weekend where you can try fishing for FREE. There ar ... Read Full Article

The Beauty of BC!

By Go Fish BC, May 30th, 2015

Sometimes a picture is worth more than a thousand words! A double rainbow on Puntzi Lake... perfect end to a day.

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Steelhead Release

By Go Fish BC, May 29th, 2015

Check out this great video footage of the Alouette Steelhead Release.

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2015 Photo Contest

By Go Fish BC, May 26th, 2015

Check out this entry from the current photo contest! There is still time to enter you fishing photos!  Read Full Article

Steelhead Release

By Go Fish BC, May 22nd, 2015

Check out this Steelhead Release.

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Fish the Lower Mainland this Weekend

By Go Fish BC, May 16th, 2015

If you're not able to go camping this long weekend no problem! We have the Lower Mainland urban lakes stocked with rainbow trout:

... Read Full Article

Dugan Lake

By Go Fish BC, May 15th, 2015

Another fishing spot we suggest you try is Dugan Lake just East of Williams Lake. Shore fishing is limited so by boat is best! Try leache ... Read Full Article

Yellow Lake

By Go Fish BC, May 15th, 2015

Yellow Lake near Penticton is another great fishery to try. Here you can catch Brookies and Rainbow Trout. This lake is very easy to get ... Read Full Article

Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC Scholarship Opportunity

By Go Fish BC, May 13th, 2015

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC awards up to three $2000 scholarships to students enrolled in a fish culture or fisheries manageme ... Read Full Article

Students help release Sturgeon in the Nechako river

By Go Fish BC, May 7th, 2015

Thank you to the School District 71 students who helped us release 600 sturgeon on Monday. The 1 year old fish were raised at the Nechako ... Read Full Article

First Nechako Hatchery Sturgeon Released into the Wild

By Go Fish BC, May 5th, 2015

(Vanderhoof, BC) - They have spent a year growing and thriving in the Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre hatchery and on May 4 th ... Read Full Article

First Kokanee Released in Penticton Creek in 20 Years

By Paul Askey, Fresh water Fisheries Society of BC, May 4th, 2015

On April 16 and April 21, for the first time in over 20 years, hatchery kokanee were released back into Penticton Creek.

Volunteer ... Read Full Article

Borrow a Rod and Tackle for Free!

By Go Fish BC, Apr 30th, 2015

We have added 2 new Rod Loan sites this year. Visit Tourism Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows and Mission Visitor Centre to borrow fishing rods an ... Read Full Article

Fraser Valley Lake Stockings

By Go Fish BC, Apr 25th, 2015

These Fraser Valley urban lakes were recently stocked. Time to go get em! 

Green Timbers - 500
Lafarge - 1,000
Como- 50 ... Read Full Article

Kids and Fishing!

By Go Fish BC, Apr 25th, 2015

Take a kid fishing this weekend! Catching one like this will create a life long passion!

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Ready to Spawn

By Go Fish BC, Apr 20th, 2015

This Fraser Valley rainbow trout is ready to spawn. It's offspring will be released as catchables next spring. Read Full Article

Sturgeon Broodstock

By Go Fish BC, Apr 15th, 2015

Yesterday was the first day of brood capture by the Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Center staff. 2 sturgeon were caught, a mature ma ... Read Full Article

Recent Lake Stockings on Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland

By Go Fish BC, Apr 10th, 2015

Time to hit the local lakes!

Lots of stocking updates for the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island:

Buntzen Lake 3000 Rainbo ... Read Full Article

Buy Your License Online

By Go Fish BC, Apr 1st, 2015

It is time to renew your freshwater fishing license for 2015. 100% of licence revenue is directed to the Freshwater Fisheries Society of ... Read Full Article

Loading Rainbow Trout

By Go Fish BC, Mar 30th, 2015

Have you ever wondered how we get the fish into the trucks? 
Wonder no longer, the Vancouver Island Trout Hatchery will show you ho ... Read Full Article

Happy 12th Birthday!

By Go Fish BC, Mar 26th, 2015

Happy 12th Birthday Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC!!

Tomorrow is the last day that our President will be working with us befor ... Read Full Article

Free Rod Loan Program

By Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, Mar 24th, 2015

Don't have fishing gear? No problem, borrow a rod and tackle from one of these sites for FREE!!

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Spring Stocking has Started on Vancouver Island

By Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, Mar 9th, 2015

Spring stocking of Lakes on Vancouver Island has begun with Elk Lake receiving 2000 Catchable Rainbow Trout and 
Prospect Lake rec ... Read Full Article

Catch and Release...Doing it Right

By Sara Northrup, Research Biologist, FFSBC and Brian Chan , Feb 11th, 2015

Published in BC Outdoors Sport Fishing Magazine's Spring 2010 edition

British Columbia is blessed with diverse an ... Read Full Article

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