Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC stocks two of Coquitlam’s lakes with rainbow trout.
Lafarge Lake at Town Centre Park, conveniently located at Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station, attracts anglers of all ages from throughout the region. Fishing is accessed by shore, dock or float tube.
Como Lake is also easily accessible by transit and has ample parking, with fishing accessible by shore, dock or row boat.
You can fish year round, but the best months for reeling in a trout locally are April, May, June, September and October. To see when the lakes were last stocked, visit the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC website.
If you want to hook a salmon try Maquabeak Park, situated on the bank of the Fraser River, with shore access and a boat launch. Five species of salmon run through this spot at varying times of the year, including chum, chinook and coho.
Salmon fishing is allowed in Coquitlam River, although take note certain restrictions are involved (some species are catch and release only). You are advised to visit the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s website ahead of time to be aware of current regulations.
Whether you’re three or 83, fishing derbies are fun for everyone. Lafarge Lake and Como Lake are stocked with trout, and both lakes have ample parking and are easily accessible by transit.
This free event, held each spring at Como Lake, is for kids under age 16, with prize giveaways for a variety of catches, from the largest and smallest fish to the strangest catch of the day.
Head to Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park for this family-friendly event during B.C.’s free fishing weekend in the spring, when licences aren’t required. The lake is stocked in the morning with rainbow trout.
With some basic supplies – including a licence – you’ll be reeling in a fish in no time. If you need fishing gear or expert advice, visit Sea-Run Fly & Tackle.
If you are age 16 or older and would like to fish in a lake, a B.C. Freshwater fishing licence is required. You can purchase them online through the government of B.C. website. If you are fishing in the Fraser River, you’ll need a Saltwater fishing licence.
- B.C. fishing info: gofishbc.com
- Fishing regulations: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
- Freshwater fishing licence: Angler registration form
- Freshwater lake stocking reports: Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC
- Lower Mainland Regional Regulations: DFO report
- Saltwater fishing licence: Fisheries and Oceans Canada