Feature: Go Fish in Coquitlam for Treasured Memories

Many of us have childhood memories of fishing with family members. B.C. photo album collections would not be complete without those token snapshots of kids holding up their prize catch for the camera.

Coquitlam is home to two lakes that are regularly stocked with rainbow trout, providing Metro Vancouverites with easy access to fishing and plenty of photo ops. Did you know that you can take SkyTrain to the Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station, and fishing rod in hand, cast a line into the water?

Lafarge Lake at Town Centre Park is a popular spot for walkers and runners, with dock or shore access for fishing. Pack a picnic and enjoy the picturesque setting, giving children the freedom to play, learn and just be kids.

Como Lake is also accessible by transit and has easy shore access, with a loop trail for finding a quiet spot. Spin casting, bait fishing and fly fishing are all options at both lakes.

Andrew Redmont, manager of Coquitlam’s Sea-Run Fly & Tackle, says the best months for catching trout locally are April, May and June (and again in September and October). While rainbow trout are the main draw, you may also reel in a carp. To see when both lakes were last stocked with rainbow trout, visit gofishbc.com.

If you’re new to fishing but want to give your kids an experience they won’t forget, mark your calendars for two free family-oriented fishing derbies coming up in Coquitlam.

The Como Lake Fishing Derby takes place May 28 and the Lafarge Lake Annual Free Fishing Day is June 18. Both events are family-oriented and prizes will be awarded for a variety of catches. festivalcoquitlam.ca

The City of Coquitlam also offers a couple of free Learn 2 Fish events in May and June for children between the ages of 5-17. The classes are free (by donation) in partnership with the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. Sign up at signmeup.coquitlam.ca

B.C. freshwater sport fishing licenses are required for recreational lake fishing for age 16 and over. You can purchase them online through the government of B.C. website (just $10 for the day for British Columbians) or get more info at gofishbc.com.

Share your photos on social media using #explorecoquitlam. For more fun family fun ideas, visit coquitlam.ca/explore.

What do you need to start?

  1. Rod, reel, line, hook, weight, bait/flies
  2. Fishing license for age 16 and over
  3. Tackle box to organize your gear
  4. Appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather (hats in summer, warm clothes in winter)
  5. Patience!

Want more info on local hotspots? Check out these websites below.

Como Lake

Town Centre Park 

Lafarge Lake stock report