Saltwater, freshwater, guided or remote. Fishing is a year-round pastime for anglers in the Sea to Sky.
With rivers, lakes and the Pacific Ocean in our backyard, we jump at any opportunity we can get to pull on our waders and be in the outdoors. Our local waters are known for a variety of fish, including Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Bull Trout, Coast Cutthroat Trout, Kokanee, Steelhead and four species of Pacific Salmon: Pinks, Cohos, Chinook and Chum.
Where to go
While anglers never reveal their secret spots, we will let you in on a few good ones.
Brohm Lake & Browning Lake
Rainbow Trout is stocked regularly in the spring and fall at Brohm Lake as well as at Murrin Provincial Park’s Browning Lake, where you will also find a natural supply of Cutthroat Trout.
Mamquam & the Squamish River Confluence
The confluence of the Mamquam and Squamish Rivers is a favourite spot for fly fishers. On a sunny day, it is not uncommon to see several anglers in the area. It is also a hotspot for local wildlife, so be cautious and have your cameras close at hand.
Fisherman’s Park on the Squamish River
Located in beautiful Brackendale, Fisherman's Park is located just off Judd Road. Park your car in the lot at the end of Judd Road and take the short trail towards the river. The white sand beach along the river's edge is perfect for wading into the water and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.
For those looking for a little local intel, there are many guided fishing tours in town that can tailor an excursion to your preference of species, experience level or desired view. In addition to discovering pristine fishing locations, you will learn an array of tips and tricks to improve your next fishing trip.
For the truly adventurous anglers, Squamish offers customized helicopter tours to remote rivers and floatplane tours to stunning alpine lakes. Beautiful scenery and spectacular views will take your breath away while you enjoy a world-class day fishing for Dolly Varden, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout and Salmon.
Spend a pleasant morning or afternoon at a location of your preference with a professional angling guide. Your trip includes all the necessary gear and plenty of time for expert instruction from your guide.
A full-day tour means there will be more opportunities to improve your techniques, learn more about Squamish fishing and of course catch and release more fish. Trips usually start between 6 - 8 am and end between 4 - 6 pm, and departure and finish times are discussed to meet your needs.
Valid fishing licences are required for all types of fishing in Squamish. You are responsible for understanding the rules and regulations for fishing in BC. Read the BC Sport Fishing Guide and understand the rules. Freshwater Licences can be purchased online on the fishing.gov.bc.ca website here.
Respect all fish and treat them humanely
All rivers have a bait ban therefore live, or artificially scented baits are prohibited. Lures and flies are permitted
Rivers are catch and release for Trout and Char
Avoid entering the water downstream of another angler who is already fishing, unless invited to do so
Leave adequate room between the downstream angler and yourself but do not remain stationary unless no one is following you
After catching a fish, step out of the line and return to the head of the pool, or start of the line
If you are not sure about the local etiquette, avoid any problems by first inquiring about the procedures from the anglers already on the water