May 01, 2017 Return to Headlines

Go Fish in Coquitlam’s Stocked Lakes

by Michelle Frilund |

COQUITLAM, BC, May 1, 2017 – Two of Coquitlam's lakes are teeming with rainbow trout right now and conditions are ideal for urban fishing. 

Whether you're age three or 83, fishing is an activity that can be enjoyed by all, and here in Coquitlam, you don't have to travel far to cast your line. 

Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC recently stocked Lafarge and Como lakes with 1,000 trout each, and the months of May and June are among the best for local fishing.

Both lakes have ample parking and are easily accessed by transit. At Lafarge Lake, it’s as easy as stepping off the SkyTrain at Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station, fishing rod in hand, and walking to the water’s edge.

Coquitlam is also known for salmon fishing in the local rivers. For more information about all types of fishing, turn to page 24-25 in the 2017 Coquitlam Travel & Experience Guide – available at any City facility – or read it online at coquitlam.ca/explore.

Don’t forget! 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.  

Don’t Miss These Fun Fishing Events:

Como Lake Fishing Derby (May 28): Free, family-oriented fun for kids under age 16 at Como Lake, with prizes awarded for a variety of catches. festivalcoquitlam.ca

Lafarge Lake Annual Free Fishing Day (June 18): Fishy fun and prizes during B.C.’s free fishing weekend, when anglers can fish B.C.’s waters without a licence. The lake is stocked in the morning. festivalcoquitlam.ca

Learn to Fish (May-June): The City of Coquitlam offers free Learn 2 Fish events for children between the ages of 5-17. The classes are free (by donation) in partnership with the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. Details in the spring recreation guide. coquitlam.ca/programguides

10 More May Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Salmon Leave Home (May 7): Celebrate the release of young coho salmon at Hoy Creek Fish Hatchery into the creek to start their journey to the Pacific Ocean. Free, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. www.hoyscottcreeks.org

Coquitlam Farmers Market Opening Day (May 7): Drop in between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for fresh local produce, kids’ activities and live entertainment. The opening ceremony is at 10 a.m., Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot (corner of Winslow and Poirier). makebakegrow.com

International Migratory Bird Day (May 13): Head to Colony Farm Regional Park between 1-4 p.m. for displays, children’s activities and an introductory bird walk at 2:30 p.m. Meet in front of the community gardens, end of Colony Farm Rd. Info: 604-520-6442.

Victoria Day Long Weekend (May 20-22): Looking for ideas to entertain yourself, your kids or your guests? From the Lower Mainland’s largest indoor climbing wall to some of the region’s best playgrounds, you’ll find it in Coquitlam’s Travel and Experience Guide. coquitlam.ca/explore

City-wide garage sale (May 27): Hunting for a bargain? Get ready to find some hidden treasures. coquitlam.ca/garagesale

Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival (May 27): Hungry? Feast your eyes on this foodie frenzy on Burlington Drive next to City Hall from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. fvfoodtruckfestival.com

Family Fun Day (May 27): Free fun from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring Bobs and LoLo, crafts, Tumblebus, face painting and a fire truck! placemaillardville.ca

Festival of Music in the Park (May 27): Town Centre Park Plaza will come alive with music when choir groups and musical performers from School District 43 take the stage from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

DeBoville Slough Nature Walk (May 28): Get to know more about the plants, animals and birds in the area. A free, family-friendly walk from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the kiosk at the north side of DeBoville Slough and be sure to dress for the weather, including sturdy walking shoes. info@fodbs.org

MEC Vancouver Century Ride (May 28): Choose between a 50 km or 100 km ride that takes you through Coquitlam’s scenic countryside. events.mec.ca

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To find out more about activities and events in Coquitlam year-round, visit coquitlam.ca/explore

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Media contact:
Eric Kalnins
Tourism Manager, City of Coquitlam