Trout Fishing in Lake Cowichan

Come enjoy world-class river fishing on beautiful Vancouver Island!
There are more than 20,000 lakes in British Columbia, and Cowichan lake is the second largest lake on Vancouver Island.
Let's investigate Vancouver Island's second-largest lake. The main recreational area in the Cowichan region is Cowichan Lake, which is well-known for its paddling.
All year long, the Cowichan River offers world-class fly fishing opportunities especially for trout. Our expert guides will row you down the river in drift boats and have you fishing with professional equipment.
The most popular species that caught in Lake Cowichan are include Coastal cutthroat trout, Rainbow trout, and Lake trout.
Rainbow and cutthroat trout are two of the native species found in the Cowichan River. Additionally, it houses a large community of Brown Trout, which was first stocked in the 1930s. Brown trout are now sustaining their own population and provide a unique angling experience not found anywhere else in the province.
The fishing for salmon is also excellent in the Cowichan, in addition to trout. Both fly fishing and gear can be used to catch these fish. All three native salmon species—Chinook (King), Coho (Silver), and Chum—return to the river each fall to spawn.
You won't be let down if fishing is the reason you're visiting Cowichan. While saltwater and lake fishing is also excellent, the area is most known for its fly fishing. Choose your area of interest or, if you're really committed, try all three.

Lake Fishing for Trout in Lake Cowichan

Most of Cowichan's local lakes have healthy populations of rainbow and cutthroat trout. The best time of year to go lake fishing is in the spring, although you are free to go any time. Cowichan Lake, Chemainus Lake, Fuller Lake, Shawnigan Lake, and Dougan Lake are all excellent lakes for trout fishing in or around Lake Cowichan.
The cutthroat trout in Cowichan Lake is adfluvial, which means they spawn in the inlet streams around the lake and then the younger ones migrate into the lake's more productive habitats, where they generally stay until they become mature. With three sub-basins and a large lake like Cowichan, there are many opportunities to either stay put or explore out of prey.

Trout Fishing Season in Cowichan lake

Some great spring fishing available in the Cowichan area, bur generally for these anadromous fish, November is the best month to schedule a trip since there are a lot of coho in the river that are open to taking flies and spinners.
April and the start of May are when steelhead fishing is still excellent on the Cowichan, mainly for mended kelts.
These fish have to feed aggressively after spawning, making them the easiest steelhead to target. A great month to catch your first steelhead! Lures of choice: blades, single egg copies or small pink worms.
Flies of choice: large and black or the ever-popular egg fly.
All of the Cowichan trout are now wild. November and December can have some exceptional trout Fly fishing using egg patterns; as the salmon spawn, the trout gorge themselves on eggs.
The best months for saltwater fishing are May through to October, although winter Chinook fishing is available too.

Getting to Lake Cowichan,
The Town of Trophy-size Trout

The fastest way to get to Lake Cowichan is to fly from Vancouver Harbour Airport to Nanaimo Harbour Airport and then rent a car or take a bus or a taxi to Lake Cowichan.
You can also take a ferry if you like to enjoy Island's breathtaking waterways from Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay and then rent a car or take a bus or a taxi to reach Lake Cowichan.

Trout Fishing Rates in Cowichan lake

Vanisle Fishers offers some of the best fishing trip packages, from A short trip of a few hours to a Long journey of several days, so you can choose the best that fits you.
Our fishing trip rates start from $165 per hour, so if you do not have much time, you can still experience an amazing fishing trip in Lake Cowichan.

Fishing Regulations

Effective fishing regulations can be a key factor component of healthful fisheries. It contains information about open seasons, recreational fishing licences, fishing methods and, catch limits, as well as up-to-date fishing regulations for diverse fishing areas.
All anglers interested in salmon should check the Management of Salmon Fisheries in B.C for bait selection, gear selection, required licences and any other regulations for salmon fishing. Before planning your fishing trip, you must check the updated information and know the limited fishing areas.
• Using a fishing line to which more than one artificial fly is attached (i.e., to use “dropper flies”) is forbbiden.

• Using light in any way to attract fish except the light is submerged and attached to the fishing line within 1 m of the hook is unlawful.

• It is forbidden to fish with nets, including minnow nets, dip nets, cast nets, or gill nets.

• Using barbed hooks or any hook with more than one point in all rivers, streams, creeks, or sloughs in B.C is prohibited. (Although the use of barbed hooks in lakes is allowed except the one noted in the Regional Water-Specific Tables).

Fishing Tips

• Keep boat launch areas clear to give all boaters equal access. Prepare your boat for launching away from the ramp to avoid creating unnecessary delays.
• Don't try boating and alcohol. You will need your complete reflexes to keep you, your boat, and other stream users safe. It's unlawful to operate a boat while impaired.
• Limit your speed (particularly when getting into corners) to keep away from collisions with other boaters, anglers, swimmers, and hidden obstacles. Respect the Universal Shoreline Speed Restriction of 10 within 30 metres of the shore.
• Be careful when boating at dawn and dusk and in other conditions of limited light or visibility.
• Refrain from running your boat through water being fished by way of others. Go slowly or drift by anglers along the shoreline. Be considerate of others.
• Avoid sensitive habitats such as spawning areas, shallow water, and wildlife nesting or foraging areas.
• Give animals crossing the river the space and time to do so. It's unlawful to harass wildlife with a boat.
• Pack out your garbage. Old fishing lines, litter, fuel, and oil damage fish habitats, endanger aquatic life and reduce water quality.

Trout Fishing in Lake Cowichan Common Questions

The watershed of Lake Cowichan is very rich and could find many fish species such as bull trout, brook trout, dolly varden, brown catfish, brown trout, Chinook, chum and coho salmon, cutthroat and rainbow trout and kokanee.
The Cowichan river fishing is open to fly fishing in the upper portion from the weir on Lake Cowichan to the Mile 66 Trestle. Notice that you should check the updated fishing regulations before planning your fishing trip.
Cowichan River, which is home to cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, brown trout and steelhead, is one of the popular spots in Lake Cowichan for fly-fishing. The other best spots on the inside waters (Salish Sea) include Porlier Pass, Sansum Narrows and Pender Bluffs.
The best months for trout fishing are May through to October, although winter Chinook fishing is available too at the same time.
The greatest trout fishing on the river is from the bridge upstream to the community of Lake Cowichan. The former Lake Cowichan Highway, Hudgrove Road, and Greendale Road are the closest entry points for fishing. The road pool is a well-liked location off Greendale. Fly fishers and boaters that want to float the river to Skutz Falls frequent it.
No, all the lakes that exist in Lake Cowichan, including Cowichan lake, have fresh water.
The 4 is the maximum number that you can catch trout in Lake Cowichan, Vancouver Island, but for the specific information about trout fishing daily quotas, you can check General Fishing Regulations.
All angler who is 16 years of age or older is required to buy a Basic Licence which allows fishing in the non-tidal waters of Lake Cowichan, BC.