Fishing Spots

Colliery Dam Lower Lake

Colliery Dam Lower Lake was built in the early 1900s as a source of water supply, the lakes at Colliery Dam today offers rainbow trout fishing in spring and fall for the communities around Nanaimo. Colliery Dam Park is also a popular swimming spot in the summer. These lakes are part of the urban recreational fishery program in Southern Vancouver Island and it is suitable for young families.

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Westwood Lake

Westwood Lake is a sanctuary for a diversity of wildlife above the water’s surface, and a generous population of hard-fighting rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and smallmouth bass below. Rainbow trout at catchable size are released into Westwood Lake each year by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. Pumpkinseed sunfish are also present.


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Green Lake

Green Lake is a small urban lake in Nanaimo, BC. It is stocked with Rainbow Trout. It is stocked 3-4 times per year.

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Spider Lake

Spider Lake Provincial Park northwest of Qualicum Beach is renown locally for its small mouth-bass and trout fishing. The lake is stocked regularly, so for best results come in early spring before it warms up, or wait until fall to try your luck once temperatures begin to drop. No motorized boats are allowed on the lake. Launch car-top boats from the beach beside the parking lot. Follow the signs west of Hwy 19A on Horne Lake Road to reach Spider Lake Provincial Park. The lake is 5 miles (8 km) long and about 1 mile (1.5 km) wide, and features good boat fishing year round for cutthroat, rainbow, and kokanee trout.

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Chemainus Lake

Chemainus Lake is a lake located just 1.4 miles from Chemainus, in the Cowichan Valley Regional District. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and small mouth bass.

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Loon Lake

Loon Lake is a small gem situated in the mountains east of Port Alberni. In these clear, cool waters, fishing is good, and the trout here will take to a variety of flies and lures. There are decent rainbow catches to be had as well, of about eight to fourteen inches.

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