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Freshwater Fishing
on Vancouver Island

North Central Vancouver Island boasts some of the finest freshwater fishing anywhere on the planet. River Sportsman is here to make sure our beautiful rivers and lakes do not go to waste we stock what you need to make the most of the countless freshwater fishing opportunities that surround us. We carry a huge selection of freshwater fishing gear whether you spin cast or fly fish for trout, steelhead or salmon.

Besides the rods, reels and tackle, we have pontoon boats and belly tubes, waders in neoprene or high-end Gore-Tex. There are many ways to enhance and expand your fishing experience if you are aware of the latest news and conditions around Campbell River, and we have the equipment you need to take advantage of what’s happening with the fish. Come into River Sportsman and get the latest news.

Your timing for the salmon or steelhead run is crucial for a successful trip. Check-in with us because our staff keeps its finger on the pulse of the fishing community. High or low river levels, the timing of a particular run or just basic pointers or the local fishing talk, we can help you with all your freshwater fishing needs.

Freshwater Fishing Regulations in BC

Freshwater fishing regulations in effect for BC are published in a regulations synopsis handbook that is available on the Province of BC website. Those fishing for sport should review the book to become familiar with regulations before their fishing trip.

The newest edition, 2019-2021, is in effect until March 31, 2021.

Freshwater Fishing Licence – BC

Freshwater fishing enthusiasts can purchase fishing licenses online through the government of BC website. The licence does not include saltwater fishing, which is under the jurisdiction of the Canadian federal government. It is recommended to read the regulations synopsis handbook in coordination with obtaining a license.

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