Fishing class opens season

With the arrival of spring right around the corner, thoughts of Island anglers turns to the catch.

With the arrival of spring right around the corner, thoughts of Island anglers turns to the catch.

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. celebrates the start of the spring fishing season on Vancouver Island with learn to fish classes and stocking local lakes with catchable rainbow trout.

“The weather is warming up and with spring break on the horizon, we’re busy getting lakes in Duncan, North Cowichan and Nanaimo ready for another great fishing season,” said Brian Martin, Vancouver Island Trout Hatchery manager.

Over the next two weeks, society staff will release rainbow trout into several lakes including Colliery Dam Lake in Nanaimo and Fuller Lake in North Cowichan in preparation for the first learn to fish classes of the spring.

Colliery Dam’s class takes place March 17. Pre-registration is required, but all necessary gear is provided and participation is by donation.

To register, please call 250-756-5200.

The society also offers opportunities for people to learn basic fishing skills and fish biology in May and throughout the summer.