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Rollicking rockers The Radnecks share their favourite fishing destinations

Image Via: The Radnecks

Fishing hot spots from The Radnecks

Salmon, sturgeon trout and more, from the Central Coast to the centre of B.C.

For our 2016 Fishing Special issue, Outdoor Canada recruited a supergroup of acclaimed Canadian recording artists, who also happen to be hard-core anglers. And these fishin’ musicians agreed to sing about their favourite Canadian fishing holes—74 in all. For the full list, see The Fishin’ Musicians.

Archie McAffer
Archie McAffer

Formed in 2014, The Radnecks fuse classic and modern rock with elements of blues, folk, country and punk. A set from this Port Coquitlam, B.C., trio ranges from foot-stomping Celtic reels to bombastic grunge rock to sweet golden-age ballads. Currently working on new tunes for this summer’s festival circuit, The Radnecks also perform the official soundtrack for TV’s BC Outdoors Sport Fishing. Drummer-vocalist Archie McAffer (above in yellow), who has been fishing since he was a kid, provided these hot spots on behalf of the band. As you can see, they really do love B.C. sportfishing. Learn more: www.theradnecks.com

Favourite fish: Salmon

Favourite type of fishing: Trolling

Favourite fishing song: “Free Fallin’” by Tom Petty

CENTRAL COAST, B.C.

GPS: 51.805, -128.353

FISH: Chinook and coho salmon

WHY: The fishing is non-stop and the scenery is unbelievable

BEST TIME: July to September

BEST LURES: Anchovy in teaser head, spoon, flash flies

FRASER RIVER, B.C.

GPS: 49.221, -122.800

FISH: Sturgeon

WHY: Best sturgeon fishing in the world

BEST TIME: Summer and fall

BEST BAIT: Fresh roe

LIGHTNING LAKE, B.C.

GPS: 49.061152, -120.832892

FISH: Rainbow trout

WHY: Two hours from Vancouver, with nice camping—fun for the kids

BEST TIME: Summer

BEST BAIT: Worms (for kids)

NICOLA LAKE, B.C.

GPS: 50.169947, -120.529176

FISH: Dolly Varden

WHY: Beautiful country around Merritt, with laid-back folk

BEST TIME: Spring and summer

BEST LURE: Wedding Ring spinner

PITT LAKE, B.C.

GPS: 49.431, -122.539

FISH: Rainbow trout

WHY: Close to home, and the weather always makes it an adventure

BEST TIME: Year-round

BEST FLY: Cat’s Whisker

The Radnecks
The Radnecks

Scott Gardner

Scott Gardner

Outdoor Canada associate editor and fly-fishing columnist Scott Gardner is happiest when he's on the water fishing (especially from his kayak) or just surrounded by trees, preferably out of cell phone range. Since joining Outdoor Canada in 2010, Scott has won nine National Communication Awards from the Outdoor Writers of Canada for his adventure travel and fly fishing articles, and been nominated for five National Magazine Awards.

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