5 fishing hot spots recommended by BC Outdoors Sport Fishing TV


Mike Mitchell fishes for chinook, coho, sturgeon and rainbows all over beautiful British Columbia

To compile Outdoor Canada’s 2020 fishing hot spots feature story, we turned to our friends at Sportsman Channel Canada. The hosts of 19 Canadian fishing shows agreed to reveal their top choices, along with tips on when to go and how best to tackle the fish. For all the hot spots, see our 2020 Fishing Special issue, or check out the growing list at www.outdoorcanada.ca/2020HotSpots.



The companion TV show to B.C. Outdoors magazine, BCOSF visits the province’s top salt- and freshwater fishing destinations, sharing with viewers everything they need to know about gear, tactics and the various fish species to have a successful day on the water. Learn more: www.bcosf.ca



  1. CENTRAL COAST, B.C.: Chinook and coho salmon

THE ATTRACTION: Good numbers of tyees and monster northern coho are caught here every year.

BEST TIME: July and August are the prime time


TOP TACTIC: At Purple Bluff, Cultus Sound and Idol and Christiansen Points, troll Flash Flies, Coyote spoons, or herring in Lighthouse Lures teaser heads

  1. FRASER RIVER, B.C.: White sturgeon

THE ATTRACTION: Probably the best river in the world to catch white sturgeon up to 10 feet in length

BEST TIME: During summer and fall salmon runs

TOP TACTIC: Hook up with one of the many local outfitters, who have the boats, gear and know-how to target these giants between Hope and Chilliwack.


  1. PORT HARDY, B.C.: Chinook & coho salmon

THE ATTRACTION: Expect non-stop bites just minutes from Port Hardy

BEST TIME: June through August

TOP TACTICS: Run anchovies in Lighthouse Lures teaser heads or Flash Flies paired Coyote flashers (Black/Double Crush Glow) at Duval and Castle Points.


  1. RIVERS INLET, B.C.: Chinook & coho salmon

THE ATTRACTION: The history, scenery and chance to hook and release a tyee (30-pound-plus chinook)

BEST TIME: June through August

TOP TACTIC: Troll anchovies in Lighthouse Lures teaser heads, BCO Specials or Coyote spoons (Party Girl pattern) behind Coyote flashers along the Dome and Wall tacks.


  1. STONEY LAKE, B.C.: Rainbow trout

THE ATTRACTION: A must-fish for any avid fly angler, Stoney produces large trout on a regular basis

BEST TIME: Early spring through to fall

TOP TACTIC: Present leeches, chironomids and dragonfly nymphs along any of the lakes numerous weedbeds, shoals and bays.