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Experience: New Anglers

FishingFishing is a classic outdoor pastime - a great way to get fresh air, connect with nature, and even a chance to "eat local"! But where to start? Thankfully the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has some fantastic programs for new anglers. The Learn to Fish program is a great introductory program for 5 - 15 year olds (and their parents).

Learn to Fish has programs running all over the province, including many BC Parks during the summer, and urban areas as well. You can catch them in:

Metro Vancouver: Rice Lake (North Vancouver), Green Timbers Lake (Surrey), Lafarge Lake (Coquitlam), Como Lake (Coquitlam), Sanctuary Pond (Hastings Park, Vancouver).

Fraser Valley: Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery (Abbotsford), Derby Reach (Fort Langley), Glen Valley (Abbotsford), Matsqui Park (Abbotsford).

Provincial Parks: Golden Ears (Alouette Lake), Sasquatch (Hicks Lake campground), Rolley Lake (Ruskin), Cultus Lake (Maple Bay Campground), Manning (Lightning Lake Campground), Alice Lake (Squamish).

Pre-registration for mosLearn to Fisht programs is required, other than those in Provincial Parks. For a full list, and contacts for registration, click here.

No gear? No fear! They also coordinate a free Rod Loan program which allows new anglers to borrow rod and tackle for free. Click here for more on the loan program.

You can even download a Beginners' Guide to Fishing pamphlet by clicking here.

Now there's no reason you can't enjoy beautiful BC and eat well this summer! Go Fish!

For full access to programs and info, visit http://www.gofishbc.com/.

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