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  • Vancouver Island 4th EDITION

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    2015

    GET YOUR FISHING MAPS!

    pp. 6-39AnglersAtlas.com

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  • Page 4Vancouver Island Fishing 2015 Free maps at www.AnglersAtlas.com

    VancouVer Island

    Key Map

    Vancouver Island is located in the southwest corner of British Columbia, part of a temperate rain forest that hugs the Pacific coast. The Island is known for fabulous fishing, both saltwater and freshwater, and this guide provides detailed maps for both types of fishing.

    On the freshwater side, the is-land has lakes and rivers that are home to rainbow trout, cut-throat trout, kokanee, brown trout and even smallmouth bass. In this guide, we have featured 22 lakes of various size and characteristics and one river (Cowichan). Many of the lakes featured in this guide are regu-larly stocked with rainbow trout and cutthroat trout as part of a provincial stocking program operated by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. Moving into saltwater, the Is-land is famous for its salmon fishery. Halibut and ling cod

    fisheries are also important, and there are plen-ty of opportunities for prawning.We have featured four famous West Coast fisheries in the guide this year. They include Barkley Sound, the area around Nootka Island (including Esper-anza Inlet), Campbell River and Sooke.The guide provides a taste of the fishing opportunities on the Is-land, but for more detailed maps for downloading and many other fishing hot spots visit The An-glers Atlas website.

    FEATURING

    Once again in 2015 is a complete listing of all mem-bers of the BC Fishing Resorts and Outfitters Association, as well as the Regional Fishing Regulations for Vancouver Island region. Again, the guide includes all of the stocking data for the s lakes in the region.

    VANCOUVER ISLAND FISHING 2015

    PublisherSean Simmons

    Production Co-ordinatorKathy Buhler

    Contributors: Pat Ahern, Travis Atkinson, Lorna Duncan, John Falavolito, Marcus Kennett, Richard Kennett, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, Rick Passek, Mike Youds.

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  • Page 5Vancouver Island Fishing 2015 Free maps at www.AnglersAtlas.com

    raM TrucKscaTch of The day

    In partnership with RAM Trucks, we are offering regular fishing updates on our website for B.C. and other re-gions of Canada in 2015. There is no cost to participate, and this program runs from May 15 to the end of Septem-ber. Just visit AnglersAtlas.com and sign up (register) to be-come a member. All members re-ceive regular up-dates via email, and can freely download any of our printable fishing maps, like the ones in this book. When you find a lake, river or other region of interest, simply click the FOLLOW button on the web page. Whenever there is new information about that place, you will receive a noti-fication by email the next day.

    These updates will provide you with detailed, local information that our team has brought

    together from a variety of sources. The types of content we will bring you include:FISHING REPORTSThrough our network of anglers in the field, tackle

    shops, resorts and other on the ground sources, we will provide updates on the latest fishing reports. EVENTSAs we track down other events, such as fishing derbies and local outdoor events, we will let you know. Also, through our partnership with the Freshwater F i s h e r i e s

    Society of BCs Learn to Fish program, we will provide regular updates on their events held across the province. USER SUBMISSIONSOur website gets a lot of great photos, map markers and

    comments from our users and when we spot something that should be shared, we will add it to the regional page. Every time we update one of these regions, all followers will be notified of the new content.

    REGULATION CHANGESThe provincial ministries and Department of Fisheries and Oceans often change regulations during season. Sometimes, amazing opportunities emerge at the last minute, and when we observe these changes we will announce them on our website and in our newsletters so you too can get notified of these changes. R E L A T E D CONTENTWe know there are many topics that are related to local fishing, and as we come across local stories, we will post them online and send them along as well.

    WEEKLY CHALLENGESWe are also launching weekly challenges to our online mem-bers this year, with a chance to

    win prizes and get recognized on our website. We will an-nounce our weekly chal-lenges in our regular newslet-ters going out to members, where you can learn about the chal-lenge issued and the prizes being awarded.

    Take part in weekly challenges where you can win prizes from Anglers Atlas.

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  • Page 6Vancouver Island Fishing 2015 Free maps at www.AnglersAtlas.com

    Caution: Do not use this map for navigational purposes. This map may not reflect current conditions. Uncharted hazards may exist. Base Map Province of British Columbia.

    Antler lAke

    Pr e t t y l i t t l e Antler Lake, while

    not that deep or large, sup-ports a thriving fishery. This pop-ular spot just north of Gold River works well for a quick evening troll or a weekend getaway.Antler Lake offers abundant habi-tat in the form of shoals and aquatic plants, particularly at the southeast end at Yellow Pond, an ideal location to start your search.Both cutthroat and rainbows are present in Antler Lake; the cut-throat are native, and the catch-able-sized rainbows are stocked. Check out the stocking tables included in this guide. The best time to fish Antler Lake is in the spring. Early fall is pro-ductive too, as the fish intensify their activity and feeding.All sorts of lures work well here,

    a n d your best bet is to stock your standards, though at times the cutthroat will prefer larger lures or Flatfish. Kwikfish or small spoons are good bets as well.For those casting or trolling flies on Antler Lake, there are a num-ber of reliable patterns to have on hand. Leeches are always promising. Damsel and dragon-fly nymph patterns work well for mid-summer. Caddisflies and sedges are also good mid-season patterns. Later in the season, egg patterns can work wonders.General searching fly patterns, such as Woolly Buggers, Careys, Halfbacks and the Spratleys imi-tate a range of food sources for rainbow and cutthroat trout. They make excellent attractors any time of the year. The flies can be trolled with a full-sink line close to the bottom.Check out the follow feature on

    the Anglers Atlas website! Now members can follow their favou-rite lakes and fishing experts, while receiving updates as new information is posted. Visit anglersatlas.com for details.

    LAKE ACCESS

    Antler Lake is located 3 km north of Gold River off the Gold River Main Rd. (also known as East Rd. and Hwy. 28). Turn right at the fork in