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Local Conditions



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UPDATED: Sunday, Sept 10, 2018






Once we start to get our fall rains rise the river levels we should start to see fresh fish push into the river. Remember this river is BAIT BAN until November 1st! Ambleside Park at the mouth of the river is also a good option right now. This fishery is best the first couple hours of daylight when it coincides with a low tide.



The river is still quite high but is slowly dropping into shape. There will be a few trout around but this fishery will not pick up until the Salmon start to show up in October.

 *REMINDER* this system is BAIT BAN!

This system is best fished during a high water drop. There are Steelhead in the system but with the low water it would be best to focus on the Canyon section for better results.


Chilliwack/Vedder River

Salmon fishing will pick up once again with Fall coming just around the corner. By the first week of September expect to see the first wave of early Coho and Jack Springs. Float fishing Procured Roe as well as casting spoons/spinners and twitching Jigs are all effective methods.


Fraser River 

Starting September 5th Sockeye fishing will be CLOSED. The river will however remain open for Chinook and Chum Salmon. Please use selective methods to target these fish such as Bar Fishing!


Bottom Bouncing is not a selective method!

Chinook fishing has been fair in the non tidal portion of the river. Bar fishing with Spin N Glo is the best method.


Also note effective September 5th there will be a Bait Ban in place when targeting Salmon.

Sturgeon fishing has been quite excellent. With the large numbers of Sockeye in the river Salmon Roe, Salmon parts as well as traditional baits such as Lamprey Eel, Eulachons and Dew Worms all have been working well!


Stave River

Salmon will begin to enter around the beginning of October. Until then this river has good Cutthroat and White fish populations.


Local Lakes

Local lake fishing has been good. Buntzen, Sasamat, Green Timbers, Rice, Como and Lafarge are good bets. The spring stockings have already begun!

Lakes of the Fraser valley such as Cultus, Chilliwack, Jones, Hicks, Weaver, Deer and Allouette lakes are all decently productive lakes. Kokanee fishing has also been good. Kawkawa Lake in Hope is always a safe bet as well as Alouette Lake. Bottom fishing with Krill and Deli shrimp dyed are quite productive. If you prefer to troll come on in and see are new well stocked KOKANEE SECTION!


Interior Lakes

With cooling temps comes better fishing! As we move into fall all your favorite lakes will start to pick again as fish feed to prepare for ice over!


Barry's Bait and Tackle

14651 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC
Hours: 9AM–5PM Phone: (604) 273-5901

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Click here for retention limits and up to date notices specific to Region 2 rivers.



Vancouver Saltwater Report

August 25, 2018


ockeye fishing in now open as of Aug 1st - we have heard of a few guys with limits on their first time out!


Fish multiple dummy flasher's above and below your gear. The best bait for Sockeye is small pink Hoochies.


Sandheads is your best bet for local fishing with Sockeye fishing being quite good this past week. The fish have been sitting from 40-120ft with schools skattered throughout the depths depending on the day. Chinook fishing has also been excellent with fish being caught even on Sockeye gear. For Chinook the best baits are Anchovies, smaller Herring, Green Glow Spoons and Hoochies in splatter colour. With the drier weather upon us the West Vancouver Coho fishery has been quite good, Anchovies and White Hoochies are the ticket at depths of 20ft to 50ft.


Be sure to check out our HUGE selection of spoons from Pesca, Coyote, Silver Horde, Titan, Iron Needle and Gibbs. If you are using bait try dying your Anchovies with Procure Chartruse Brine, this can make a big difference in making sure the fish see's your presentation. 



Part of FN0428


Chinook Conservation Measures

To address Chinook conservation concerns, DFO is implementing a precautionary 25-35% reduction in exploitation rates for Chinook stocks of concern to support conservation and promote rebuilding. These additional reductions are planned to address conservation concerns for Nass River, Skeena River and many small wild Chinook populations in Northern BC; and, all Fraser River Chinook populations (including Spring 4(2), Spring 5(2), Summer 5(2), Summer 4(1) and Fall 4(1) (populations) in Southern BC.  


Southern BC Inside Waters

Areas 13 to 18, 28 and 29 and Subareas 19-1 to 19-6 (except those portions listed below):


Effective June 1, 2018 until September 30, 2018, the daily limit for Chinook Salmon is one (1) per day in in Areas 13 to 17, 28 and 29 with the exception of those four areas listed below under the headings Strait of Georgia, Pender Island, Juan de Fuca and Fraser River mouth. Terminal fishing opportunities 

at full limits for Chinook may be considered in-season if abundance permits.

Effective October 1, 2018 until further notice, the daily limit for Chinook Salmon is two (2) per day in in Areas 13 to 19, 28 and 29.


Exceptions: Strait of Georgia: 

Note: this measure came into effect on May 7, 2018 as previously announced in FN0370 issued May 7, 2018.

Effective immediately until June 28, 2018 the daily limit for Chinook salmon is two (2) per day, of which only one may be greater than 67 cm in Subareas 18-1, 18-3, 18-6, 18-11, and 19-5.

Effective June 29, 2018 to July 31, 2018 the daily limit is two (2) Chinook salmon per day between both of which must be less than 85 cm in Subareas 18-1, 18-3, 18-6, 18-11, and 19-5. 

Chinook salmon retained in these waters must have a fork length of at least 62 cm.


Pender Island:

Effective June 1 to September 30, 2018 there is no fishing for finfish in Subareas 18-2, 18-4, 18-5 and 18-9.


Click the link below for real time water levels  
For information on the Family Fishing Weekend please go to 
For Fresh water Fishing Regulations go to : 
For great fishing information and stocking information go to : 


Stay tuned as we are planning to have another course in the near future!

Watch for future seminars here.

Please give us a call 604 273 5901 or stop by the store to save your spot





Anchovies dyed in chartreuse Brine 'n Bite fished in Full Metal Jackets behind green and purple onion Hot Spot Flashers have been the hot tickets!

Purple haze and green splatter hoochies, Coyote, Kingfisher and the new Hot Pesca spoons in various colours are good bets as well.


Click the Links Below for Real-Time Water Levels   

For information on the Family Fishing Weekend please go to


For Fresh water Fishing Regulations go to :

For great fishing information and stocking information 

go to  


FishingBC App

The FishingBC app, Apple version is available now with the Android version coming soon. It’s free, and is already providing thousands of anglers with real-time access to regulations and other fishing-friendly features.  Anglers can find species and area specific regulations through map tools which identify their current location and species of interest. Because of how DFO has organized information to be delivered to the app, anglers now have access to virtually everything they need to know on their portable electronic devices. In addition to providing current regulatory information, the Fishing BC app has several other important features:

• It holds an electronic copy of your recreational licence and a permanent record of your catch log;

•It allows photos and entries to be shared by social media or e-mail directly from the app

IF you have an Apple iphone get the app today and in preperation for the coming season.  


A link to the app store here or on the icons below 



DFO Sockeye Openings Hotline 1 604 666 8266 Opt 2

A little history…
It all started with a fridge and a handful of worms. Ivan Berry and his wife Marilyn proved to all that know them, that with a little sweat and perseverance, you can accomplish your dream. In the spring of 1972, Ivan and Marilyn began Berry’s Bait & Tackle, by selling dew worms from their basement. Marilyn recalls donning rubber gloves and flashlights and heading into the night out on their property, located in the heart of Richmond’s farming community, to harvest dew worms. “There’s nothing to it – see a worm, pick it up.” Their children, Mike and Michele, would often tag along to help Mom collect worms. “We had a fridge out on the driveway, with a jar for fishermen to leave their payment – it was an honor system” said Marilyn. “Then, guys started asking if we had any weights or hooks for sale, so we started carrying a small supply of tackle. Before we knew it, our little business had to move from our basement into the garage!

Eventually, the Berry’s perfected how to make a variety of roe bait in addition to packing worms. Soon they were supplying many service stations with all of their bait products. Meanwhile, the store continued to grow. Mike began working in the store, then Len Marshall, who would eventually become a partner in this growing family business. (Many of Berry’s regular customers actually mistake Mike and Len for brothers!) Finally, Michele joined the team to make it a true family business.

Fishing Tales… Ivan and the senior staff make their annual pilgrimage to Rivers Inlet, BC each August in search “Walter”, the mythical spring salmon which run through Rivers Inlet. Base camp is Salmon King Lodge, now returned to it's original name Good Hope Cannery Lodge. Ivan and Marilyn were part owners of this lodge, and Ivan helped transform it into one of the foremost fishing resort lodges in the Province.

Mike and Len make their annual trek to the mighty Thompson River each November in search of the ultimate trophy – Steelhead. They are always more than happy to share their wild tales of triumph and champion with our customers.




Looking Ahead ...
Berry’s Bait & Tackle has grown to become the best stocked sport fishing tackle store in British Columbia.  Located on the site of the original garage, the store now boasts a huge inventory of nearly every kind of tackle and bait imaginable.  Ask anyone who fishes, and they will most likely have heard of Berry’s Bait & Tackle, and likely they will have shopped there – whether it was for their first Snoopy tackle box or their latest Sage rod, all have become the valued customers to whom Berry’s strives to serve.

Looking toward the future, as the business continues to expand and grow, Berry’s is busy building on its existing customer base in British Columbia, and with their new website, globally.




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