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A complete newbie to BC fishing here.

Guys, I want to start fishing this winter (steelhead and/or trout) and go after salmon during the summer/fall season. Knowing absolutely nothing about the peculiarities of this or that lake/river/spot, how should I go about picking them and, more to the point, how do *you* experienced BC fishermen decide on the next place you go fishing? Fishing reports on Sharphooks? Buddies' recommendations? Please help me out.


Pick up a backroads mapbook for your region and start from there! Invaluable.
Zap brannigan

theres many lakes and rivers in the area, best place to start is look at the regulations page pick a body of water from the list read the regs, then go explore that peice of water and familiarize yourself with it, nothing better than a bit or exploring and a bit of legwork.

too many people start fishing by heading to the 'hotspots' and see all the crowds and their questionable ethics and get turned off of going back

Thanks everybody! Good tips, appreciate the input. Vedder seems to be coming up pretty often so I guess I'll start the adventure there.

The vedder is a good place to start because they have a big return for the lower mainland. The key to catching steelhead is reading water, for the types of water they site in. Do a little research on steelhead in general, not how to catch steelhead. This will show you a lot about them any you can understand them more on how they react, eat, where they are, etc. Then its all about reading the water and locating the fish. I have found my fish always come in the first couple casts into a pool or run, i will maybe only fish the run once from top to bottom, if i know there is a fish there maybe twice with a different color or presentation. If not ill just move on. Most of the time i end up a long ways away from my car.
For me choosing what river i go to all depends on the weather conditions.

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