Fall Family Fishing Challenge

October 20-28, 2023

Join us for a fun Fall Family Fishing Challenge from October 20 to 28.

A trout release will kick off this event on October 20 at noon at Colliery Dam Park (lower dam).

Visit our Fall Activity Guide (see page 19) to register for one of our Intro to Fishing classes offered by Fishing for Fun, or Intro to Fly Fishing, offered by the Island Waters Flyfishers. 

Stay for a pre-Halloween Costume Contest included after the Intro to Fishing Classes from 2-3 pm (October 22 at Colliery Dam Park and October 28 at Westwood Lake Park) to win more great prizes. 

Event Poster for Fall Family Fishing Challenge

How it works:

Between October 20 to 28, visit one of our inner-city local lakes:

  • Westwood Lake
  • Long Lake
  • Green Lake
  • Brannen Lake
  • Colliery Dam
  • Diver Lake

Take a photo of your catch next to a business card for size reference, post on social media and tag #fishingforfunNanaimo & #PRCfallfishingchallenge or email your name and photo to parksandrecreation@nanaimo.ca, for a chance to win daily prizes including the Event Grand Prize Draw of a 4 Hour Fishing Charter from Rugged Westcoast Sport Fishing for 4 people!!

Age categories:  Children (0-10 yrs), Youth (11-18yrs), and Adults (18+yrs)


Thank you also to our local sponsors for the daily prizes and more:

Fishing Regulations

All persons over the age of 16 require a licence to sport fish in non-tidal waters. Freshwater fishing licences are available in a range of options from single day to annual licences that last all year, from April 1 through March 31. 

The City of Nanaimo covers the licence/permit for those over the age of 16 while attending our Learn to Fish programs in the fall Activity Guide.  More information regarding Freshwater Fishing in BC can be located here:

 Where to get fishing licences:

  • Click here for a list of licence vendors for inperson support. Clients can also visit Service BC or FrontCounter BC offices found throughout Vancouver Island to purchase fishing licences.

  • You can also apply online at https://j100.gov.bc.ca/pub/ras/signin.aspx

Last updated: September 15, 2023

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