Fishing ExplorePACKS

Richmond Public Library is pleased to announce the arrival of our Fishing ExplorePACKS. Any adult or teen with a RPL library card may borrow the ExplorePACKS.

At this time only available for checkout, hold pick up, and return at either the Brighouse or Steveston Branch. Fishing ExplorePACKS should be returned to the branch they were originally borrowed.

Steveston Branch only has Fishing ExplorePACKs with 2 rods to borrow.

The new Fishing ExplorePACKs is a fishing starter pack, perfect for a fun and educational way to spend some time outdoors and appreciate nature!

Each Fishing ExplorePACKs contains: a tackle box, pliers, floaters, weights, lures, baitholders, fishing line, bottle plastic eggs, fishing rod, and printed material.

There are three Fishing ExplorePACKS to borrow:
Fishing ExplorePACK Kits 1&2 has 1 rod each to borrow
Fishing ExplorePACK Kits 3&4 has 2 rods each to borrow (Brighouse)
Fishing ExplorePACK Kits 3&4 has 2 rods each to borrow (Steveston)
Fishing Explore PACK Kits 5&6 has 4 rods each to borrow

These kits are a donation from and are made possible by the generous support of the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC and their Rod Loan program:

Fishing ExplorePACKS
If you are over 16, you will need a licence to fish in BC. Find more information, learn about regulations, and find out where to buy a licence here.

You’ll find Rod Loan locations at Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC hatcheries and a number of tourism visitor centres and tackle shops throughout the province which now includes the Richmond Public Library.

Given the strong community interest and limited number of kits, some customers will experience a wait before a backpack becomes available. We appreciate your patience.

The Rod Loan program is generously supported by Luhr Jensen and we would like to thank Jessica Yarwood, Outreach Coordinator for Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.

Obtaining fishing licenses is the responsibility of the individuals checking out the Fishing ExplorePACKS. The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, Luhr Jensen, Richmond Public Library will not be held liable for injury due to the usage of the Fishing ExplorePACKS.

Fishing ExplorePACKS

Where to Begin

Getting a Licence

Information on how to get a BC Recreational Freshwater Fishing Licence.

How to Print Your E-Licence

Additional information about the Freshwater Fishing E-Licensing System, including how to buy and print the license.

British Columbia Sport Fishing Guide

A guide by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to sport fishing in tidal (salt) waters and sport fishing for salmon in non-tidal (fresh) waters in BC.

Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis

A guide to the regulation of Freshwater Fishing in BC.


Learn to Fish: A Beginner’s Guide

A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing in BC.

Fishing BC

Fishing BC provides information on freshwater and tidal fishing throughout BC.

FishingBooker: Fishing in BC

A blog post on the types of fishing, fish, and destinations to fish in BC.

Freshwater Fishing in BC

Provides information on freshwater fishing in BC, including licenses, regulations, and fishing destinations.

GoFish BC: How to Fish

GoFish provides a selection of fishing techniques for freshwater fishing.

GoFish BC: Where to Fish

GoFish provides a filterable map of fishing locations in BC.

Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley Fishing Locations

A list of urban and remote lakes where fishing for rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, bull trout and kokanee are available in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.

Richmond for Fishing Fans

A Tourism Richmond post introducing the local sport fishing scene.

Super, Natural British Colubmia: The BC Fishing Experience

Information on lake fishing, river fishing, and coastal fishing in BC.

Fishing Apps


A fishing app to help track trips, fishing challenges, and engage with fishing communities.


A fishing app to help discover new fishing spots, get real-time fishing forecasts and find the best times to catch fish.


A fishing app to explore catch locations and filter by species.


A waterway-based fishing social network to connect with local anglers and find the latest fishing reports, catches and spots in your area.

What Will You Catch?

GoFish BC: Know Your Fish

GoFish provides an outline of the most common freshwater fish targeted by anglers in BC.

Government of Canada: Identify Your Catch

Fish features and diagrams to help identify recreational fishing catches from the Pacific Region in Canada.

Staff Picks

Favorite Flies

Klausmeyer, David

Gilly the Ghillie

Giblin, David

Fishing the Canadian Rockies

Ambrosi, Joey

How to Think Like A Fish

Wade, Jeremy

Trout School

Hume, Mark

The Codfish Dream

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