2023-24 Sportfishing regulations engagement

Albertans shared their feedback on proposed changes to sportfishing regulations in Cold Lake.


We gathered input on proposed changes to lake trout sportfishing regulations in Cold Lake. Proposed changes were developed by the Lake Trout Working Group with support of provincial biologists.

Topics of discussion included: 

  • sportfishing regulations for lake trout in Cold Lake

  • a proposed bait ban for Cold Lake

  • updates on items from previous engagements, including time-of-day angling restrictions, walleye stocking and native trout recovery


  • Open

    January 19 to February 9, 2023

  • Results under review

  • Completed

Who is listening

Ministry of Forestry, Parks and Tourism

Input received

Albertans shared their feedback and participated online from January 19 through February 9 by attending webinars, asking questions and completing an online survey.

Results from the engagement can be viewed in the 2023-24 Sportfishing regulations engagement: What we heard report

Your feedback will help inform proposed changes to sportfishing regulations in Cold Lake. Because Cold Lake is an interprovincial lake between Alberta and Saskatchewan, additional engagement is required before changing sportfishing regulations. Your feedback for Cold Lake was shared with the Government of Saskatchewan to help inform the public engagement.

Thank you for your participation and input.

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Alberta uses a comprehensive and science-based management system that allows biologists to determine the status of fish populations and the sustainability of fisheries. This information, along with feedback gathered from the public, is used to develop recreational fisheries management objectives for a given population and fishery.

Changes to the sportfishing regulations in Cold Lake are expected to occur in Spring 2024.