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We are gathering input on proposed changes to lake trout sportfishing regulations in Cold Lake. This is part of ongoing work to sustainably manage fisheries across the province and build on Alberta's reputation as a world class fishing destination.
Your feedback will help determine the harvestable size of lake trout in Cold Lake and inform a possible bait ban to improve fish survival. Proposed changes were developed by the Lake Trout Working Group with support of provincial biologists.
We will also provide updates on other Alberta fisheries topics, including time-of-day angling restrictions, walleye stocking and native trout recovery.
Survey open January 19 to February 9
Results under review
Who is listening
Ministry of Environment and Protected Areas
Read the Cold Lake Fact Sheet (PDF, 1.3 MB) to learn about proposed changes to sportfishing regulations for lake trout in Cold Lake.
Share your feedback on proposed regulation changes for lake trout in Cold Lake through an online survey beginning January 19 at noon. The survey will close February 9.
You can watch the Northeast Region Sportfishing Regulation Changes webinar to learn more about the proposed changes.
Ask the expert
Ask the Fisheries Management team a question or read responses to questions already asked by using the Ask the Expert tool.
Attend online webinars to learn more and connect with fisheries biologists. Each event will include time to ask questions. Webinars will be recorded and posted to the Environment and Protected Areas YouTube channel the following day.
Register for each webinar by clicking the links below. You will receive a confirmation email with information on how to participate.
- Provincial Fisheries Program Update
- Participants were able to learn about and ask questions on harvest slot regulation evaluation, walleye stocking, fish hatchery operations and Prussian carp.
- Watch the Provincial Fisheries Program Update webinar recording
- Read the Provincial Fisheries Webinar Summary (PDF, 1.6 MB)
- Northeast Region Sportfishing Regulation Changes
- Participants were able to learn about and ask questions on the proposed changes to lake trout sportfishing regulations in Cold Lake.
- Watch the Northeast Region Sportfishing Regulation Changes webinar recording
- Read the Cold Lake Fact Sheet (PDF, 1.3 MB)
- View the Northeast Region map
- Northwest Region Fisheries Update
- South Region Fisheries Update
- Participants were able to learn about and ask questions on fish population monitoring including North Saskatchewan River lake sturgeon. Updates were also be provided on time of day angling restrictions, walleye stocking, native trout recovery projects and watershed assessments.
- Watch the South Region Fisheries webinar recording
- Read the South Region Webinar Summary (PDF, 1.6 MB)
- View the South Region map
- February 7 at 7 pm | Native Trout Recovery Program Update
- Learn about and ask questions on the threats native trout are facing and the actions we are taking, including the Three Species Action Plan, genetic analysis, recovery stocking, habitat restoration and the native trout collaborative.
- Read the Native Trout Webinar Summary (PDF, 4.4 MB)
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.
Your feedback will help inform proposed changes to sportfishing regulations in Cold Lake and will be considered in the development of future sportfishing regulations.
Last updated: January 25, 2023