Alberta’s waters are home to a diversity of fish that offer healthy food and outdoor experiences for recreational users and Indigenous peoples.
In Alberta, there are a variety of fishing opportunities to meet the needs of a diversity of anglers. Fisheries are managed with the needs of multiple stakeholders in mind, including Indigenous Peoples, recreational fishers and even some competitive fishing events.
Albertans are engaged in deciding which management objective is set for a fishery (fishing regions in the province). In some cases where fish populations are depleted or at high risk for long-term sustainability, a recovery objective is set with appropriate actions, possibly even temporary fishing closures.
The Alberta government is committed to open dialogue on fisheries management through the use of science-based information and involving Albertans in fisheries management decisions.
Benefits of fisheries
Alberta’s fisheries offer benefits for all Albertans to enjoy. These include:
- social and recreational enjoyment
- biodiversity and ecosystem health
- cultural and natural history
- a source of food
- economic benefits through annual sales of fishing licences, gear and other related purchases by anglers interested in angling adventure in our waters
Native trout populations across the east slopes of Alberta have experienced severe declines in population size and distribution. The Government of Alberta is focused on ensuring progress is made towards recovering these species by addressing key threats on the ground.
Albertans share responsibility to ensure aquatic habitats can support healthy fish populations. Reducing our impact on waters and shorelines by not damaging or polluting these areas and leaving nothing behind helps keep them healthy habitats for fish.
Anglers can support successful fisheries management by following fishing rules and avoiding unintentional harm to fish. If you are interested in fishing in Alberta, learn more about:
Who is listening
Ministry of Environment and Parks
Representatives will provide input into developing proposed recreational sportfishing regulations for lake trout in Cold Lake.
Outcomes so far
We are grateful to all those who have provided feedback through surveys, meetings and open houses, and ongoing efforts with us. Learn more about previous fisheries management engagements:
- 2022-23 Sportfishing regulations engagement - 2022
- Bull trout recovery plan engagement - 2021
- 2021-22 Sportfishing regulations engagement - 2021
- Alberta fisheries management engagement – 2020
- Fisheries regulation changes 2019-20 engagement – 2019
- Eastern slopes fisheries regulations engagement – 2018
- Barbless hooks engagement – 2017
- Bow River fisheries regulation changes engagement – 2017
- Lac Bellevue angler survey – 2017
- Lower Athabasca region fisheries management survey – 2017
- North Saskatchewan region fisheries management survey – 2017
- Northern pike and walleye management frameworks engagement – 2017
- South Saskatchewan region fisheries management survey – 2017
Last updated: February 7, 2022