Fisheries Management Survey - Lower Athabasca Region

Results on the Fisheries Management Survey – Lower Athabasca Region

What’s happening?

A review of recent assessments of walleye and pike fisheries in the region has resulted in the identification of opportunities to shift management objectives and corresponding regulations to address some habitat limitations or provide additional fishing and fish harvest opportunities.

Lac la Biche

What did we ask you?

We asked for confirmation of the objective to restore the walleye population and proposed the use of a Special Harvest Licence to provide a limited opportunity to harvest a small proportion of the walleye stocked in this lake, while maintaining the intent to re-establish a self-sustaining population.

What did you tell us?

87.9% of you agreed that the primary objective is to restore the walleye population, and 74.4% of you agreed with the use of a Special Harvest Licence to provide a limited opportunity to harvest a small proportion of the walleye stocked in this lake.

We Listened and Responded

The following regulation change is being implemented for 2017:

Walleye limit 0 – except for holder of a Special Harvest Licence and tags may retain walleye of a size, number, and at the times specified on the licence.

Bourque Lake

What did we ask you?

We asked for your feedback on a proposed shift to a Sustainable Harvest management objective and the harvest of walleye via a Special Harvest Licence for these lakes.

What did you tell us?

69.7% of you agreed with shifting to a Sustainable Harvest management objective and the harvest of walleye via a Special Harvest Licence.

We Listened and Responded

The following regulation change is being implemented for 2017:

May 15 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 0 – except for holder of a Special Harvest Licence and tags, may retain walleye of a size, number, and at the times specified on the licence.

Hilda Lake

What did we ask you?

We asked for your feedback on a proposed shift to a Sustainable Harvest management objective and the harvest of walleye via a Special Harvest Licence for these lakes.

What did you tell us?

65.3% of you agreed with shifting to a Sustainable Harvest management objective and the harvest of walleye via a Special Harvest Licence.

We Listened and Responded

The following regulation change is being implemented for 2017:

May 15 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 0 – except for holder of a Special Harvest Licence and tags, may retain walleye of a size, number, and at the times specified on the licence.

Manatokan Lake

What did we ask you?

This lake experiences winterkills so a shift was proposed to focus primarily on a Sustainable Harvest management objective for yellow perch with a Liberal Harvest objective and regulation for other species (pike or walleye).

What did you tell us?

A strong majority of you (94.6%) supported the shift to focus primarily on a Sustainable Harvest objective for yellow perch harvest. With regards to the regulation, your responses were mixed, but the largest proportion (61.2%) of you indicated a preference to harvest pike of any size, per day.

We Listened and Responded

The following regulation change is being implemented for 2017:

Pike limit 3 (no size limit)

Bangs Lake

What did we ask you?

This lake experiences winterkills so a shift was proposed to focus primarily on a Sustainable Harvest management objective for yellow perch with a Liberal Harvest objective and regulation for other species (pike or walleye).

What did you tell us?

93.8% of you supported the shift to focus primarily on a Sustainable Harvest objective for yellow perch harvest. With regards to the regulation, your responses were mixed, but the largest proportion (65.3%) of you indicated a preference to harvest walleye and pike of any size, per day.

We Listened and Responded

The following regulation change is being implemented for 2017:

Walleye limit 3 (no size limit); Pike limit 3 (no size limit)

Little Bear Lake (near Cold Lake; 19-64-2-W4)

What did we ask you?

We asked for your feedback on diversifying the stocking plan to include brown and brook trout.

What did you tell us?

74.9% of you agreed with diversifying the stocking plan to include brown and brook trout.

We Listened and Responded

We will work with our Fish Culture team to revise our fish stocking plan to diversify the trout fishery

Moose Lake

What did we ask you?

We wanted to confirm that the management objective for this lake should be Sustainable Harvest for pike, walleye and perch.

What did you tell us?

80.5% of you agreed with a Sustainable Harvest management objective for pike and walleye, and 57.1% of you agreed that the management objective for yellow perch should also be Sustainable Harvest.

We Listened and Responded

There is no change to sportfishing regulations required. Thank you for assisting us in setting the management direction for this fishery.

Results on the Fisheries Management Survey – Lower Athabasca Region

What’s happening?

A review of recent assessments of walleye and pike fisheries in the region has resulted in the identification of opportunities to shift management objectives and corresponding regulations to address some habitat limitations or provide additional fishing and fish harvest opportunities.

Lac la Biche

What did we ask you?

We asked for confirmation of the objective to restore the walleye population and proposed the use of a Special Harvest Licence to provide a limited opportunity to harvest a small proportion of the walleye stocked in this lake, while maintaining the intent to re-establish a self-sustaining population.

What did you tell us?

87.9% of you agreed that the primary objective is to restore the walleye population, and 74.4% of you agreed with the use of a Special Harvest Licence to provide a limited opportunity to harvest a small proportion of the walleye stocked in this lake.

We Listened and Responded

The following regulation change is being implemented for 2017:

Walleye limit 0 – except for holder of a Special Harvest Licence and tags may retain walleye of a size, number, and at the times specified on the licence.

Bourque Lake

What did we ask you?

We asked for your feedback on a proposed shift to a Sustainable Harvest management objective and the harvest of walleye via a Special Harvest Licence for these lakes.

What did you tell us?

69.7% of you agreed with shifting to a Sustainable Harvest management objective and the harvest of walleye via a Special Harvest Licence.

We Listened and Responded

The following regulation change is being implemented for 2017:

May 15 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 0 – except for holder of a Special Harvest Licence and tags, may retain walleye of a size, number, and at the times specified on the licence.

Hilda Lake

What did we ask you?

We asked for your feedback on a proposed shift to a Sustainable Harvest management objective and the harvest of walleye via a Special Harvest Licence for these lakes.

What did you tell us?

65.3% of you agreed with shifting to a Sustainable Harvest management objective and the harvest of walleye via a Special Harvest Licence.

We Listened and Responded

The following regulation change is being implemented for 2017:

May 15 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 0 – except for holder of a Special Harvest Licence and tags, may retain walleye of a size, number, and at the times specified on the licence.

Manatokan Lake

What did we ask you?

This lake experiences winterkills so a shift was proposed to focus primarily on a Sustainable Harvest management objective for yellow perch with a Liberal Harvest objective and regulation for other species (pike or walleye).

What did you tell us?

A strong majority of you (94.6%) supported the shift to focus primarily on a Sustainable Harvest objective for yellow perch harvest. With regards to the regulation, your responses were mixed, but the largest proportion (61.2%) of you indicated a preference to harvest pike of any size, per day.

We Listened and Responded

The following regulation change is being implemented for 2017:

Pike limit 3 (no size limit)

Bangs Lake

What did we ask you?

This lake experiences winterkills so a shift was proposed to focus primarily on a Sustainable Harvest management objective for yellow perch with a Liberal Harvest objective and regulation for other species (pike or walleye).

What did you tell us?

93.8% of you supported the shift to focus primarily on a Sustainable Harvest objective for yellow perch harvest. With regards to the regulation, your responses were mixed, but the largest proportion (65.3%) of you indicated a preference to harvest walleye and pike of any size, per day.

We Listened and Responded

The following regulation change is being implemented for 2017:

Walleye limit 3 (no size limit); Pike limit 3 (no size limit)

Little Bear Lake (near Cold Lake; 19-64-2-W4)

What did we ask you?

We asked for your feedback on diversifying the stocking plan to include brown and brook trout.

What did you tell us?

74.9% of you agreed with diversifying the stocking plan to include brown and brook trout.

We Listened and Responded

We will work with our Fish Culture team to revise our fish stocking plan to diversify the trout fishery

Moose Lake

What did we ask you?

We wanted to confirm that the management objective for this lake should be Sustainable Harvest for pike, walleye and perch.

What did you tell us?

80.5% of you agreed with a Sustainable Harvest management objective for pike and walleye, and 57.1% of you agreed that the management objective for yellow perch should also be Sustainable Harvest.

We Listened and Responded

There is no change to sportfishing regulations required. Thank you for assisting us in setting the management direction for this fishery.