Fisheries Regulation Changes 2019-2020

Alberta Environment and Parks would like to hear from you! Provide your input on proposed fisheries management objectives and 2019-2020 fisheries regulations by completing the online surveys below. Survey questions are specific to each of the waterbodies open for consultation and can be found in the Surveys tab below.

For a reference to all waterbodies that are open for consultation, see the following:

The consultation and implementation of sportfishing regulations is an annual process. These changes are informed by Alberta’s fisheries management system, recreational species management frameworks and are aligned with the Fish Conservation and Management Strategy.

The consultation approach outlined in the Fish Conservation and Management Strategy describes how consultation changes with fishery status. Generally, lower risk fish populations provide more management options and conversely higher risk fish populations provide fewer options for management and likely require recovery or protection from further decline. In cases of high risk, notification of the required management action is provided. Lakes with a notification of changes to fisheries regulations are listed in the Notifications tab below.

For a reference to all waterbodies with a notification of change to regulations, see the following:

Alberta Environment and Parks uses standardized methods to monitor northern pike and walleye populations. For summaries of available information on Alberta’s lakes, please refer to:

Information from surveys completed in 2018 may not be posted as the data is still being analyzed. If you have questions regarding a particular lake, you are encouraged to contact the author of the Recreational Fisheries Management Objectives (RFMO or management objective) for that lake.

A summary of the feedback received from the online survey will be shared here, on the Talk AEP website.

Online consultation was initiated last year with the roll-out of the Northern Pike and Walleye Recreational Fishery Management Frameworks, North-Central Native Trout Recovery and Eastern Slopes Fisheries Regulations. More information can be found in the Related Links section, on the right side of the page.

Learn more about Alberta’s fisheries management by reviewing the Backgrounder and related resources linked on the right side of this page. Most importantly, we are asking for your input by completing the survey linked below.

Alberta Environment and Parks would like to hear from you! Provide your input on proposed fisheries management objectives and 2019-2020 fisheries regulations by completing the online surveys below. Survey questions are specific to each of the waterbodies open for consultation and can be found in the Surveys tab below.

For a reference to all waterbodies that are open for consultation, see the following:

The consultation and implementation of sportfishing regulations is an annual process. These changes are informed by Alberta’s fisheries management system, recreational species management frameworks and are aligned with the Fish Conservation and Management Strategy.

The consultation approach outlined in the Fish Conservation and Management Strategy describes how consultation changes with fishery status. Generally, lower risk fish populations provide more management options and conversely higher risk fish populations provide fewer options for management and likely require recovery or protection from further decline. In cases of high risk, notification of the required management action is provided. Lakes with a notification of changes to fisheries regulations are listed in the Notifications tab below.

For a reference to all waterbodies with a notification of change to regulations, see the following:

Alberta Environment and Parks uses standardized methods to monitor northern pike and walleye populations. For summaries of available information on Alberta’s lakes, please refer to:

Information from surveys completed in 2018 may not be posted as the data is still being analyzed. If you have questions regarding a particular lake, you are encouraged to contact the author of the Recreational Fisheries Management Objectives (RFMO or management objective) for that lake.

A summary of the feedback received from the online survey will be shared here, on the Talk AEP website.

Online consultation was initiated last year with the roll-out of the Northern Pike and Walleye Recreational Fishery Management Frameworks, North-Central Native Trout Recovery and Eastern Slopes Fisheries Regulations. More information can be found in the Related Links section, on the right side of the page.

Learn more about Alberta’s fisheries management by reviewing the Backgrounder and related resources linked on the right side of this page. Most importantly, we are asking for your input by completing the survey linked below.

  • Notifications of Proposed Management Changes to Recover Fisheries

    25 days ago

    The following waters are identified as having conservation concerns (high risk populations having a Fish Sustainability Index of 2 or less) and require management action. The prescribed regulation to recover high risk populations is catch and release as outlined in the updated recreational fishery management frameworks (Walleye and Northern Pike Frameworks).

    Implementation of recovery management actions are proposed with the intent of restoring fish populations to a level where other management objectives and regulations can be considered. These changes are necessary to meet conservation needs and achieve long-term sustainability. Waterbodies will be re-assessed to determine the status of fish populations...

    The following waters are identified as having conservation concerns (high risk populations having a Fish Sustainability Index of 2 or less) and require management action. The prescribed regulation to recover high risk populations is catch and release as outlined in the updated recreational fishery management frameworks (Walleye and Northern Pike Frameworks).

    Implementation of recovery management actions are proposed with the intent of restoring fish populations to a level where other management objectives and regulations can be considered. These changes are necessary to meet conservation needs and achieve long-term sustainability. Waterbodies will be re-assessed to determine the status of fish populations over the next several years and the regulations will be adjusted accordingly. Management notifications for recovering fisheries are listed below.

    If you have specific questions or feedback on any of the waterbodies listed, please email AB.Fisheries@gov.ab.ca

    Waterbodies with Northern Pike Regulation Changes

    Waterbody Fisheries Management Zone Legal Land Description
    Jackfish Lake ES2 SW6-41-11-W5
    Beta Lake ES3 SW9-55-11-W5
    Snipe Lake ES4 NW6-71-18-W5
    Blackett Lake NB1 SE27-66-11-W4
    Bluet Lake NB1 NW5-58-4-W4
    Claude Lake NB1 SW15-67-13-W4
    Elinor Lake NB1 NE30-65-11-W4
    Fork Lake NB1 NE22-63-11-W4
    Francis Lake NB1 SE11-69-11-W4
    Goodfish Lake NB1 NW12-61-13-W4
    Heart Lake NB1 NE5-70-10-W4
    Helena Lake NB1 SE4-66-11-W4
    Ironwood Lake NB1 SW7-65-10-W4
    Jackson Lake NB1 SW24-67-11-W4
    Kinnaird Lake NB1 SW6-67-10-W4
    Lac La Biche NB1 NE3-14-68-W4
    Logan Lake NB1 NE19-70-9-W4
    McGuffin Lake NB1 NW2-67-11-W4
    Piche Lake NB1 NW3-70-11-W4
    Pinehurst Lake NB1 NE27-65-10-W4
    Whitefish Lake NB1 SW16-62-13-W4
    Long Lake NB2 NW36-64-25-W4
    Narrow Lake NB2 SW7-65-24-W4
    Equisetum Lake NB3 NW15-89-5-W5
    Goodfish Lake NB3 NW9-89-5-W5
    Long Lake NB3 NE13-89-5-W5
    North Wabasca Lake NB3 SW31-81-25-W4
    Rainbow Lake NB3 SW20-90-2-W5
    Unnamed (Artisinn) Lake NB3 SE8-82-9-W5
    Unnamed (Little Sandy) Lake NB3 NE31-79-22-W4
    Battle Lake PP2 SE14-46-2-W5
    Unnamed (Forestburg Res) Lake PP2 NE30-40-15-W4

    Waterbodies with Walleye Regulation Changes

    Waterbody Fisheries Management Zone Legal Land Description
    Heart Lake NB1 NE5-70-10-W4
    Goodfish Lake NB3 NW9-89-5-W5
    Rainbow Lake NB3 SW20-90-2-W5
    South Wabasca Lake NB3 SE6-80-24-W4
    Thurston Lake NB3 SW9-126-1-W6
    Unnamed (Little Sandy) Lake NB3 NE31-79-22-W4
  • Recreational Fisheries Management Frameworks for Northern Pike and Walleye

    25 days ago

    In Alberta, we manage fisheries according to the Fish and Wildlife Policy for Alberta and the Fish Conservation and Management Strategy to ensure conservation and sustainability, to meet constitutional obligations to First Nations, and to provide recreational opportunities. Alberta utilizes a comprehensive, science-based fisheries management system where standardized fisheries assessments allow biologists to determine the status of the fish populations and the sustainability of fisheries. This information, along with feedback gathered in consultations with Albertans, is used to develop a Recreational Fish Management Objective and set fishing regulations (and identify other management actions).

    Management...

    In Alberta, we manage fisheries according to the Fish and Wildlife Policy for Alberta and the Fish Conservation and Management Strategy to ensure conservation and sustainability, to meet constitutional obligations to First Nations, and to provide recreational opportunities. Alberta utilizes a comprehensive, science-based fisheries management system where standardized fisheries assessments allow biologists to determine the status of the fish populations and the sustainability of fisheries. This information, along with feedback gathered in consultations with Albertans, is used to develop a Recreational Fish Management Objective and set fishing regulations (and identify other management actions).

    Management frameworks for fish species outline the management approaches for achieving a desired population status and type of fishery (e.g. Sustainable Harvest, Old Growth) while considering other factors such as biological capability and limitations. Currently, the Northern Pike and Walleye Recreational Fisheries Management Frameworks are completed. These frameworks outline the range of recreational objectives and associated standard management tools to achieve the desired population and fisheries types.

    Implementation of the Northern Pike and Walleye Recreational Management Frameworks and summary of year one survey results: What we heard

    As part of Alberta’s fisheries management approach, Recreational Fisheries Management Frameworks were developed for both northern pike and Walleye. These Frameworks were rolled out in 2017-2018 in a three phase approach to obtain public feedback.

    • In Phase One, we received public feedback on key management questions such as catch and release, Special Harvest Licences, season length and other discussion items. The message we received in Phase One was that for the majority of respondents, harvest was not the prime motivation for fishing and that healthy fish stocks was the goal.
    • In Phase Two, we asked for your feedback on these draft management frameworks and found strong support for the types of fishing opportunities, the tools that could be used for managing Alberta’s fisheries and a desire to see more fisheries managed for quality fishing opportunities.
    • In Phase Three, we consulted on some of the waters where fish populations are at a low to moderate risk status for long-term sustainability, and where new Recreational Fisheries Management Objectives (RFMO) were being proposed. During Phase Three, several open houses were held across the province to allow the public an opportunity to provide feedback on the Frameworks as well as the lake-specific regulations being proposed for their area.

    The final summary of all three phases, including the results of each lake survey can be found at:

    Consulting with stakeholders about management decisions is an essential step in managing fish populations and fisheries in Alberta. Thank you for providing suggestions into the consultation approach and survey design. We have incorporated feedback we received into this year’s process.