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Northern Pike and Walleye Management Frameworks

Alberta Environment and Parks Policy and Operations Divisions for Fisheries Management have identified the need to update the province’s Fisheries Management Program to align with Alberta’s Fish Conservation and Management Strategy.

As part of this fisheries management initiative, we have developed draft Recreational Fisheries Management Frameworks for Northern Pike and Walleye.

  • In Phase One of this project, we received public feedback on key management questions such as catch and release, Special Harvest Licences, season length and other discussion items.

  • In Phase Two, we asked for your feedback on these draft management frameworks.

Phase Three: Recreational Fisheries Management Objectives Consultation

This initiative has now reached Phase Three. In this Phase, we are beginning to consult 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 are being proposed. The consultation and implementation of the Northern Pike and Walleye management frameworks are expected to occur over the next two to three years.

Learn more about this fisheries management initiative by reviewing the Backgrounder and related resources linked on the right side of this page. Most importantly, share your input with us, by completing the surveys linked below. Each survey covers waterbodies within a particular Fish Management Zone (FMZ) as follows:

FMZWaterbodies for Consultation
ES2Gleniffer Lake
ES3Gregg, Jarvis, Little McLeod [Pegasus] and Minnow Lakes
ES4Crooked, Iosegun, Raspberry and Sturgeon Lakes
NB1Amisk, Elinor, Ethel, Hilda, Hope, Lac La Biche, Moose, Seibert, Skeleton, Spencer and Tucker Lakes
NB2Fawcett and Wingami Lakes
NB3Haig, Joker, Legend, Muskwa, Nipisi, Round and Utikuma Lakes
NB4Gregoire [Willow] Lake
PP2Buck, Buffalo, Sylvan and Wabamun Lakes


Surveys close on December 12, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

Notification on Fishing Regulation Changes

We will also be providing notification on changes to regulations where northern pike and walleye populations face a high or very high risk to their sustainability, and where recovery is the only management option available to ensure species conservation objectives are met.

This information will be posted as soon as it is available. Please refer to the notification tab for more details.

Alberta Environment and Parks Policy and Operations Divisions for Fisheries Management have identified the need to update the province’s Fisheries Management Program to align with Alberta’s Fish Conservation and Management Strategy.

As part of this fisheries management initiative, we have developed draft Recreational Fisheries Management Frameworks for Northern Pike and Walleye.

  • In Phase One of this project, we received public feedback on key management questions such as catch and release, Special Harvest Licences, season length and other discussion items.

  • In Phase Two, we asked for your feedback on these draft management frameworks.

Phase Three: Recreational Fisheries Management Objectives Consultation

This initiative has now reached Phase Three. In this Phase, we are beginning to consult 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 are being proposed. The consultation and implementation of the Northern Pike and Walleye management frameworks are expected to occur over the next two to three years.

Learn more about this fisheries management initiative by reviewing the Backgrounder and related resources linked on the right side of this page. Most importantly, share your input with us, by completing the surveys linked below. Each survey covers waterbodies within a particular Fish Management Zone (FMZ) as follows:

FMZWaterbodies for Consultation
ES2Gleniffer Lake
ES3Gregg, Jarvis, Little McLeod [Pegasus] and Minnow Lakes
ES4Crooked, Iosegun, Raspberry and Sturgeon Lakes
NB1Amisk, Elinor, Ethel, Hilda, Hope, Lac La Biche, Moose, Seibert, Skeleton, Spencer and Tucker Lakes
NB2Fawcett and Wingami Lakes
NB3Haig, Joker, Legend, Muskwa, Nipisi, Round and Utikuma Lakes
NB4Gregoire [Willow] Lake
PP2Buck, Buffalo, Sylvan and Wabamun Lakes


Surveys close on December 12, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

Notification on Fishing Regulation Changes

We will also be providing notification on changes to regulations where northern pike and walleye populations face a high or very high risk to their sustainability, and where recovery is the only management option available to ensure species conservation objectives are met.

This information will be posted as soon as it is available. Please refer to the notification tab for more details.

  • Proposed RFMO Survey – Fish Management Zone ES2 (Gleniffer Lake)

    Alberta Environment and Parks is seeking your feedback on proposed fishing regulation changes for 34 select waterbodies. The proposed regulation changes reflect an intent to ensure conservation of the fisheries while also providing additional angling opportunities.

    This survey covers the proposed Recreational Fisheries Management Objectives (RFMOs) for Gleniffer Lake in Alberta’s Eastern Slopes 2 (ES2) Fish Management Zone.

    For a map location of the zone and its waterbodies, see:

    For definitions of terms used in this survey, visit theContinue reading

    Alberta Environment and Parks is seeking your feedback on proposed fishing regulation changes for 34 select waterbodies. The proposed regulation changes reflect an intent to ensure conservation of the fisheries while also providing additional angling opportunities.

    This survey covers the proposed Recreational Fisheries Management Objectives (RFMOs) for Gleniffer Lake in Alberta’s Eastern Slopes 2 (ES2) Fish Management Zone.

    For a map location of the zone and its waterbodies, see:

    For definitions of terms used in this survey, visit the My Wild Alberta website at:

    Personal Information Collection and Use Notification

    The opinions you provide in this survey to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) is collected under the authorization of the Fisheries (Alberta) Act and Section 8 (1) (2) of the Government Organization Act, and is being managed in accordance with Part 2 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act.

    Submission of this information is strictly voluntary and the opinions being collected will be used by AEP to develop, engage and provide information on policies, plans, programs and services pertaining to Alberta’s fisheries. The email addresses collected may be used to inform respondents through email of future surveys.

    By participating in this survey you are giving Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) your permission to use your opinions and comments for input into this directive and the results of the survey will be anonymized and summarized on the AEP website. The personal information provided, will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose without your consent by Alberta Environment and Parks. Should you have any further questions or concerns, please contact:

    Take Survey
  • Proposed RFMO Survey – Fish Management Zone ES3 (Gregg, Jarvis, Little McLeod [Pegasus] and Minnow Lakes)

    Alberta Environment and Parks is seeking your feedback on proposed fishing regulation changes for 34 select waterbodies. The proposed regulation changes reflect an intent to ensure conservation of the fisheries while also providing additional angling opportunities.

    This survey covers the proposed Recreational Fisheries Management Objectives (RFMOs) for the following waterbodies in Alberta’s Eastern Slopes 3 (ES3) Fish Management Zone.

    • Gregg Lake
    • Jarvis Lake
    • Little McLeod (Pegasus) Lake
    • Minnow Lake

    For a map location of the zone and its waterbodies, see:

    Alberta Environment and Parks is seeking your feedback on proposed fishing regulation changes for 34 select waterbodies. The proposed regulation changes reflect an intent to ensure conservation of the fisheries while also providing additional angling opportunities.

    This survey covers the proposed Recreational Fisheries Management Objectives (RFMOs) for the following waterbodies in Alberta’s Eastern Slopes 3 (ES3) Fish Management Zone.

    • Gregg Lake
    • Jarvis Lake
    • Little McLeod (Pegasus) Lake
    • Minnow Lake

    For a map location of the zone and its waterbodies, see:

    For definitions of terms used in this survey, visit the My Wild Alberta website at:

    Personal Information Collection and Use Notification

    The opinions you provide in this survey to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) is collected under the authorization of the Fisheries (Alberta) Act and Section 8 (1) (2) of the Government Organization Act, and is being managed in accordance with Part 2 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act.

    Submission of this information is strictly voluntary and the opinions being collected will be used by AEP to develop, engage and provide information on policies, plans, programs and services pertaining to Alberta’s fisheries. The email addresses collected may be used to inform respondents through email of future surveys.

    By participating in this survey you are giving Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) your permission to use your opinions and comments for input into this directive and the results of the survey will be anonymized and summarized on the AEP website. The personal information provided, will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose without your consent by Alberta Environment and Parks. Should you have any further questions or concerns, please contact:

    Take Survey
  • Proposed RFMO Survey – Fish Management Zone ES4 (Crooked, Iosegun, Raspberry and Sturgeon Lakes)

    Alberta Environment and Parks is seeking your feedback on proposed fishing regulation changes for 34 select waterbodies. The proposed regulation changes reflect an intent to ensure conservation of the fisheries while also providing additional angling opportunities.

    This survey covers the proposed Recreational Fisheries Management Objectives (RFMOs) for the following waterbodies in Alberta’s Eastern Slopes 4 (ES4) Fish Management Zone.

    • Crooked Lake
    • Iosegun Lake
    • Raspberry Lake
    • Sturgeon Lake

    For a map location of the zone and its waterbodies, see:

    Alberta Environment and Parks is seeking your feedback on proposed fishing regulation changes for 34 select waterbodies. The proposed regulation changes reflect an intent to ensure conservation of the fisheries while also providing additional angling opportunities.

    This survey covers the proposed Recreational Fisheries Management Objectives (RFMOs) for the following waterbodies in Alberta’s Eastern Slopes 4 (ES4) Fish Management Zone.

    • Crooked Lake
    • Iosegun Lake
    • Raspberry Lake
    • Sturgeon Lake

    For a map location of the zone and its waterbodies, see:

    For definitions of terms used in this survey, visit the My Wild Alberta website at:

    Personal Information Collection and Use Notification

    The opinions you provide in this survey to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) is collected under the authorization of the Fisheries (Alberta) Act and Section 8 (1) (2) of the Government Organization Act, and is being managed in accordance with Part 2 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act.

    Submission of this information is strictly voluntary and the opinions being collected will be used by AEP to develop, engage and provide information on policies, plans, programs and services pertaining to Alberta’s fisheries. The email addresses collected may be used to inform respondents through email of future surveys.

    By participating in this survey you are giving Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) your permission to use your opinions and comments for input into this directive and the results of the survey will be anonymized and summarized on the AEP website. The personal information provided, will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose without your consent by Alberta Environment and Parks. Should you have any further questions or concerns, please contact:

    Take Survey
  • Proposed RFMO Survey – Fish Management Zone NB1 (Amisk, Elinor, Ethel, Hilda, Hope, Lac La Biche, Moose, Seibert, Skeleton, Spencer and Tucker Lakes)

    Alberta Environment and Parks is seeking your feedback on proposed fishing regulation changes for 34 select waterbodies. The proposed regulation changes reflect an intent to ensure conservation of the fisheries while also providing additional angling opportunities.

    This survey covers the proposed Recreational Fisheries Management Objectives (RFMOs) for the following waterbodies in Alberta’s Northern Boreal 1 (NB1) Fish Management Zone.

    • Amisk Lake
    • Elinor Lake
    • Ethel Lake
    • Hilda Lake
    • Hope Lake
    • Lac La Biche
    • Moose Lake
    • Seibert Lake
    • Skeleton Lake
    • Spencer Lake
    • Tucker Lake

    For a mapContinue reading

    Alberta Environment and Parks is seeking your feedback on proposed fishing regulation changes for 34 select waterbodies. The proposed regulation changes reflect an intent to ensure conservation of the fisheries while also providing additional angling opportunities.

    This survey covers the proposed Recreational Fisheries Management Objectives (RFMOs) for the following waterbodies in Alberta’s Northern Boreal 1 (NB1) Fish Management Zone.

    • Amisk Lake
    • Elinor Lake
    • Ethel Lake
    • Hilda Lake
    • Hope Lake
    • Lac La Biche
    • Moose Lake
    • Seibert Lake
    • Skeleton Lake
    • Spencer Lake
    • Tucker Lake

    For a map location of the zone and its waterbodies, see:

    For definitions of terms used in this survey, visit the My Wild Alberta website at:

    Personal Information Collection and Use Notification

    The opinions you provide in this survey to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) is collected under the authorization of the Fisheries (Alberta) Act and Section 8 (1) (2) of the Government Organization Act, and is being managed in accordance with Part 2 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act.

    Submission of this information is strictly voluntary and the opinions being collected will be used by AEP to develop, engage and provide information on policies, plans, programs and services pertaining to Alberta’s fisheries. The email addresses collected may be used to inform respondents through email of future surveys.

    By participating in this survey you are giving Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) your permission to use your opinions and comments for input into this directive and the results of the survey will be anonymized and summarized on the AEP website. The personal information provided, will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose without your consent by Alberta Environment and Parks. Should you have any further questions or concerns, please contact:

    Take Survey
  • Proposed RFMO Survey – Fish Management Zone NB2 (Fawcett and Wingami Lakes)

    Alberta Environment and Parks is seeking your feedback on proposed fishing regulation changes for 34 select waterbodies. The proposed regulation changes reflect an intent to ensure conservation of the fisheries while also providing additional angling opportunities.

    This survey covers the proposed Recreational Fisheries Management Objectives (RFMOs) for the following waterbodies in Alberta’s Northern Boreal 2 (NB2) Fish Management Zone.

    • Fawcett Lake
    • Wingami Lake

    For a map location of the zone and its waterbodies, see:

    For definitions ofContinue reading

    Alberta Environment and Parks is seeking your feedback on proposed fishing regulation changes for 34 select waterbodies. The proposed regulation changes reflect an intent to ensure conservation of the fisheries while also providing additional angling opportunities.

    This survey covers the proposed Recreational Fisheries Management Objectives (RFMOs) for the following waterbodies in Alberta’s Northern Boreal 2 (NB2) Fish Management Zone.

    • Fawcett Lake
    • Wingami Lake

    For a map location of the zone and its waterbodies, see:

    For definitions of terms used in this survey, visit the My Wild Alberta website at:

    Personal Information Collection and Use Notification

    The opinions you provide in this survey to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) is collected under the authorization of the Fisheries (Alberta) Act and Section 8 (1) (2) of the Government Organization Act, and is being managed in accordance with Part 2 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act.

    Submission of this information is strictly voluntary and the opinions being collected will be used by AEP to develop, engage and provide information on policies, plans, programs and services pertaining to Alberta’s fisheries. The email addresses collected may be used to inform respondents through email of future surveys.

    By participating in this survey you are giving Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) your permission to use your opinions and comments for input into this directive and the results of the survey will be anonymized and summarized on the AEP website. The personal information provided, will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose without your consent by Alberta Environment and Parks. Should you have any further questions or concerns, please contact:

    Take Survey
  • Proposed RFMO Survey – Fish Management Zone NB3 (Haig, Joker, Legend, Muskwa, Nipisi, Round and Utikuma Lakes)

    Alberta Environment and Parks is seeking your feedback on proposed fishing regulation changes for 34 select waterbodies. The proposed regulation changes reflect an intent to ensure conservation of the fisheries while also providing additional angling opportunities.

    This survey covers the proposed Recreational Fisheries Management Objectives (RFMOs) for the following waterbodies in Alberta’s Northern Boreal 3 (NB3) Fish Management Zone.

    • Haig Lake
    • Joker Lake
    • Legend Lake
    • Muskwa Lake
    • Nipisi Lake
    • Round Lake
    • Utikuma Lake

    For a map location of the zone and its waterbodies, see:

    Alberta Environment and Parks is seeking your feedback on proposed fishing regulation changes for 34 select waterbodies. The proposed regulation changes reflect an intent to ensure conservation of the fisheries while also providing additional angling opportunities.

    This survey covers the proposed Recreational Fisheries Management Objectives (RFMOs) for the following waterbodies in Alberta’s Northern Boreal 3 (NB3) Fish Management Zone.

    • Haig Lake
    • Joker Lake
    • Legend Lake
    • Muskwa Lake
    • Nipisi Lake
    • Round Lake
    • Utikuma Lake

    For a map location of the zone and its waterbodies, see:

    For definitions of terms used in this survey, visit the My Wild Alberta website at:

    Personal Information Collection and Use Notification

    The opinions you provide in this survey to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) is collected under the authorization of the Fisheries (Alberta) Act and Section 8 (1) (2) of the Government Organization Act, and is being managed in accordance with Part 2 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act.

    Submission of this information is strictly voluntary and the opinions being collected will be used by AEP to develop, engage and provide information on policies, plans, programs and services pertaining to Alberta’s fisheries. The email addresses collected may be used to inform respondents through email of future surveys.

    By participating in this survey you are giving Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) your permission to use your opinions and comments for input into this directive and the results of the survey will be anonymized and summarized on the AEP website. The personal information provided, will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose without your consent by Alberta Environment and Parks. Should you have any further questions or concerns, please contact:

    Take Survey
  • Proposed RFMO Survey – Fish Management Zone NB4 (Gregoire [Willow] Lake)

    Alberta Environment and Parks is seeking your feedback on proposed fishing regulation changes for 34 select waterbodies. The proposed regulation changes reflect an intent to ensure conservation of the fisheries while also providing additional angling opportunities.

    This survey covers the proposed Recreational Fisheries Management Objectives (RFMOs) for Gregoire (Willow) Lake in Alberta’s Northern Boreal 4 (NB4) Fish Management Zone.

    For a map location of the zone and its waterbodies, see:

    For a map location of the zone and its waterbodies, see:

    Continue reading

    Alberta Environment and Parks is seeking your feedback on proposed fishing regulation changes for 34 select waterbodies. The proposed regulation changes reflect an intent to ensure conservation of the fisheries while also providing additional angling opportunities.

    This survey covers the proposed Recreational Fisheries Management Objectives (RFMOs) for Gregoire (Willow) Lake in Alberta’s Northern Boreal 4 (NB4) Fish Management Zone.

    For a map location of the zone and its waterbodies, see:

    For a map location of the zone and its waterbodies, see:

    For definitions of terms used in this survey, visit the My Wild Alberta website at:

    Personal Information Collection and Use Notification

    The opinions you provide in this survey to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) is collected under the authorization of the Fisheries (Alberta) Act and Section 8 (1) (2) of the Government Organization Act, and is being managed in accordance with Part 2 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act.

    Submission of this information is strictly voluntary and the opinions being collected will be used by AEP to develop, engage and provide information on policies, plans, programs and services pertaining to Alberta’s fisheries. The email addresses collected may be used to inform respondents through email of future surveys.

    By participating in this survey you are giving Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) your permission to use your opinions and comments for input into this directive and the results of the survey will be anonymized and summarized on the AEP website. The personal information provided, will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose without your consent by Alberta Environment and Parks. Should you have any further questions or concerns, please contact:

    Take Survey
  • Proposed RFMO Survey – Fish Management Zone PP2 (Buck, Buffalo, Sylvan and Wabamun Lakes)

    Alberta Environment and Parks is seeking your feedback on proposed fishing regulation changes for 34 select waterbodies. The proposed regulation changes reflect an intent to ensure conservation of the fisheries while also providing additional angling opportunities.

    This survey covers the proposed Recreational Fisheries Management Objectives (RFMOs) for the following waterbodies in Alberta’s Parkland Prairie 2 (PP2) Fish Management Zone.

    • Buck Lake
    • Buffalo Lake
    • Sylvan Lake
    • Wabamun Lake

    For a map location of the zone and its waterbodies, see:

    Alberta Environment and Parks is seeking your feedback on proposed fishing regulation changes for 34 select waterbodies. The proposed regulation changes reflect an intent to ensure conservation of the fisheries while also providing additional angling opportunities.

    This survey covers the proposed Recreational Fisheries Management Objectives (RFMOs) for the following waterbodies in Alberta’s Parkland Prairie 2 (PP2) Fish Management Zone.

    • Buck Lake
    • Buffalo Lake
    • Sylvan Lake
    • Wabamun Lake

    For a map location of the zone and its waterbodies, see:

    For definitions of terms used in this survey, visit the My Wild Alberta website at:

    Personal Information Collection and Use Notification

    The opinions you provide in this survey to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) is collected under the authorization of the Fisheries (Alberta) Act and Section 8 (1) (2) of the Government Organization Act, and is being managed in accordance with Part 2 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act.

    Submission of this information is strictly voluntary and the opinions being collected will be used by AEP to develop, engage and provide information on policies, plans, programs and services pertaining to Alberta’s fisheries. The email addresses collected may be used to inform respondents through email of future surveys.

    By participating in this survey you are giving Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) your permission to use your opinions and comments for input into this directive and the results of the survey will be anonymized and summarized on the AEP website. The personal information provided, will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose without your consent by Alberta Environment and Parks. Should you have any further questions or concerns, please contact:

    Take Survey
  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Northern Pike and Walleye Recreational Fisheries Management Frameworks - Draft Review Survey

    Thank you for your interest in recreational fisheries management in Alberta. This survey is now closed, but stay tuned for the next phase of this engagement, scheduled to take place later this year.

    In the next phase, we will consult on some of the waters where fish populations are low to moderate risk status for long term sustainability, and where new Recreational Fishery Management Objectives are being proposed. Participants will have the opportunity to weigh in on proposed northern pike and walleye sportfishing regulation changes for these select waterbodies throughout the province of Alberta.

    We willContinue reading

    Thank you for your interest in recreational fisheries management in Alberta. This survey is now closed, but stay tuned for the next phase of this engagement, scheduled to take place later this year.

    In the next phase, we will consult on some of the waters where fish populations are low to moderate risk status for long term sustainability, and where new Recreational Fishery Management Objectives are being proposed. Participants will have the opportunity to weigh in on proposed northern pike and walleye sportfishing regulation changes for these select waterbodies throughout the province of Alberta.

    We will provide notification on some changes to regulations in areas where fish populations are in a high or very high risk to continued sustainability, and where recovery is the only management option available, in order to ensure conservation objectives are met.

    Take Survey