Recent flooding – and recovery work currently taking place – has negatively impacted Alberta’s native fish populations. The amazing efforts of our staff and volunteers have returned many ‘stranded’ fish from storm pools and basements to the rivers – but we’re still expecting some mortality for both fish and fry.
Protect fish populations: catch and release
It’s now more important than ever that we protect surviving fish populations and help them to thrive. To help our fish recover, ESRD is asking anglers to voluntarily release all fish caught from certain flowing waters for the remainder of the 2013/14 fishing season. This request applies to:
- All flowing waters in Management Area ES1
- All flowing waters in Management Area ES2 upstream of the Forestry Trunk Road
- In Management Area PP1:
- Bow River from Highway 24 downstream to Highway 36
- OldmanRiver from Secondary Rd. 509 downstream to Highway 36
- In Management Area PP2:
- The Red Deer River from Dickson Dam downstream to Highway 27
In order to reduce injury to hooked fish, we’re also asking anglers to avoid the use of all bait (including maggots) in these waters.
You can find maps of these management areas in the 2013 Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations. If you’re not sure about the management classification of your fishing destination this summer, please check this guide before you head out.
Working together, we can ensure that as many fish as possible survive to spawn again. The support of anglers during this challenging time will ensure that Alberta’s fisheries – and angling opportunities – continue to thrive.