New year, new fishing opportunities

2017 is a great year to get your family hooked on the Alberta fishing experience!

The 2017 Sportfishing Regulations come into force starting April 1 and with them come some new opportunities for recreational anglers in the province.

This decision was made based on several factors including data gathered from Fall Index Netting, information around fisheries management objectives and engagement with anglers and other interested members of the public.

New opportunities for fish harvest can be found in the regulations and include:

  • Pike: Pine Coulee Reservoir, Magee Lake, Manatokan Lake, Bangs Lake
  • Walleye: Pine Coulee Reservoir, Burnstick Lake, Gleniffer Reservoir, Gull Lake, Lac Bellevue, Bourque Lake, Hilda Lake, and Lac La Biche.
  • Yellow Perch: Strubel Lake.

For those interested in getting a special walleye licence this year, the 2017 Special Walleye Licence Draw will start on April 4 and will run until April 27. Draw applications can be purchased online or through local licence issuers. Application cost is $3.35 and is non-refundable.

Also new this year, My Wild Alberta has gotten a face lift! Now you can take My Wild Alberta with you on your fishing trip and get the latest information, warnings and more with the mobile-optimized updates. Thanks to a new responsive design, the website has made it easier to see information no matter what devise you are using.

If you have a question or input to share on this site or anything hunting and fishing related in Alberta, be sure to follow us on Facebook!

While there is still ice on most of the lakes in the province, please remember to always clean, drain and dry your watercraft and equipment before heading out to another waterbody. Doing this will help reduce the risk of spreading disease in the province’s fisheries. Always remember to “pull the plug” before transporting a boat – it is illegal to transport it with the drain plug in place.

Accessible fishingBesides being fun, fishing offers a great way to relive stress, bond with friends and of course, everyone needs a story to share about “the one that got away.” No matter what your age or ability, why not cast aside any doubts you may have and make this the year you get out and catch fishing fever!

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