Running with the Bulls in Fort McMurray

Who says horror stories can’t have happy endings? After nearly two years, the Texaco East Pond has been restocked and is open to fishing again. The popular local fishing hole was closed after an angler reported an unusual catch on June 23, 2015. This fishy find was in fact a black bullhead – a species of catfish – and the ecological impacts it had on the pond were devastating.

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Alberta Fisheries Management – The Science of Fish

DSC05408Anglers in Alberta experience world-class fishing today, but this was not always the case.

Starting as early as the 1970s, Alberta’s sport fisheries declined to a shocking degree. Native trout like cutthroat trout and bull trout were rare catches in mountain streams. Lakes once famous for walleye and pike fishing were reduced to shadows of former quality. By the 1980s and 1990s, Alberta walleye fisheries were among the worst in North America; surveys at many lakes reporting 80 per cent of anglers catching nothing during a fishing trip. Angler numbers declined and with them went millions of dollars in lost economic activity. Continue reading

Alberta Fisheries Management – A Fishin’ Poll for Your Fishin’ Hole

The management of fisheries in Alberta is dynamic and challenging. Especially when considering that Alberta has experienced robust economic and population growth and has only 800 native sport fish-bearing lakes and about 300 waters stocked with non-native trout. In comparison, other provinces such as Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario have tens, or even hundreds of thousands of fish-bearing lakes.

In addition to meeting the rights of Indigenous peoples, Alberta’s fisheries are also relied upon to provide benefits to more than 300,000 anglers. Fisheries management in Alberta has had to evolve and improve to meet the challenges.  Continue reading

Fish Alberta – Wabamun Lake

‘Wabamun’ is the Cree word for mirror – It’s an apt name for the large, shallow, calm lake situated 60 kilometers west of Edmonton.

For generations, people living in Alberta have enjoyed Wabamun Lake’s natural beaches, beautiful wilderness and recreational opportunities.

For generations, Albertans have enjoyed swimming, sailing and fishing at Wabamun Lake

The area has three sailing clubs, multiple boat launches, and a provincial park. Surrounded by small communities such as Seba Beach, Rich’s Point, and Ascot Beach, Wabamun Lake attracts people for opportunities to go boating, sailing, swimming, wakeboarding and water skiing. Continue reading

Mission Walleye Restoration Part 3 – Operation Stocking and Beyond

This is final part of a three part series. Check out part one and part two here.

Into the truckIn 2005, Fisheries Management in Lac La Biche commenced an intensive, complex and never attempted before program to restore the Lac La Biche walleye. This is the tale of collected walleye eggs and their journey to adulthood.

Oh, our tiny walleye grow up so fast! These little guys have travelled many kilometres in a very short time – these fish really do fly! Now it’s time to safely stock these tiny walleye into Lac La Biche. What comes next? Read on to find out.

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Mission Walleye Restoration Part 2 – Operation “No Small Fry”

This is part two of a three part series. Check out part one here.

In 2005, Fisheries Management in Lac La Biche commenced an intensive, complex and never attempted before program to restore the Lac La Biche walleye. This is the tale of collected walleye eggs and their journey to adulthood.

When we last left our newly fertilized walleye egg friends, fisheries management staff had successfully loaded them on the helicopter, their destination is the Cold Lake Hatchery.

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Mission Walleye Restoration Part 1- Operation “No Bad Egg”

This is part one of a three part series.

In 2005, Fisheries Management in Lac La Biche commenced an intensive, complex and never attempted before program to restore the Lac La Biche walleye. This is the tale of harvested walleye eggs and their journey to adulthood.

We start our story with a team of fisheries management staff. Transported to remote areas of the province referred to as Spawn Camps, they have been called on to help repopulate walleye in Lac La Biche – the mission – collect walleye eggs.

The following snapshot is of the base of one of the operations sites located on Brett Creek on the northwest side of Primrose lake.

Spawn Camp 1

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