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

Meet Our Alberta Parks Ambassadors – Chelsea S

Alberta Parks Ambassadors are united by a common passion for all things Alberta Parks and a desire to share their experiences. This spring, 130 people applied to take part in the Ambassador Program and from those applicants 13 were chosen to bring their adventures to life for everyone to enjoy and to inspire people to have their own Alberta Parks experience.

Through this 13 part blog series, we will introduce your Alberta Parks Ambassadors and share what they’ve been up to this summer.

Chelsea S

chelsea-profile-photoChelsea is a firefighter, guide, photographer and writer who calls Kananaskis Country, Alberta home. Her love of canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding (SUPing), hiking, fishing, camping and coffee made over a campfire fire are a huge part of what keeps her living life to the fullest and experiencing all it has to offer.

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When Jacks Attack

One young girl in Drayton Valley got a shock when she was swimming in the area and had an encounter of the fishy kind. One of the pike in the lake bit her hand – while his motive was unclear, biologists from Environment and Parks sprang into action!

Taking the bait

Photos of the bite and a tooth collected during the incident were submitted as evidence in this case. The team determined this was probably a case of a northern pike (Esox Lucious) biting the swimmer’s hand – but needed to look deeper. Continue reading

Catching a Memory

Story by Craig Brown – Information Officer at the Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Information Centre

Family Day long weekend has always been one of my favorites. It’s prime time to get out and see what Alberta’s winter landscape has to offer. My family has a tradition of coming together and doing something we wouldn’t normally do. Last year the usual ideas were thrown around. Skiing? Tobogganing? Skating? Then, someone suggested fishing.

Fishing in February seemed like an adventure but created even more questions. What did we need to know? What regulations would need to be followed? Would we need a licence?

The first thing I discovered was that since Family Day long weekend coincides with Alberta’s Family Fishing Weekend – no licence is required!


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2014 Fish Stocking: list of stocked locations

UPDATED: A current list of all locations stocked to date is available on the My Wild Alberta website, here.

It’s that time of year again – fish-stocking season! As we stock various lakes and ponds throughout the province, we’ll post the locations here and on the  My Wild Alberta Facebook page. Later this week, we’ll be sharing the inside scoop on how this stocking gets done – so stay tuned. And of course, please make sure you follow all sportfishing regulations when you’re out there this summer.


BROOKS – Bow City East, Brooks Aquaduct Pond
CAMROSE – Diplomat Mine Pond
CARDSTON – Spring Coulee Park Pond, Outpost Lake, Payne Lake
COLD LAKE Ardmore Community Pond
FOREMOST – Foremost Reservoir
LETHBRIDGE – McVinnie Reservoir, Enchant Park Pond, Keenex Coulee Reservoir
MEDICINE HAT – Echo Dale Park, Cavan Lake, Michel Reservoir
PROVOST – Captain Eyre Lake
STRATHMORE – Severn Creek Reservoir 


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July 13th and 14th is Family Fishing Weekend – no licence required

Albertans don’t like fishing – they love it. Our province has more registered anglers every year per fishable water body than almost any other province in Canada. While this enthusiasm is great, it also requires that we take steps to prevent overfishing. Poster for Family Fishing Weekend, July 13-14

To help ensure sportfishing in Alberta is done sustainably, ESRD requires that all adult anglers be licensed. Although children don’t need a licence to fish, they do need someone to teach them how – and if they don’t know anyone who’s already been ‘hooked’ by the sport, they might not have a chance to learn.

We want everyone to have the chance to develop a passion for fishing – and that’s where Family Fishing Weekends come in. For two weekends each year – one in July and one in February – a licence is not required for sportfishing on waterbodies with open fishing seasons (not in national parks).

This summer’s Family Fishing Weekend is July 13th and 14th – this Saturday and Sunday. It’s a great opportunity to teach those who are new to the sport – including children, colleagues, friends, and other family members – how to fish responsibly.

Click here for full details including qualifying information, where you can fish, and more tips on responsible angling practices.

 Before you head out this weekend, please remember:

  • Minimize harm to fish when catch-and-release fishing by using barbless hooks and handling fish carefully before releasing them back into the water.
  • National parks are not included in Free Fishing Weekend locations – click here to see where to fish this weekend.

** Special safety information for Southern Alberta:

  • For public safety reasons, it is strongly recommended that Albertans do not use rivers in the Bow, Oldman and South Saskatchewan River basins. Flows remain high and banks are highly unstable at this time, and there is still significant debris and sedimentation in the water. Turbid (muddy and cloudy) water reduces visibility for identifying hazards, making river use dangerous. Please report significant river hazards to the Energy and Environmental 24-Hour Response Line at 1-800-222-6514.


Anglers asked to go barbless

Photo of a man fishing in a lakeAlberta has been barbless since April 2004 – and our fishing community has been a strong supporter of the barbed hook ban on provincial waters.  Albertans understand the benefit of barbless hooks to maintaining healthy fish stocks for current and future anglers.

That’s why we are asking Alberta’s anglers to keep barbed hooks out of our waters as we work with our federal counterparts to fix an unfortunate oversight.

Last fall, a federal amendment to the Alberta Fishery Regulations inadvertently removed the barbed hook ban.  The omission was not immediately noted and has affected about 600 Albertans who were ticketed for using barbed hooks.

Officials from ESRD and Justice and Solicitor General are working to rectify the problem by withdrawing charges and reversing wrongful convictions and fines for those individuals affected since September 2011.

It’s unfortunate that this situation has occurred, but we’re working with the Government of Canada to determine the appropriate next steps as we consider the current lack of a barbed hook ban.

We propose to consult with Alberta’s sportfishing community to review the need for a barbed book ban before we make a decision to request that it be re-introduced in the regulations.  This will take some time.

In the meantime, we encourage Alberta’s anglers to continue to use barbless hooks and remember that we are promoting proper handling techniques for all fish to best ensure their survival once released.

We are blessed to live in a province with abundant natural beauty with immense recreational value, and we want to ensure we sustain that for the future.

For more information on angling in Alberta, visit

Edited on December 20 to properly reflect the regulation affected.

Berry Creek salvage fishery starts October 23

Anglers, grab your poles and head out to Berry Creek (Carolside) Reservoir in southeast Alberta for a special fish harvest.

A reservoir control gate has malfunctioned causing a significant drop to the water level of the irrigation lake and popular fishing hole.    

At these low levels, the fish stock will not have enough oxygen under the ice to survive the winter.

Anglers are able to harvest these fish before they are lost during a salvage fishery starting October 23.  Fish species include northern pike, yellow perch, walleye, white sucker, longnose sucker and minnow.

WalleyeA salvage fishery license can be purchased at any Fish and Wildlife office for $5, plus GST – free for seniors over 65.

While the salvage fishery is open to all Canadian residents over 16, we ask anglers to respect conditions and restrictions, including allowable fishing methods and a prohibition against selling any fish caught. 

For more information, or to obtain a license, contact your nearest Fish and Wildife Office:

  • Brooks: 403-362-1232
  • Coronation: 403-578-3223 (Tue., Wed., every other Thurs)
  • Drumheller: 403-823-1670
  • Hanna: 402-854-5540 (Tue., Wed., every other Thurs) Closed in October
  • Oyen: 403-664-3614 (Tue., Wed., every other Thurs.,)

A temporary coffer dam has been constructed to hold back the remaining water while crews continue working to repair the gate.  It is not known how long it will take to restore normal water levels or recreational fishing in the reservoir.  Officials are working with partners, including Environment Canada and the Department of Fish and Oceans, to develop a management plan for 2013 operations.  

Visit for more information. 

Map of Carolside / Berry Creek

Kids Can Catch Trout Pond Opening

Bow Habitat Trout Pond

Don’t miss the grand opening celebration of the Kids Can Catch Trout Pond. The pond brings angling opportunities and a love of natural places to young people living in the city.

Visitors to the pond can practice catch-and-release fishing, and gain awareness and appreciation of Alberta’s natural areas.

Plus, the Discovery Centre and Fish Hatchery will have a special-event pricing of $5.

Saturday, July 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Place: Bow Habitat Station – 1440-17 A Street SE, Calgary

The event is open to the public, beginning with a free pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. followed by other activities throughout the day, showcasing Alberta’s fish, wildlife and water. Check out the investigation stations, trout pond dedication ceremony and fishing demonstrations.

The Bow Habitat Station is an interactive visitor centre that includes the Trout Pond, Discovery Centre, Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery and Interpretive Wetland.

More information is available on the Bow Habitat Station’s Facebook page or on their website.