2019 Alberta Fishing Regulations Update

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The 2019 Fishing Regulations have been released and each year I take some time to sit down and become familiar with the changes. Last spring I read an article in a paper from Calgary claiming that fishing opportunities were improving because a few lakes in the province opened to walleye retention, what they didn’t reveal was the number of lakes closing far outweighed the number that opened. I thought this was a curious piece of journalism, so this year I decided to compare the changes of pike and walleye retention limits throughout the province. Outlined below are the changes to the regulations from the previous year:

ES1:

Picklejar Lakes: regulations now include tributaries and outlets

ES2:

Jackfish lake: now 0 limit on Pike, was 1 pike over 63 cm in 2018

Brazeau River: now catch and release downstream of the reservoir

Nordegg River: now catch and release only

ES3:

Beta Lake: now allowed 3 pike of any size; limit was 3 over 63 cm in 2018

Lodgepole Pond: added to regulations, allowed to keep 2 trout

Long Lake: now allowed to keep 1 walleye of any size; was 0 limit in 2018

Wolf Lake: now allowed to keep 1 walleye of any size; was 0 limit in 2018

Athabasca River: now allowed 5 whitefish over 30 cm and 2 brook trout of any size at specific times of the year; limit was 0 for each in 2018

Jarvis Creek: now 0 limit on pike; pike were not likely to be found in 2018

ES4:

Meekwap Lake: now 1 pike over 63 cm; was 3 over 63 cm in 2018

Snipe Lake: now 0 limit on pike; was 1 under 75 cm in 2018

Sturgeon Lake: now 1 walleye over 50 cm; was 1 over 43 cm in 2018

PP1:

No changes to regulations in PP1 from 2018

PP2:

Battle Lake: now 0 limit on pike; was 3 over 63 cm in 2018

Berry Creek Reservoir: now 0 limit on walleye, 1 pike over 63 cm; was 3 walleye over 50 cm and 0 pike in 2018

Forestburg Reservoir: now 0 limit on pike; was 3 over 63 cm in 2018

Isle Lake: now 1 pike over 63 cm; was 0 limit in 2018

NB1:

All lakes within Lakeland Provincial Park: now 0 limit on pike; was 1 over 63 cm in 2018

Alexander Hamilton Pond: added to regulations

Bluet Lake: now 1 pike over 70cm; was 1 over 63 cm in 2018

Claude Lake: now 1 walleye of any size; was 0 limit in 2018

Elinor Lake: now 0 limit on pike; was 1 over 63 cm in 2018

Fork Lake: now 0 limit on pike: was 1 under 63 cm or over 100 cm in 2018

Francis Lake: now 0 limit on pike; was 3 over 63 cm in 2018

Heart Lake: now 0 limit on pike; was 3 over 63 cm in 2018

Ironwood Lake: now 0 limit on pike; was 1 over 63 cm in 2018

Lac La Biche: now 0 limit on pike; was 1 over 75 cm in 2018

Logan Lake: now 0 limit on pike; was 3 over 63 cm in 2018

Piche Lake: now 0 limit on pike; was 3 over 63 cm in 2018

Pinehurst Lake: now 0 limit on pike; was 1 over 63 cm in 2018

Whitefish Lake: now 0 limit on pike; was 1 over 63 cm in 2018

NB2:

Lac La Nonne: now 1 pike over 63 cm; was 0 limit in 2018

Long Lake: now 0 limit on pike; was 2 over 63 cm in 2018

Long Island Lake: now 1 pike over 63 cm; was 0 limit in 2018

Mitsue Lake: added to regulations

Narrow Lake: now 0 limit on pike; was 2 over 63 cm in 2018

Lesser Slave River: limits remain the same but now open from June 1st to October 31; was open from June 1st to March 31st

NB3:

Equisteum Lake: now 0 limit on walleye and pike; was 3 walleye over 50 cm and 3 pike over 63 cm in 2018

Goodfish Lake: now 0 limit on walleye and pike; was 3 walleye over 50 cm and 3 pike over 63 cm in 2018

Hutch Lake: now 1 walleye over 50 cm and 1 pike over 63 cm; was 0 limit on walleye and pike in 2018

Little Sandy Lake: now 0 limit on walleye, pike and whitefish; was 3 walleye over 50 cm, 3 pike over 63 cm and 10 whitefish in 2018

Long Lake: now 0 limit on walleye and pike; was 3 walleye over 50 cm and 2 pike over 70 cm in 2018

North Wabasca Lake: now 0 limit on walleye and pike; was 2 walleye over 50 cm and 2 pike over 63 cm in 2018

Rainbow Lake: now 0 limit on walleye and pike; was 1 walleye over 50 cm and 3 pike over 55 cm in 2018

Sandy Lake: now 1 pike over 75 cm; was 3 over 63 cm in 2018

South Wabasca Lake: now 0 limit on walleye and 1 pike over 75 cm; was 2 walleye over 50 cm on certain portion of lake and 2 pike over 63 cm in 2018

Thurston Lake: now 0 limit on walleye and pike; was 3 walleye over 43 cm and 3 pike over 63 cm in 2018

Unnamed (Artisinn) Lake: added to regulations

Utikumasis Lake: now 1 walleye over 50 cm and 0 limit on pike: was 1 walleye over 43 cm and 3 pike over 63 cm in 2018

NB4:

No changes to regulations in NB4 from 2018

In Summary:

Walleye:

4 lakes opened or limits increased for walleye retention

9 lakes reduced limits to walleye retention

Northern Pike:

6 lakes opened or limits increased for northern pike retention

30 lakes reduced limits to northern pike retention

Last year we saw quite a few lakes close to walleye retention. This year wasn’t a dramatic change to walleye but the number of lakes that closed to pike retention is huge. It looks as though Fisheries is shifting their focus to pike sustainability.

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