When fishing for rod and reel crab (fishing), a sport fishing licence is required and sport fishing regulations apply (e.g. no crab fishing if the waters are closed to fishing). When catching crabs with a diving net, seine or trap or by hand, no sport fishing license is required and allowed at any time of the year. The storage and transport of live crayfish is illegal. All retained crabs must be killed immediately. Length – The total (maximum) length of a fish is measured from the tip of the nose or jaw to the tip of the caudal fin, tail pinched. NOTE: Anglers should only determine if a fish is longer or shorter than the legal length indicated. It is preferable to immediately release fish close to the legal length, rather than subjecting them to additional treatment for a more accurate measurement. The length of the fish is measured without taking into account the curvature of the body.
Place the fish on a flat surface on the dipstick. If you place the meter on the curvature of the body, you will get an inaccurate measurement. It`s a good idea to have a fish measuring board. `slaughter` means staying within the catch limits of a species by releasing fish from a silt, live well or other holding device when another fish is caught. Fish kept on silt or in a bathtub usually die when released due to stress and damage to their gills, fins and scales. Slaughter is illegal if the practice exceeds a person`s legal limit. The Pine Coulee reservoir – maintaining the bait ban and trout limit for 2022 reduced to 1 over 50 cm, was 5 trout of each size. NOTE: The limits and size limits that apply to certain lakes and streams are listed in the watershed unit sections of each fish management area.
REMEMBER, if you are cleaning fish outside of your permanent residence, do NOT remove traces of species and, if size restrictions apply, proof of length as described above, unless the fish is to be eaten immediately. Fish caught by someone else: If you are transporting fish caught by someone else, you must have a bill of lading signed by the fisherman who caught the fish. This letter must contain the following information: Gaff or a hook is illegal when fishing in Alberta. They must release any fish that cannot be legally kept due to species, catch restrictions, size restrictions or other regulations, without exception, even if the fish is injured or dead. If the fish is alive, you need to release it in a way that causes it the least harm. Examples of prohibited fish include: Bait includes, but is not limited to: corn, cheese, marshmallows, meat, maggots, mealworms, earthworms, waxworms, gammarus shrimp, leeches, terrestrial insects, larvae, pupae or adults of aquatic insects (e.g., rock fly, mayfly, trichoptera), baitfish, fish parts, fish roe, fragrant bait, electric bait, and any additive that smells or flavours artificial baits. The bait ban means that only unscented bait can be used. In some streams, only maggots can be used as bait at certain times of the year to allow anglers to fish for mountain whitefish with less impact on trout populations.
In some lakes, only maggots and mealworms can be used as bait to allow anglers to fish for perch and whitefish with less impact on pike populations. A bait is a spoon, cap, template, fly or similar device that consists solely of feathers, fibers, rubber, wood, metal, plastic or similar materials and that does not attract fish by smell or taste. Baitfish can be used in waters where there are no bait bans or restrictions on baitfish. If bait fishing is not permitted, other baits such as relays, herring, gammarus shrimp and dead fish eggs (e.g. preserved “salmon eggs”) may be used. Baitfish means one of the following: suckers (family Catostomidae), sticklebacks (family Gasterosteidae), trout (Percopsis omiscomaycus), Iowa darts (Etheostoma exile), minnows (family Cyprinidae), and the exceptions are that no western carp, goldfish and silver minnow can be used as bait. No person shall use fish as bait except for dead baitfish, dead smelt, dead herring, dead shrimp, dead fish eggs, or the skin, fins or eyes of wild fish caught during fishing. Note: Smelt and herring belong to the saltwater families Osmeridae and Clupeidae. Cisco also called Tullibee or herring belong to the family Coregonidae and the use of whole fish as bait is prohibited.
Because Cisco is classified as wild fish, Cisco`s skin, fins or eyes legally caught by fishing can be used as bait similar to other wild fish. Fish (except dead smelt, herring, gammarus shrimp and fish roe) or crabs purchased from pet stores cannot be used as bait. Wild fish parts: Only the skin, fins, eyes and dead eggs of wild fish can be used as bait, provided that these fish have been legally caught with a rod. The skin, fins, eyes and dead eggs of wild fish may be used if the use of baitfish is prohibited, but may not be used if bait prohibitions apply. All wild fish kept must be counted within the daily catch limits, including all parts of fish used as bait. For more information, look for fish handling on mywildalberta.ca. In this guide, the word limitation refers to the number of fish you are allowed to keep or have in your possession. As described below, you cannot exceed the daily catch limit in fished waters or possess more fish than the maximum possession.
Release of live fish – If the fish you catch is a legal species and size, immediately decide to keep or release it as part of your daily catch limit. Fish kept on a silt or live well are considered kept and are part of your limit. Details on releasing fish can be found on pages 22 and 25. Possession – While a person is fishing, a fish is considered retained (possessed) if it is not immediately released into the waters from which it was caught. Daily catch limit – The number of fish you are allowed to keep while fishing in a day is equal to the limit indicated for each species or group of species in the lake or creek that are caught, including any fish eaten or donated that day. If you fish in a lake or stream, you cannot have more fish than the limit or fish other than the legal size indicated for the lake or stream being caught. Maximum possession – All fish kept in a lake or stream, in a watershed unit, count towards the maximum possession that must not be exceeded. An angler can never possess more fish from a particular lake or stream than the daily catch limit, but can have a cumulative total of daily catch limits for fish from different lakes or streams up to the maximum allowable possession limit for each species.
The maximum possession of fish you can have, including fish at your permanent residence, for each species of wild fish or group of species, including fish caught under a special fishing licence, is listed below: Consolidation of the Little Slave River Sections Regulations. Now, 1 pikeperch of 45-50 cm and 0 pike, it was 1 pike perch of more than 43 cm and 2 pike of more than 63 cm in 2021. The Redwater River – now 1 pike over 63 cm within 500 m radius after the confluence of the NSR, was 3 by 63 cm in 2021. Forty Mile Coulee Reservoir – Now 0 pike, was 3 by 63 cm in 2021. There is a decent amount of pike in the gull lake. With hammer handle up to 2 feet of most common size. If you`re looking for monster pike, try heading south to Lake Sylvan. There seems to be a fairly strong population of pikeperch. This species is beginning to displace some of the other species from Gull Lake.
There are decent pikeperch you can catch here. Sundance Lake – now 3 pike over 63 cm, fell under general regulation in 2021 (3 pike without size restrictions). Encounters with bears can take place at any time, but fishermen must be extra vigilant. Streams, rivers, and lake shores form convenient travel corridors for wildlife, and the sound of moving water can mask the noise that typically warns animals of your approach. To learn more about Alberta bears and how to become BearSmart, visit www.bearsmart.alberta.ca Sport fishing is an important part of Canadian culture and can be a fun and healthy outdoor experience for people of all ages. Fish is an excellent source of lean protein and provides essential nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, iron, selenium, and vitamins A, C, and D. Despite the health benefits associated with eating fish, in some locations in Alberta, various species of fish may be exposed to mercury and other contaminants that, if consumed in large quantities, can affect human health. Methylmercury is the most toxic form of mercury.
It is formed by natural biological processes in water and sediment from other forms of mercury in the environment. Impurities accumulate in adipose tissue and are persistent in fish, especially large predatory fish. The Government of Alberta publishes and reviews fish consumption guidelines for fish caught in local Alberta waters since the 1990s. The Chief Medical Officer of Health for Alberta Health and Wellness is responsible for making recommendations on food consumption. The fish consumption recommendations apply to local subsistence consumers, recreational fishers and residents who eat fish caught in these waters. This advice informs the public of the possible health risks they may encounter when eating certain types of fish.