Families in Alberta will have a few new fishing holes for the upcoming season.
April 1st marked the official start to Alberta’s sport fishing season and some new fishing destinations are being revisited.
Thanks to the recovery of several lakes and fisheries that have been closed for decades – the province will open eight lakes to Walleye fishing this year.
Many of the lakes have been closed since 1996 – when Alberta introduced restrictions to walleye harvesting after major population declines.
Some lakes have been closed even longer – such as Glennifer Reservoir – which was last open 29 years ago.
Minister of Environment and Parks, Shannon Phillips thinks it will help bring families together in the great outdoors.
“For many Albertan families, fishing is a bond that links generations,” she said.
“The re-opening of these lakes demonstrates the importance of conservation and sustainable harvesting. Sound Management of our lakes, streams and rivers will ensure Albertans will be able to fish for generations to come.”
Walleye can now be harvested at the following areas: Pine Coulee Reservoir, Burnstick Lake, Glennifer Reservoir, Gull Lake, Lac Bellevue, Bourque Lake, Hilda Lake and Lac La Biche.
Pike can also be caught at Pine Coulee – as well as Magee Lake, Manatokan Lake and Bangs Lake – while Yellow Perches can be caught at Strubel Lake.
To ensure the health of walleye populations – the province is implementing a tag system which will prevent overfishing in the newly opened lakes.
The draw system will also support conservation efforts and ensure a sustainable harvest.
The tags cost $11 – roughly two-thirds of which will be invested back into the provincial fisheries program, which will further protect management of Alberta’s fisheries.
The other third will be used to cover administrative costs.
This new season also marks the launch of mywildalberta.ca, a responsive website with a new look.
The new site makes it easier for anglers and hunters on the go.
Anglers can now participate in online surveys and provide their feedback about the management of fisheries.