Fisheries Program

While ACA's Fisheries Program involves a lot of tiny details to keep the fish jumping, it's the bigger picture that gets us excited. Our fisheries work has two major initiatives: the first, to conserve and improve habitat for native fish populations with a special focus on fish species that are Threatened or At Risk. The second, to ensure that Alberta’s anglers have a wide variety of fishing locations to choose from and a healthy population of fish to try their luck on.

Recently, the Fisheries Program:

  • Stocked 115,150 catchable-size (i.e. 20 cm) rainbow trout in 61 ponds through the Enhanced Fish Stocking (EFS) project.
  • Aerated 16 lakes across the province.
  • Surveyed anglers at 12 ACA-stocked ponds, with results feeding directly into AEP fisheries management plans to form the basis for fishing regulation changes.
  • ​Surveyed 19 waterbodies, compiling information on population status, recreational harvest, distribution, migration and spawning habitat of sport fish.

Recent Fish Projects

Please see the projects we are currently working on in our Annual Operating Plan

Annual Summaries

Visit our Fish annual summaries list to learn more about any particular project from any given year.