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.
- Clearwater River Core Area Bull Trout Status
- Distribution and Abundance of the Migratory Bull Trout Population in the Castle River Drainage (Year 4 of 4)
- Distribution of Sport Fish in the Waterton River Tailwater, 2014
- Effect of Size-selectiveness of Sport Fishery Harvest on Walleye
- Enhanced Fish Stocking Project
- Fish Stocking Expansion
Visit our Fish annual summaries list to learn more about any particular project from any given year.