Alberta's Special Walleye Licence

Walleye are one of Alberta's most delicious and cherished fish species. However, to keep walleye from certain lakes in Alberta, you must apply for a licence through a draw system, much like big game licences for hunters.

How much does it cost?

A draw application costs $3.35 + GST per application. Each licence costs $11.00 + GST

How many walleye can I keep with one licence?

Class A licences get tags for 2 large walleye (over 50 cm in total length).
Class B licences get tags for 3 medium walleye (43-50 cm in total length).
Class C licences get tags for 3 small walleye (under 43 cm in total length).

Please check the MyWildAlberta page for details on the exact sizes and specific lakes.

Why is there a draw system for walleye fishing?

Overexploitation has resulted in the decline of many walleye populations. Walleye abundance in Alberta is also limited by the availability of large lakes that provide suitable walleye habitat. Moreover, Alberta falls near the northern limits of the species’ range.

When is the walleye season?

Please refer to the Alberta Sportfishing Regulations and check the appropriate Fish Management Zones for details.

What lakes can you get walleye licences for?

Please refer to the 2021 Special Walleye Licence Draws Brochure for more detailed information.