ACA Fish Stocking Expansion – New Lakes
With approximately 1,100 lakes with sport fish and over 300,000 anglers in, Alberta’s lakes experience high fishing that pressure puts considerable strain on our recreational fisheries. Given the high fishing pressure and relatively limited fishing opportunities in Alberta, ACA is working to identify new lakes to stock with rainbow trout through the Enhanced Fish Stocking (EFS) project. We continued our investigation of waterbodies with fisheries potential to identify new ponds for expansion of our EFS project. We evaluated seven new waterbodies, of which three have fisheries potential. These three waterbodies will undergo further evaluation to determine if they are suitable for fisheries development. Waterbodies evaluated in previous years of the project are being added to the EFS stocking project: Shell True North Pond, near Spirit River, has been developed into a new fishery and stocked with 640 brook trout. Taber Pond, in Taber, will be stocked with 3,600 rainbow trout in the spring of 2018. County Sportsplex Pond (County of Grande Prairie), in Clairmont, is being evaluated further to determine suitability for EFS expansion.
Alberta Environment and Parks, Alberta Fish and Game Association, Alberta Transportation, County of Grande Prairie, Taber Irrigation District, Town of Taber
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