ZONE 1 Eastern Slopes - ES3 Go to:
ZONE 1 consists of the mountains and foothills that form the “Eastern Slopes” along the Rocky Mountains from Montana to the Grande Prairie region. Throughout this zone, tributary creeks flow into larger streams, which in turn are tributaries to major rivers. These watersheds, with their alpine and foothills lakes, and their clear, cold rivers and tributaries, support numerous trout and mountain whitefish populations, as well as Arctic grayling populations in the north. Sportfishing regulations are summarized for each of the following four Watershed Units: the Oldman and Bow rivers (ES1), the Red Deer and North Saskatchewan rivers (ES2), the Athabasca and Pembina rivers (ES3), and the Smoky River (ES4).

WATERSHED UNIT ES3
The Athabasca River watershed upstream of Secondary Road 658 near Whitecourt, and the Pembina River watershed upstream of Highway 43 near Sangudo.


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BULL TROUT LIMIT 0
THROUGHOUT ALBERTA


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ZONE 1 GENERAL REGULATIONS

1. Click here for Province-wide Regulations that apply to Zone 1. Additional restrictions are set out on this page

2. Click here for Important Definitions.

3. Limit: The number of fish you are allowed to keep while fishing at a water body is equal to the ‘limit’ listed for each species or group of species at that water body.

4. Possession: The number of fish of each species you may possess at the end of a fishing trip, regardless of the number of days fished, is equal to a 1-day limit at the water body fished and includes fish stored at home.

5. All fish kept from Zone 1 count as part of the province-wide maximum possession, which must not be exceeded (See Province-Wide Maximum Possession).

6. Ice-Fishing: Angling is not permitted through the ice: a) into beaver ponds or b) into flowing waters in Zone 1.

7. Bait Fishing: (see definition for bait).

ES3 Watershed Unit Regulations

Bait Fishing
Fishing with bait in ES3 streams is NOT allowed except at portions of a few rivers under “ES3 Lake and Stream Listings.”
Fishing with bait in lakes is allowed at lakes without Bait Bans under “Lake and Stream Listings”, or at general stocked trout waters listed here.
Fishing with Bait Fish (dead) is NOT allowed in ES3 except at the following waters:

Bear Lake
Bigfour Lake
Blue Lake
Cache Lake
Chip Lake
Fickle Lake
Graveyard Lake
Gregg Lake
Horseshoe Lake
Jarvis Lake
Long Lake
Minnow Lake
Shiningbank Lake
Tiecamp Lake
Wolf Lake

ES3 Site-Specific Regulations
The names of most lakes and major streams appear alphabetically under “ES3 Lake and Stream Listings.” Smaller streams often are not listed, but may be included in regulations as tributaries to lakes or larger streams.

LAKES

A. For Trout-Stocked Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in ES3 that are named underAlberta’s Fish Stocking Program.”
Open all year – Trout limit 5; bait, except bait fish, allowed.
All other game fish species limit 0.

B. For Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds listed and fish species listed under “ES3 Lake and Stream Listings” starting on this page.
You must follow the regulations stated with each listing.

C. For other ES3 Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds not included under (A) or (B) and for fish species not mentioned at a listed lake.
Open all year – Trout limit 5; Mountain Whitefish limit 5 over 30 cm; Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 (no size limit); Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10; Arctic Grayling limit 2 over 35 cm (Arctic Grayling limit 0 Apr. 1 to June 15 and Sept. 1 to Mar. 31); Bait, except bait fish, allowed.

STREAMS

A. For Streams listed and fish species listed under “ES3 Lake and Stream Listings” starting on this page.
You must follow the regulations stated with each listing.

B. For other ES3 Streams, and tributaries, not included under (A) and for fish species not mentioned at a listed stream.
June 16 to Aug. 31 – Rainbow and Bull Trout limit 0; other Trout limit 2; Arctic grayling limit 2 over 35 cm; Mountain Whitefish limit 5 over 30 cm; (where present, Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10); Bait Ban.
Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 – Trout, Arctic Grayling and Mountain Whitefish limit 0; (where present, Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10); Bait Ban.
Nov. 1 to June 15 – CLOSED

ES3 Lake and Stream Listings

Apetowun Creek
June 16 to Oct. 31 – Trout; Arctic Grayling and Mountain Whitefish limit 0; Bait Ban.
Nov. 1 to June 15 – CLOSED

Athabasca River
upstream of Sec. Rd. 658 (near Whitecourt) to Jasper National Park Boundary – mainstem river (including Brule Lake) only.
Apr. 1 to Oct. 31 – All species - 0 limit; Bait Ban.
Nov. 1 to Mar. 31 – CLOSED
downstream of Sec. Rd. 658 – see Fish Management Zone 3, Watershed Unit NB2.

Bear Lake
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 1 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Berland River
downstream of Hwy 40 – River only
Apr. 1 to Aug. 31 –­ Rainbow and Bull Trout limit 0; Other trout limit 2; Arctic Grayling limit 2 over 35 cm; Mountain Whitefish limit 5 over 30 cm; Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Maggots are the only bait allowed and only after Aug 15.
Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 – Rainbow and Bull Trout limit 0; Other Trout limit 2; Arctic Grayling limit 0; Mountain Whitefish limit 5 over 30 cm; Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Maggots are the only bait allowed.
Nov. 1 to Mar. 31 – CLOSED

Beta Lake
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Bigoray River & tributaries
June 16 to Oct. 31 – Trout, Arctic Grayling and Mountain Whitefish limit 0; Bait Ban.
Nov. 1 to June 15 – CLOSED

Blue Lake
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 1 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Busby Lake (6-51-1-W6) – Open all year – Trout limit 0.

Cache Lake
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 1 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Chip Lake
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 3 (no size limit); Burbot limit 2.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Deerlick Creek (23-48-23-W5) & tributaries – CLOSED

Dismal Creek & tributaries
June 16 to Oct. 31 – Trout, Arctic Grayling and Mountain Whitefish limit 0; Bait Ban.
Nov. 1 to June 15 – CLOSED

Embarras Pit Lakes - CLOSED


Embarras River & tributaries except Erith River
June 16 to Oct. 31 – Trout, Arctic Grayling and Mountain Whitefish limit 0; Bait Ban.
Nov. 1 to June 15 – CLOSED

Eta Lake
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 3 (no size limit).
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Eunice Creek (23-48-23-W5) & tributaries – CLOSED

Fickle Lake
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 1 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Fickle Lake’s tributaries & outlet
June 16 to Oct. 31 – Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 1 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Arctic Grayling limit 2 over 35 cm (Arctic Grayling limit 0 from Sept. 1 to Oct 31).
Nov. 1 to June 15 – CLOSED

Graveyard Lake
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 1 over 63 cm; Lake Whitefish limit 10.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Gregg Lake
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 1 over 63 cm; Lake Whitefish limit 10.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Gregg River & tributaries
June 16 to Oct. 31 – Trout, Arctic Grayling and Mountain Whitefish limit 0; Bait Ban.
Nov. 1 to June 15 – CLOSED

Horseshoe Lake
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 3 (no size limit); Perch limit 15.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Jarvis Creek, headwaters to Wildhay River, & tributaries
June 16 to Oct. 31 – Rainbow, Arctic Grayling and Mountain Whitefish limit 0; Brown Trout limit 2; Walleye limit 0; Bait Ban.
Nov. 1 to June 15 – CLOSED

Jarvis Lake
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 1 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Lac Des Roche (13-47-24-W5) – CLOSED

Little McLeod (Pegasus) Lake
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 1 over 63 cm; Lake Whitefish limit 10.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Lobstick River & tributaries
the portion upstream of Chip Lake, including tributaries to Chip Lake
June 16 to Oct. 31 – Arctic Grayling limit 0; Pike limit 3 (no size limit); Burbot limit 2; Bait Ban.
Nov. 1 to June 15 – CLOSED
the portion from Chip Lake downstream to the Pembina River
June 16 to Oct. 31 – Arctic Grayling limit 0; Mountain Whitefish limit 5 over 30 cm; Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Burbot limit 10; Goldeye limit 10; Bait Ban.
Nov. 1 to June 15 – CLOSED

Long Lake
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Lovett Lake (10-47-19-W5)
Open all year - Trout limit 1 over 40 cm; Bait Ban.

Luscar Creek – CLOSED

MacKenzie Creek & tributaries – CLOSED

McLeod (Carson) Lake’s tributaries – CLOSED

McLeod River
from headwaters downstream to Whitehorse Creek (near Cadomin) & tributaries - CLOSED
from Whitehorse Creek (near Cadomin) downstream to Hwy 47 – River only
Apr. 1 to Aug. 31 – Rainbow and Bull Trout limit 0; other trout limit 2; Arctic Grayling limit 0; Mountain Whitefish limit 5 over 30 cm; Bait Ban.
Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 – Trout and Arctic Grayling limit 0; Mountain
Whitefish limit 5 over 30 cm; Bait Ban.
Nov. 1 to Mar. 31 – CLOSED
from Hwy 47 downstream to Athabasca River – River only
Apr. 1 to Aug. 31 – Rainbow and Bull Trout limit 0; Other trout limit 2; Arctic Grayling limit 2 over 35 cm, Mountain Whitefish limit 5 over 30 cm; Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Maggots are the only bait allowed and only after Aug 15.
Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 – Rainbow and Bull Trout limit 0; Other Trout limit 2; Arctic Grayling limit 0; Mountain Whitefish limit 5 over 30 cm; Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Maggots are the only bait allowed.
Nov. 1 to Mar. 31 – CLOSED

Minnow Lake
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Minnow Lake’s tributaries & outlet
June 1 to Oct. 31 – Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Arctic Grayling limit 2 over 35 cm (Arctic Grayling limit 0 from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31).
Nov. 1 to May 31 – CLOSED

Moose Lake
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Mystery Lake (24-48-26-W5) – Open all year – Trout limit 0.

Obed Lake (11-53-22-W5) – Open all year – Trout limit 5; Perch limit 15.

Pegasus Lake (See Little McLeod Lake above)

Pembina River
from to headwaters downstream to Hwy 40 (24-46-19-W5) & tributaries
June 16 to Aug. 31 – Bull Trout lmit 0; Other Trout limit 2; Rainbow over 25 cm; Arctic Grayling limit 0; Mountain Whitefish limit 5 over 30 cm; Bait Ban.
Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 – Trout, Arctic Grayling and Mountain Whitefish limit 0; Bait Ban.
Nov. 1 to June 15 – CLOSED
from Hwy 40 downstream to Sec. Rd. 753 (near Lodgepole) and tributaries (excluding Dismal and Rat Creeks)
Apr. 1 to Oct. 31 – Bull Trout lmit 0; Other Trout limit 2; Rainbow over 30 cm; Arctic Grayling limit 0; Mountain Whitefish limit 5 over 30 cm; Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Maggots are the only bait allowed and only after Aug. 15.
Nov. 1 to Mar. 31 – CLOSED
from Sec. Rd. 753 (near Lodgepole) downstream to Hwy 43 (near Sangudo) – River only
June 1 to Oct. 31 – Arctic Grayling limit 0; Mountain Whitefish limit 5 over 30 cm; Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Burbot limit 10; Goldeye limit 10; Bait allowed.
Nov. 1 to May 31 – CLOSED
downstream of Highway 43 (near Sangudo) – see Fish Management Zone 3, Watershed Unit NB2.

Pit 24 Lake (15,16, NE4-47-19-W5) – Open all year – Trout limit 1 over 40 cm; Bait Ban.

Pit 35, 45 Lakes (24-46-19-W5) – Open all year – Trout limit 1 over 40 cm; Bait Ban.

Pit 44 Lake (SW 35-46-19-W5) – Open all year – Trout limit 1 over 40 cm; Bait Ban.

Plante Creek
June 16 to Oct. 31 – Trout, Arctic Grayling and Mountain Whitefish
limit 0; Bait Ban.
Nov. 1 to June 15 – CLOSED

Rat Creek & tributaries
June 16 to Oct. 31 – Trout, Arctic Grayling and Mountain Whitefish limit 0; Bait Ban.
Nov. 1 to June 15 – CLOSED

Rock Lake (52-2-W6)
May 15 to Sept. 15 – Trout limit 5, but only 3 may be Lake Trout and Lake Trout must be over 50 cm; Rainbow and Bull Trout limit 0; Pike limit 1 over 63 cm; Bait Ban.
Sept. 16 to May 14 – CLOSED

Shiningbank Lake
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 5.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Shiningbank Lake’s tributaries
June 16 to Aug. 31 – Rainbow and Bull Trout limit 0; Other trout limit 2; Arctic Grayling limit 2 over 35 cm; Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 5.
Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 – Trout, Arctic Grayling and Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 5.
Nov. 1 to June 15 – CLOSED

Silkstone Lake (9-47-19-W5) - Open all year - Trout limit 1 over 40 cm; Bait Ban.

Sinkhole Lake

May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 3 (no size limit)
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Sphinx Lake
(NE 6-48-19-W5) – CLOSED

Sundance Lake
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Unnamed (Ash) Lake (14-60-15-W5)
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 3 (no size limit).
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Unnamed (Jackfish) Lake (29-52-15-W5)
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 3 (no size limit).
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Unnamed (Peanut) Lake (09-55-15-W5)
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 3 (no size limit).
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Unnamed (Tie Camp) Lake (19-55-15-W5)
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 3 (no size limit).
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Unnamed (Whitemud) Lake (01-53-20-W5)
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 3 (no size limit).
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Unnamed Lake (23-50-17-W5)
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 3 (no size limit).
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Unnamed Lake (35-48-15-W5)
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 3 (no size limit).
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Unnamed Lake (05-53-19-W5)
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 3 (no size limit).
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Wampus Creek & tributaries – CLOSED

Wildhay River & tributaries except Jarvis Creek
June 16 to Oct. 31 – Trout, Arctic Grayling and Mountain Whitefish limit 0; Bait Ban.
Nov. 1 to June 15 – CLOSED

Windfall Creek & tributaries
June 16 to Oct. 31 – Trout, Arctic Grayling and Mountain Whitefish limit 0; Bait Ban.
Nov. 1 to June 15 – CLOSED

Wolf Lake (SE 12-49-15-W5)
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 1 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Wolf Lake’s tributaries & outlet
June 16 to Aug. 31 – Arctic Grayling limit 2 over 35 cm; Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 1 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15.
Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 – Arctic Grayling and Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 1 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15.
Nov. 1 to June 15 – CLOSED

Zeta Lake
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 3 (no size limit).
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED