ZONE 3 Northern Boreal - NB1 Go to:
A vast area of central and northern Alberta consists of boreal forest. Throughout the boreal forest, many of the streams are low gradient, brown water streams from muskeg drainages. These streams are tributaries within larger watersheds, which in turn are part of the major drainage basins of the Athabasca, Peace and Hay rivers. The majority of the lakes in Alberta occur in the boreal forest zone. The popular game fish of the zone are yellow perch, northern pike, walleye, lake whitefish, Arctic grayling and lake trout. Zone 3 is subdivided into four Watershed Units (NB1 – NB4).

WATERSHED UNIT NB1
The Beaver River watershed and the Athabasca River watershed between the north boundary of Township 78 (near Pelican River) and Sec. Rd. 813 (near the town of Athabasca), including the Calling River watershed, and the La Biche River watershed (NOTE: the tributary watersheds, including several lakes in the “Lakeland District,” entering on the left [north] bank of the North Saskatchewan River downstream of Highway 38 near Redwater are also part of Unit NB1).

Arctic Grayling have a 0 limit throughout Alberta.



See Species at Risk.


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NB1 Watershed Unit Regulations

Bait Fishing
Fishing with bait, including bait fish in NB1 lakes and streams is allowed except at locations listed with Bait Bans under NB1 Lake and Stream Listings.

NB1 Site-Specific Regulations
The names of most lakes and major streams appear alphabetically under “NB1 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 NB1,
See Alberta’s Fish Stocking Program list and regulations or,
Follow the regulations at each listed waterbody.

B.For Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds listed and fish species listed under NB1 Lake and Stream Listings.
You must follow the regulations of each listed waterbody.

C. Default regulations for other NB1 Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds not included under (A) or (B) and for fish species not mentioned at a listed lake,
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10; Trout limit 3; Arctic Grayling limit 0; Bait allowed.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

STREAMS

A. For Streams and fish species listed under NB1 Lake and Stream Listings,
You must follow the regulations of each listed stream.

B. Default regulations for NB1 Streams and tributaries not included under (A) and for fish species not mentioned at a listed stream,
June 1 to Oct. 31 – Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Mountain Whitefish limit 5 over 30 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10; Arctic Grayling limit 0; Bait allowed.
Nov. 1 to May 31 – CLOSED

NB1 SPOTLIGHTED REGULATIONS
Ice fishing: Angling is not permitted through the ice; a) into beaver ponds or b) into flowing waters.

Bait Fishing: See definition for bait.


NB1 Lake and Stream Listings (click the links below)

NB1 - Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds
NB1 - Rivers, Creeks and Streams