ZONE 3 Northern Boreal - NB2 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 NB2
The Athabasca River watershed between Sec. Rd. 813 near Athabasca and Sec. Rd. 658 near Whitecourt, including the Lesser Slave River watershed and the Pembina River watershed upstream to Highway 43 near Sangudo.

ARCTIC GRAYLING LIMIT 0 THROUGHOUT ALBERTA



See Arctic Grayling Identification.

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ZONE 3 GENERAL REGULATIONS

1. Click here for Province-wide Regulations that apply to Zone 3. Additional regulations 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. In these regulations, a Lake Whitefish limit includes Cisco (tullibee).

6. In these regulations, a Goldeye limit includes Mooneye.

7. All fish kept from Zone 3 count as part of the province-wide possession, which must not be exceeded (See Province-Wide Maximum Possession).

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

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

NB2 Watershed Unit Regulations

Bait Fishing
Fishing with bait in NB2 streams is NOT allowed except at portions of a few rivers under “NB2 Lake and Stream Listings.”
Fishing with bait in NB2 lakes is allowed, except at lakes listed with Bait Bans under “NB2 Lake and Stream Listings.”
Fishing with bait fish is allowed except at locations listed with Bait Bans under “NB2 Lake and Stream Listings.”

NB2 Site-Specific Regulations
The names of most lakes and major streams appear alphabetically under “NB2 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 NB2 that are named underAlberta’s Fish Stocking Program.”
Open all year – Trout limit 5; bait allowed.
All other game fish species limit 0.

B. For Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds listed and fish species listed under “NB2 Lake and Stream Listings” starting on this page.
You must follow the regulations stated with each listing.

C. For other NB2 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 listed and fish species listed under “NB2 Lake and Stream Listings” starting on this page.
You must follow the regulations stated with each listing.

B. For other NB2 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; (where present, Mountain Whitefish limit 5 over 30 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10); Arctic Grayling limit 0; Bait Ban.
Nov. 1 to May 31 – CLOSED

NB2 Lake and Stream Listings

Armstrong Lake
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 2 (no size limit).
Apr. 1 to May 14 - CLOSED

Athabasca River between Sec. Rd. 658
(near Whitecourt) and Sec. Rd. 813 (near Athabasca)
June 1 to Oct. 31 – 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; Arctic Grayling limit 0; Bait is allowed in river only.
Nov. 1 to May 31 – CLOSED

Baptiste Lake (66-24-W4)
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 0 – except the holder of a Special Fish Harvest Licence and tags, may retain walleye of a size, number and at the times specified on the licence; Pike limit 0; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

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

Christmas Creek (SE12-60-10-W5) and tributaries
June 16 to Aug. 31 - Rainbow Trout limit 0; Arctic Grayling limit 0; Bait Ban.
Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 - Trout, Arctic Grayling and Mountain Whitefish limit 0.
Nov. 1 to June 15 - CLOSED

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

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

East Prairie River
June 16 to Oct. 31 – Walleye limit 1 over 43 cm; Pike limit 3 over 55 cm; Bait allowed.
Nov. 1 to June 15 – CLOSED

Edith Lake (67-10-W5 ) – Open all year – Trout limit 5; Perch limit 15.

Fawcett Lake & tributariesWalleye limit 0 – except the holder of a Special Fish Harvest Licence and tags, may retain walleye of a size, number and at the times specified on the licence; Pike limit 1 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
the portion north and east of a line drawn from the MD boat launch in SE12-73-26-W4 to the point of land in SE11-73-26-W4 including the Mink River, Fawcett (Howard) River and the areas locally known as the narrows and east basin.
OPEN July 1 to Mar. 1 and CLOSED Mar. 2 to June 30.
the remainder of the lake
OPEN May 15 to Mar. 31 and CLOSED Apr. 1 to May 14.
All tributaries and outlet
CLOSED Nov. 1 to May 31.

Francis Lake (18-66-25-W4)
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 2 (no size limit); Perch limit 15.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Freeman Lake
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Arctic Grayling limit 0; Pike limit 3 (no size limit); Bait Ban.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Freeman Lake’s tributaries
June 16 to Oct. 31 – Arctic Grayling limit 0; Pike limit 3 (no size limit); Bait Ban.
Nov. 1 to June 15 – CLOSED

Freeman River & tributaries
June 16 to Oct. 31 – Trout, Arctic Grayling and Mountain Whitefish limit 0; Pike limit 3 (no size limit); Bait Ban.
Nov. 1 to June 15 – CLOSED

Ghost Lake (16-68-24-W4)
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 2 (no size limit); Perch limit 15.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Goose Lake & tributaries & outlet*
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 1 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED
* Tributaries and outlet – CLOSED – Nov. 1 to May 31.

Horseshoe Lake (63-25-W4)
Open all year – Trout limit 5; Pike limit 3 (no size limit).

Howard Lake
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 2 over 43 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Island Lake & tributaries & outlet* (62-24-W4)
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 1 (no size limit); Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED
* Tributaries and outlet – CLOSED – Nov. 1 to May 31.

Jenkins Lake (68-24-W4) & outlet downstream for 1 km*
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 2 (no size limit); Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED
Outlet – CLOSED – Nov. 1 to May 31.

Lac La Nonne
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 2 (Burbot limit 0 Feb. 1 to Mar. 31).
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

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

Lesser Slave Lake
the portion west of a line drawn from Shaw Point to the point of land in 26-74-14-W5 known as Little Grassy Point, including Buffalo Bay and the Grouard Channel & their tributaries (see also East Prairie River, South Heart River and Traverse Creek).
CLOSED – Mar. 2 to June 15
OPEN – June 16 to Mar. 1
June 16 to Oct. 31 - Walleye limit 1 over 43 cm; Pike limit 3 over 55 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Nov. 1 To Mar. 1 - Walleye limit 2 over 43 cm; Pike limit 3 over 55 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
the remainder of the lake and outlet (Lesser Slave River) downstream to the weir below Hwy 88
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED
May 15 to Oct. 31 – Walleye limit 1 over 43 cm; Pike limit 3 over 55 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Nov. 1 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 2 over 43 cm; Pike limit 3 over 55 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.

Lesser Slave River
the outlet portion downstream to the weir below Hwy 88
– see Lesser Slave Lake above.
the tributary and backwater upstream of the bridge that is east of the weir on the Old Smith Highway
June 1 to Oct. 31 – Walleye limit 1 over 43 cm; Pike limit 2 over 63 cm; Arctic Grayling limit 0; Bait allowed.
Nov. 1 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 1 over 43 cm; Pike limit 2 over 63 cm; Arctic Grayling limit 0; Bait allowed.
Apr. 1 to May 31 – CLOSED
the portion of the river downstream of the weir below Hwy 88
June 1 to Oct. 31 – Walleye limit 1 over 43 cm; Pike limit 2 over 63 cm; Arctic Grayling limit 0; Bait allowed.
Nov. 1 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 1 over 43 cm; Pike limit 2 over 63 cm; Arctic Grayling limit 0; Bait allowed.
Apr. 1 to May 31 – CLOSED

Long Lake (64-25-W4)
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 2 (no size limit); Perch limit 15.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

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

Lower Chain Lake (69-23-W4)
Open all year – Rainbow Trout limit 2; Pike limit 3 (no size limit).

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

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

Marten Lakes
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

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

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

Narrow Lake
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 2 (no size limit); Perch limit 15.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Orloff Lake (74-23-W4)
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 1 over 50 cm; Pike limit 0; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Orloff Lake’s tributaries & outlet
June 1 to Oct. 31 – Walleye limit 1 over 50 cm; Pike limit 1 over 63 cm; Arctic Grayling limit 0.
Nov. 1 to May 31 – CLOSED

Paddle River Reservoir
June 1 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Burbot limit 10.
Apr. 1 to May 31 –CLOSED

Paul Lake
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 2 over 43 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Peanut Lake (15-58-3-W5) – Open all year – Trout limit 5; Perch limit 15.

Pembina River downstream of Hwy 43 (near Sangudo)
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 is allowed in river only.
Nov. 1 to May 31 – CLOSED

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

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

Shell Reservoir # 1 (15-65-13-W5) – Open all year; Arctic Grayling limit 0; Bait Ban.

Shell Reservoir # 2 (34-65-13-W5) – Open all year; Arctic Grayling limit 0; Bait Ban.

South Heart Reservoir (see Winagami Lake below)

South Heart River
the portion between the South Heart Reservoir and the West Prairie River
May 15 to Oct. 31 – Walleye limit 1 over 43 cm; Pike limit 3 over 55 cm; Bait Ban.
Nov. 1 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 2 over 43 cm; Pike limit 3 over 55 cm; Bait Ban.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED
the portion from the confluence with the West Prairie River downstream to Buffalo Bay & tributaries
June 16 to Oct. 31 – Walleye limit 1 over 43 cm; Pike limit 3 over 55 cm; Bait allowed.
Nov. 1 to June 15 – CLOSED

Steele (Cross) Lake
May 15 to Mar. 31 – 0 limit for all fish species.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Strawberry Creek
June 16 to Oct. 31 - Walleye limit 1 over 43 cm; Pike limit 3 over 55 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10; (where present, Trout limit 3); Arctic Grayling limit 0; Bait Ban.
Nov. 1 to June 15 - CLOSED

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

Traverse Creek (tributary to Buffalo Bay)
June 16 to Oct. 31 – Walleye limit 1 over 43 cm; Pike limit 3 over 55 cm; Bait allowed.
Nov. 1 to June 15 – CLOSED

Unnamed (Fish) Lake (23-60-09-W5)
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 3 over 63 cm.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Unnamed (Gilroy) Lake (66-12-W5)
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 3 (no size limit).
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Unnamed (Loon) Lake (14-61-08-W5)
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 3 over 63 cm.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Unnamed (Swartz) Lake (06-66-11-W5)
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 3 (no size limit).
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Upper Chain Lake
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Pike limit 2 (no size limit); Perch limit 15.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

West Prairie River
June 16 to Oct. 31 – Walleye limit 1 over 43 cm; Pike limit 3 over 55 cm; Bait allowed.
Nov. 1 to June 15 – CLOSED

Whiteridge Pond (Blueridge Pit)
May 1 to Oct. 31 – Trout limit 1 over 40 cm; Bait ban.
Nov. 1 to Apr. 30 – CLOSED

Winagami Lake including Boone’s Slough and South Heart Reservoir
May 15 to Mar. 31 – Walleye limit 1 over 55 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Apr. 1 to May 14 – CLOSED

Winagami Lake’s tributaries & inlet canal, & outlet stream & outlet canal
June 1 to Oct. 31 – Walleye limit 1 over 55 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10; Bait allowed.
Nov. 1 to May 31 – CLOSED

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