ZONE 2 Parkland Prairie - PP1 Go to:
ZONE 2 consists approximately of the southeastern quarter of the province, east of Highway 2 from the Montana border to the North Saskatchewan River. Four major rivers that start in the mountains flow through the Parkland-Prairie. For most of the summer, these rivers are large, silty and warm. Shallow lakes and reservoirs are also found in the Parkland-Prairie. The most common game fish of the zone are yellow perch, northern pike and lake whitefish, although walleye have been introduced into several reservoirs. Rainbow trout are stocked into many ponds and small reservoirs throughout the Parkland-Prairie. Sportfishing regulations are separated into Watershed Units for the Milk and South Saskatchewan rivers, including portions of the Oldman and Bow rivers (PP1), and the Red Deer, Battle and North Saskatchewan rivers (PP2).

WATERSHED UNIT PP1
The Milk River watershed, and the South Saskatchewan River watershed upstream to Secondary Road 509 on the Oldman River near Coalhurst, including the St. Mary River watershed, and upstream to Highway 24 on the Bow River near Carseland.

EMERGENCY STREAM CLOSURES
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development may announce short-term emergency stream closures in response to drought conditions resulting in low stream flows and high water temperature
. Sportfishing regulations at the affected streams or watersheds would be suspended, and fishing not allowed, for the duration of an emergency period when announced by the department.


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STURGEON SPORTFISHING

No Sturgeon Fishing Licences will be issued. Harvest opportunities have been suspended until stocks recover. Lake Sturgeon limit 0 for all waters in the province.

ZONE 2 GENERAL REGULATIONS

1. Click here for Province-wide Regulations that apply to Zone 2. 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. A zero bag limit has been implemented for all Sturgeon fishing in Alberta.

8. All fish kept from Zone 2 count as part of the province-wide possession, which must not be exceeded (See Province-Wide Maximum Possession).

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

PP1 Watershed Unit Regulations

Bait Fishing
Fishing with bait, including bait fish, in PP1 lakes and streams is allowed except at locations listed with Bait Bans under “PP1 Lake and Stream Listings.”
NOTE: Most lakes, reservoirs, streams and canals in PP1 are CLOSED from March 16 to May 7.

PP1 Site-Specific Regulations
The names of most lakes and major streams appear alphabetically under “PP1 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 PP1 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 “PP1 Lake and Stream Listings” starting on this page.
You must follow the regulations stated with each listing.

C. For other PP1 Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds not included under (A) or (B) and for fish species not mentioned at a listed lake.
Open all year – Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10; (where present, Trout limit 5; Mountain Whitefish limit 5 over 30 cm); Bait allowed.

STREAMS

A. For Streams and canals listed and fish species listed under “PP1 Lake and Stream Listings” starting on this page.
You must follow the regulations stated with each listing.

B. For other PP1 Streams, canals and tributaries, not included under (A) and for fish species not mentioned at a listed stream.
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Walleye and Sauger limit 3; Walleye over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; (where present, Trout limit 2; Mountain Whitefish limit 5 over 30 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10; Goldeye limit 10); Bait allowed.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

PP1 Lake and Stream Listings

Badger Reservoir
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Battle Creek (8-1-W4) & tributaries
June 1 to Mar. 31 – Trout limit 0; Bait Ban.
Apr. 1 to May 31 – CLOSED

Bassano Reservoir (see Bow River below – the portion from Hwy 24 downstream to Bassano Dam)

Bow River
upstream of Hwy 24 Bridge (downstream side) to Carseland Weir (Fish Management Zone 1, Watershed Unit ES1).
CLOSED – Apr. 1 to May 31 and Oct. 1 to Nov. 30
June 1 to Sept. 30 and Dec. 1 to Mar. 31 – Trout limit 1 under 35 cm; All trout over 35 cm must be released; Mountain Whitefish limit 5 over 30 cm; Pike limit 3 (no size limit); Bait Ban
from Hwy 24 Bridge downstream to Bassano Dam, including Bassano Reservoir – Open all year
Apr. 1 to Mar. 31 – Trout limit 1 under 35 cm; All trout over 35 cm must be released; Mountain Whitefish limit 5 over 30 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Bait Ban.
from Bassano Dam downstream to South Saskatchewan River
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Trout limit 2; Mountain Whitefish limit 5 over 30 cm; Walleye and Sauger limit 3; Walleye over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Burbot limit 10; Goldeye limit 10; Lake Sturgeon limit 0; Bait allowed.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Brooks Aquaduct Pond (15-18-14-W6) – Open all year – Trout limit 5; Pike limit 3 (no size limit); Perch limit 5.

Bullhead Reservoir (28-8-4-W4), including outlet (Bullshead Creek) downstream to Eagle Butte Rd. Bridge
Apr. 1 to Oct. 31 – Trout limit 1 over 50 cm; Bait Ban.
Nov. 1 to Mar. 31 – CLOSED

Cann (Gun Club) Lake (17-19-14-W4)
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Carseland Irrigation Canal between McGregor Lake and the drop structure situated 1 km upstream of Sec. Rd. 542.
May 8 to Sept. 30 – Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Oct. 1 to Nov. 30 – CLOSED
Dec. 1 to Mar. 15 – Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Chestermere Lake
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Chin (Lakes) Reservoir – see Stafford Reservoir below.

Clear Lake (14-25-W4)
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Pike limit 1 over 100 cm.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED


Corner Lake – Open all year - Pike limit 3 (no size limit).

Cowoki Irrigation Canal between Cowoki Lake and Tilley B Reservoir
May 8 to Aug. 31; Dec. 1 to Mar. 15 – Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Sept. 1 to Nov. 30; Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Cowoki Lake
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

CPR Lake –
Open all year - Pike limit 3 (no size limit); Perch limit 15.

Crawling Valley Reservoir, including the Crawling Valley Inlet Canal downstream of the canal headworks (Little Dam) (3-21-18- W4) – Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
May 8 to Nov. 30 – Open only between sunrise and sunset each day.
Dec. 1 to Mar. 15 – Open 24 hrs. a day.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Cross Coulee Reservoir (5-20-W4) – Open all year – Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.

Eagle Lake
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Burbot limit 10.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Elkwater Lake
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Pike limit 3 (no size limit); Perch limit 15.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Fincastle Lake
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Walleye limit 1 over 55 cm; Pike limit 3 (no size limit); Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Forty Mile Reservoir
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Walleye limit 1 over 55 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Graburn Creek (8-1-W4) & tributaries
June 1 to Mar. 31 – Trout limit 0; Bait Ban.
Apr. 1 to May 31 – CLOSED

Hays-Grantham Reservoir
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Henderson Lake – Open all year – Pike limit 3 (no size limit); Perch limit 15.

Horsefly
(Lake) Reservoir – Open all year - Walleye limit 1 over 55 cm; Pike limit 3 (no size limit); Perch limit 15.

Interlake (Johnson Lake) (16-19-15-W4)
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

J Reservoir (33-17-13-W4)
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Jamison Lake (16-19-14-W4)
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Pike limit 3 over 63 cm.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Jensen Reservoir (4-22-W4)
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 (no size limit); Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Keho Lake and upstream on the inlet canal to the first drop structure
May 8 to Aug. 31 and Mar. 2 to Mar. 15 – Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Sept. 1 to Mar. 1 – Walleye limit 1 over 55 cm; Pike limit 3 over
63 cm; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Kitsum Reservoir (17-15,16-W4)
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Lee Creek & tributaries
June 16 to Aug. 31 – Trout limit 2; Cutthroat and Rainbow over 30 cm; Mountain Whitefish limit 5 over 30 cm; Pike limit 3 (no size limit); Bait Ban.
Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 – Trout and Mountain Whitefish limit 0; Bait Ban
Nov. 1 to June 15 - CLOSED

Lethbridge University Pond – Open all year - Pike limit 3 (no size limit).

Little Bow Reservoir & Inlet Canal
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Walleye limit 1 over 55 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Little Bow River
Travers Reservoir upstream to Township Road 144A - CLOSED all year
from Township Road 144A upstream to Carmangay
June 1 to Mar. 15 – Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Mar. 16 to May 31 – CLOSED
from Twin Valley Reservoir Dam downstream to Rge Rd 252
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Pike limit 0; Bait Ban.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Lost Lake – Open all year - Pike limit 3 (no size limit).

Magrath Children’s Pond – Open all year – Trout limit 5; Pike limit 3 (no size limit).

Marsh Lake – Open all year - Pike limit 3 (no size limit).

McGregor Lake Reservoir – Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
May 8 to Nov. 30 – Open only between sunrise and sunset of each day.
Dec. 1 to Mar. 15 – Open 24 hrs. a day
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Medicine Hat College Pond
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Pike limit 3 (no size limit).
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Milk River & tributaries
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Walleye and Sauger limit 3; Walleye over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Mountain Whitefish limit 5 over 30 cm; Burbot limit 10; Bait allowed.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Milk River Ridge Reservoir and upsteam on the inlet canal to the first drop structure
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Walleye limit 1 over 55 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Murray (Lake) Reservoir (10-7,8-W4)
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Newell Lake – including the inlet canal downstream of the Bow Slope turnout structure (NE32-16-15-W4)
May 8 to Mar. 15 – 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; Bait allowed.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Nicholas Sheran Park Pond – Open all year – Trout limit 5; Pike limit 3 (no size limit).

Oldman River
upstream of Sec. Rd. 509 – see Fish Management Zone 1, Watershed Unit ES1.
from Sec. Rd. 509 downstream to South Saskatchewan River & tributaries except St. Mary River
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Mountain Whitefish limit 5 over 30 cm; Walleye and Sauger limit 3; Walleye over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Burbot limit 10; Goldeye limit 10; Lake Sturgeon limit 0; Bait allowed.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Park Lake
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Picture Butte Reservoir – Open all year - Pike limit 3 (no size limit).

Police (Outpost) Lake (8-1-26-W4)
Apr. 1 to Oct. 31 – Trout limit 1 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 (no size limit); Bait Ban.
Nov. 1 to Mar. 31 – CLOSED

Rattlesnake Reservoir – see Sauder Reservoir below.

Raymond Reservoir
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Pike limit 3 (no size limit).
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Raymond Sugar Factory Pond – Open all year - Pike limit 3 (no size limit).

Red Deer River – see Fish Management Zone 2; Watershed Unit PP2.

Rock Lake (20-15-W4)
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Rolling Hills Reservoir
May 8 to Mar. 15 – 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 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Sauder (Rattlesnake) Reservoir
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Scope Reservoir
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Shanks Lake
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Pike limit 3 over 63 cm.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Shays Reservoir – Open all year - Pike limit 3 (no size limit).

Sherburne Lake Reservoir
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Snake Lake (19-17-W4)
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

South Saskatchewan River
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Walleye and Sauger limit 3; Walleye over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Burbot limit 10; Goldeye limit 10; Lake Sturgeon limit 0; Bait allowed.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Spruce Coulee (26-8-2-W4) Open all year – Trout limit 5, Walleye limit 3 (no size limit).

Stafford Reservoir
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

St. Mary Reservoir
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

St. Mary River
upstream of St Mary Reservoir & tributaries except Lee Creek
June 16 to Aug. 31 – Trout limit 2; Cutthroat and Rainbow over 35 cm; Mountain Whitefish limit 5 over 30 cm; Pike limit 3 (no size limit); Bait Ban.
Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 – Trout and Mountain Whitefish limit 0; Pike limit 3 (no size limit); Bait Ban.
Nov. 1 to June 15 – CLOSED
downstream of St Mary Reservoir & tributaries
June 16 to Oct. 31- Trout 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 from Aug. 16 to Oct. 31.
Nov. 1 to June 15 – CLOSED

Stonehill Lake
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Pike limit 3 over 63 cm.
Mar. 16 to May 7 –CLOSED

Taber
(Lake ) Reservoir – Open all year - Pike limit 3 (no size limit).

Tilley ‘B’ Reservoir
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Travers Reservoir
that portion west of SW 2-15-22-W4 (North of a line from the farm building to Little Bow Provincial Park pumphouse on the east).
June 1 to Mar. 15 – Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Mar. 16 to May 31 – CLOSED
the remainder of the reservoir
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Walleye limit 0; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED
No fishing within 100 m of the Canal inlet structure.

Twelve Mile Coulee Reservoir
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Twin Valley Reservoir
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Pike limit 1 over 63 cm.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Unnamed (Burdett) Reservoir – Open all year – Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 (no size limit); Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.

Upper and Lower Chin (Lake) Reservoir
May 8 to Mar. 15 – Walleye limit 3 over 50 cm; Pike limit 3 over 63 cm; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.
Mar. 16 to May 7 – CLOSED

Yellow Lakes – Open all year – Pike limit 3 (no size limit); Perch limit 15; Lake Whitefish limit 10; Burbot limit 10.