Special Harvest Licences

A Special Harvest Licence (SHL) is a way to share fish among Albertans when there are not enough fish for everyone to be able to keep their catch. Helping populations support themselves or recover ensures the sustainability of these fish populations and fisheries. This management tool is currently only used for walleye.

These licences are available through a draw system, similar to Alberta’s hunting licence application and draw process. Tags are provided to anglers with a licence and are used to harvest legal-sized walleye.

Learn more about how Special Harvest Licences work and why we need them:

Changes to the 2022-2023 Special Harvest Licences for Walleye

Many stakeholders have expressed support for changes to the walleye Special Harvest Licence program. Here are key aspects of the Special Harvest Licence program in the 2022-23 sportfishing season:

  • If successfully drawn, a Special Harvest Licence holder receives 2 walleye tags for Class A (>50 cm) or Class B (43 – 50cm).
  • Class C licences (2 tags for <43 cm walleye) are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • NEW in 2022-23: Anglers will be able to purchase a second SHL licence as of July 15.
    • If you purchased a Class A licence (drawn or undersubscribed), you can purchase a second Class B or Class C supplemental licence.
    • If you purchased a Class B licence (drawn or undersubscribed), you can purchase a second Class A or Class C supplemental licence.
    • If you purchased a Class C licence (first-come, first-served), you can purchase a second Class A or B supplemental licence.
  • Walleye electronic tagging postponed
    • We regret to inform anglers that the planned electronic tag (e-tag) pilot has been postponed. There are licence system configuration challenges that cannot be resolved in time to make e-tagging an effective option for the 2022-2023 season.
    • We continue to work on the e-tagging option and will update anglers when it is available.

Draw Application Process

  • Draw Application Period is Tuesday March 29, 2022 to Thursday April 21, 2022.
  • Draw applications can be purchased online on the AlbertaRELM website or at Licence Issuers.
  • Application cost is $3.35 (plus GST) and is non-refundable.

    To Purchase online, visit:

  • Alberta Residents can apply for a licence for each of the two larger size classes of walleye, but are only drawn for one.
  • The applicant can specify up to three waterbody preferences on each licence draw application (within each draw, state 1st, 2nd and 3rd lake choices).
  • Once drawn, the applicant’s name will be removed from successive draws.

Please log into AlbertaRELM to view the class and number of opportunities available.

2022-2023 Waterbodies

In the 2022-2023 fishing season, Special Harvest Licences for walleye are available for:

2022-23

Class A Licenses for >50 cm walleye

Draw application or undersubscribed

Class B Licences for 43-50 cm walleye

Draw application or undersubscribed

Class C Licences for <43 cm walleye

First-come, first-served

Amisk Lk

Yes

Yes

Yes

Baptiste Lk

Yes

Yes

Yes

Crawling Valley

Yes

Yes

No

Ethel Lk

Yes

No

No

Fawcett Lk

Yes

Yes

Yes

Gregoire Lk

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hilda Lk

No

Yes

Yes

Lac Ste. Anne

Yes

Yes

Yes

Long Lk

Yes

Yes

Yes

Moose Lk

Yes

No

No

Newell Lk

Yes

Yes

No

Pigeon Lk

Yes

Yes

No

Seibert Lk

Yes

Yes

Yes

Shiningbank Lk

Yes

Yes

No

Wabamun Lk

No

No

Yes

Wadlin Lk

No

Yes

No

Whitefish Lk

No

Yes

No

Wolf Lk

Yes

Yes

Yes

Special Harvest Licences for Walleye

  • Special Harvest Licences are $11.00 (plus GST).
  • Licences not allocated during the draw process (undersubscribed licences) will be available for reservation on a first-come, first-served basis from May 5, 2021 (9:00 am) online at albertarelm.com or at a licence issuer ($3.35 + GST per application).
  • Normal licence restrictions apply regarding licence combinations and eligibility. Successful draw applicants will be able to purchase an additional supplemental SHL licence as of July 15.
  • When purchasing your Special Harvest Licence, have pre-numbered Government of Alberta adhesive paper tags (and wires) ready so you can enter the tag numbers.
  • Prior to purchasing, users must have pre-numbered Government of Alberta adhesive paper tags and wires available:

For information about tagging your walleye, please see the current Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations.

Need Help?

If you need assistance, contact the Active Network AlbertaRELM Help Desk:

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Updated: Jun 21, 2022