Family Fishing Weekends
COVID-19 response: temporary closures
The Government of Alberta has temporarily closed front counters at all Fish and Wildlife offices across the province.
Alberta Parks facilities, including parking lots, are also temporarily closed. For more information, visit the Alberta Parks advisories page.
For more information about Alberta’s COVID-19 response, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.
Catch a Memory
Fishing is an easy and enjoyable way for family and friends to connect with some of Alberta’s greatest natural resources – our lakes, rivers, streams and the fish that live in them.
During Alberta’s twice-yearly Family Fishing Weekends, no fishing is licence required. Albertans and visitors are invited to give fishing a try on waterbodies with open fishing seasons (not in national parks). Keep in mind that fishing regulations still apply.
Alberta Family Fishing Weekends – no fishing licence required and happens annually during the Family Day long weekend in February and in the second weekend of July.
Family FISHtival - February 15
Learn all about responsible angling on February 15 with your family at FISHtival, hosted at Bow Habitat Station. Participate in free outdoor activities and explore indoors at a reduced admission.
Learn more about this annual event:
Family Fishing Weekends coming up:
- February 15-17, 2020
- July 4-5, 2020
Fish Stocked Waters
Alberta has approximately 300 stocked waterbodies for anglers to enjoy. They are stocked annually with rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout or tiger trout.
Stocked waters are listed in the Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations. Find a stocked lake near you and enjoy catching a memory on your family fishing experience.
View the current Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations and fish stocking reports at:
Fishing Regulations Still Apply!
Alberta's sportfishing regulations apply all year to anglers of all ages and residences, including during the Family Fishing Weekends.
Aim to be a Responsible Angler
- Know the regulations for the limit and species for each waterbody and season
- Know how to identify fish to better follow the regulations
- Handle fish with care to help them survive after they have been released back into the water
- When you are catching and releasing fish, you can use barbless hooks that are easier to remove
Help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species – Clean, Drain and Dry Your Boat and fishing equipment after using them.
Are you hooked?
Would you like to keep fishing after the Family Fishing Weekends? A Wildlife Identification Number (WIN) card and Alberta sportfishing licence are required for:
- Alberta residents age 16 to 64
- Canadian residents (from outside Alberta) age 16 and older
- Non-residents (from outside Canada) age 16 and older
To purchase your WIN card and fishing licence online, visit:
Updated: Jan 15, 2020