The Alberta Provincial Stocking program supplies approximately 240 lakes with hatchery-reared trout to provide recreational angling opportunities, reduce angling pressure on natural fish populations, and maintain or enhance fish populations. These stockings create angling opportunities within the province that entice anglers to explore and contribute to the economic expansion of Alberta’s fisheries. The provincial fish-stocking program adds substantial value to the sportfishing industry, contributing an estimated $100 million annually to provincial revenue.
Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Brown Trout, Brook Trout and Tiger Trout are stocked within the province. Approximately 2.1 million Trout (average size 17.5 cm or 65 grams each) are stocked each season into Alberta’s waterbodies for recreational angling purposes.
Arctic Grayling are cultured every four to five years for stocking purposes.
The walleye program incubates green eggs that are collected from fish in the wild and stocked as three-day-old fry. Additionally, fingerlings are grown to a larger size (5 cm and 12 cm) and stocked into designated waterbodies.
Tiger Trout, are a sterile hybrid species that are created using Brown Trout eggs and Brook Trout milt. The provincial stocking goal is to produce approximately 50,000 23 cm Tiger Trout each fall.
Stocked Lakes and the Alberta Guide to Sportfishing
In the Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations (under the Fish Stocking header) is a list of lakes and reservoirs that are identified as regularly stocked lakes. These waterbodies allow the use of bait, are open year-round and have possession limits that support the province-wide maximum possession limit.
View the complete online version of the 2019 Sport Fishing Regulations at:
Notice: Corrections to the print version of the 2019 Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations
Some corrections have been identified for the print version of the 2019 Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations. These corrections have already been made in the online version of the guide. To view the latest corrections report, current advisories, regulation corrections, and closures, click the link below to view current advisories, regulation corrections and closures.
Fish Mortality–Summer and Winter Kill
Summer and winter kill occurs when large numbers of fish die due to a lack of dissolved oxygen. Winter kill can occur in many of Alberta's frequently stocked waterbodies. For a more detailed description regarding summer and winter kill and the lakes affected in Alberta visit the link
Important! Contact Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) if you see large numbers of dead fish in any Alberta waterbody. To find contact information for the office nearest you, visit the Environment and Parks (AEP) website at:
Provincial Fish Hatcheries
Allison Brood Trout Station
The Allison Brood Trout Station is the source of eyed Brook, Brown, Rainbow, Cutthroat and Tiger Trout eggs for the province’s production hatcheries in Cold Lake and Calgary. This facility houses 2,000 – 3,000 broodfish and has the capacity to house 20,000 brood recruits
Raven Brood Trout Station
The Raven Brood Trout Station started as an experimental rearing site in 1926 and became an official operation in the fall of 1937. Raven Brood Station grows 50,000 production trout for recreational stocking and produces approximately 500,000 eyed eggs annually for the rearing facilities.
Cold Lake Fish Hatchery
The Cold Lake Fish Hatchery opened in 1987 and draws water from Cold Lake at a depth of 30m. The hatchery rears and stocks approximately 900,000 Tiger, Rainbow, Brook and Brown Trout per year. The Cold Lake Fish Hatchery is the only provincial hatchery that is designed to raise walleye.
Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery
The Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery is one of the largest indoor hatcheries in North America. Rainbow Trout, Brook, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout are raised from eggs in this facility and stocked into lakes across the province.
Updated: Jan 28, 2020