What are spring, fall and winter fishing closures?
Spring, fall, and winter fishing closures occur during the fish spawning seasons. The closures protect fish from harvest or injury during their spawning season. Successful spawning is critical for the long-term sustainability of fishing opportunities because the majority of Alberta fish populations are maintained by spawning wild fish.
Where do spawning closures occur?
Locations and dates vary from waterbody to waterbody, depending on what fish are present.
Where possible, annual closing and opening dates are assigned to the waters in each area to simplify the regulations for anglers and protect the fish when they are vulnerable. Exceptions do occur where a specific population will not be protected by the general area closure period.
To review annual opening and closing dates for specific waterbodies, consult the current Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations.
Why are angling closures needed during fish spawning seasons?
Alberta has about 800 lakes that support natural sport fish populations. Our fish populations are under heavy sportfishing pressure. It’s important that adults are not disturbed during their spawning seasons for the chance to reproduce more successfully. This is critical to the sustainability of our fishing opportunities.
Will some water bodies remain open to fishing all year?
Most of the approximately 300 ponds that are stocked with trout remain open to angling throughout the year.
Please check the current Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations for the fishing seasons on specific water bodies.
Where can I get more information?
Learn more about sportfishing in Alberta:
Get a printed copy of the guide: