The province manages four major zones throughout Alberta, Northern Boreal, Parkland Prairie and Eastern Slopes. Hundreds of lakes are stocked each year to help sustain or create new angling opportunities. Visit My Wild Alberta for a list of stocked lakes in Alberta.
Licenses and fishing regulations expire every year on March 31st. New regulations are in effect April 1st, and you are required to renew your license to continue angling.
You are required to have a fishing license and W.I.N. (Wildlife Identification Number) to fish in Alberta. Regardless of whether you are not keeping fish or on private land, you still need a license and W.I.N. Both of which can be purchased online or at supporting retails outlets. Alberta fishing license purchase.
Rules & Regulations
The provincial government has created rules and regulations of when, where and what you're allowed to fish for. Every body of water in Alberta is subject to fishing regulations. When fishing, you are required to know the name of the body of water, the management zone, the fish found in that body of water and all regulations applied to that location. All this information can be found here: 2022/2023 Alberta Guide to Sport Fishing Regulations.