Locations and dates vary from water body to water body, 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 most vulnerable. Exceptions do occur where a specific population will not be protected by the general area closure
- In the prairie area of southern Alberta, most lakes, reservoirs, streams and canals close on April 1 and reopen on May
8 each year, remaining open until March 16.
- In the parkland area of central Alberta and in the boreal areas of northern Alberta, lakes generally close on April 1
and reopen on the Friday of the May long weekend, remaining open until March 31.
- Most streams in northern Alberta are closed to angling from November 1 to May 31.
- In the Eastern Slopes area of the province, angling closures reflect the differences in fish species present as well as
the effects of altitude and latitude on fish spawning seasons.
There are exceptions for all of these closures, so please check the current regulations for the fishing seasons on specific