Stoney Lake

Catch and Release Regulation Placed on Stony Lake (Siler Lake)

Over the summer Stoney Lake experienced a significant summer kill. Conservation measures are needed in order to allow fish populations to recover. A zero harvest limit has been put in place to address this need.

Signage has been placed at various access points along the lake to notify public about the regulation change.

For more information regarding regulation changes, please contact the Fish and Wildlife office in that area:

Zero Harvest Limit Frequently Asked Questions

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A fish kill occurred in August, 2016. A significant number of dead Pike and Perch were observed along the shoreline of Stoney Lake. A harvest closure is necessary to protect the surviving fish from harvest, and a closure will also allow the maximum number of spawning fish to re-establish the fishery.

The kill may have been caused by an algal bloom. Subsequent death and decomposition of the algal material may have led to reduced dissolved oxygen in the lake. Limited or rapid declines in oxygen levels can cause stress and mortality of fish. Other related causes, if prevalent, may have been due to toxins released from blue-green bacteria (e.g., Microcystin) in the algal bloom, which can also cause stress in fish.

A process is in place to ensure speedy recovery of fish populations in the event of a significant die off. AEP will need to determine the significance of the fish kill (i.e., number of remaining young fish and spawning fish) by:

  1. assessing the fishery when fall water temperatures are appropriate for the sampling methods;
  2. determining if there is an adequate number of young and spawning fish remaining;
  3. determining an appropriate angling regulation to maintain a sustainable fishery; and
  4. consultation and/ or notification with stakeholders.

It is anticipated by mid-winter that results will be available and management actions will be proposed.

AEP cannot prevent anglers from legally fishing a lake; however, the angling regulation may determine the lake they choose to fish at.

For more information regarding regulation changes, please contact the Fish and Wildlife office in that area:


Updated: Mar 7, 2017