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Banff National Park

Fishing Regulations Summary

Mountain National Parks in Alberta and British Columbia
April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017

General Fishing Regulations (Canada National Parks Act)
Open seasons, special restrictions and closed waters
Fishing permits and fees
Definitions

Catch and possession limits
How to identify your catch
Help released fish survive
Fish consumption advisory (mercury)

Fishing Regulations Summary (PDF 396 KB)


General Fishing Regulations (Canada National Parks Act)

Fishing Regulations Summary 2016-17

When angling, it is unlawful to:

  • Fish without a national park fishing permit. 
  • Fish with or possess within 100 metres of park waters the following: 
    • natural bait and chemical attractants; 
    • any lead tackle (sinkers, jigs, lures and flies) under 50 grams; 
    • lures with more than 2 gang hooks; 
    • a line capable of catching more than one fish at one time. 
  • Fish with more than one line at a time. 
  • Fish closed waters. 
  • Leave a fishing line unattended. 
  • Fish from 2 hours after sunset to one hour before sunrise. 
  • Allow your catch to spoil or to be wasted. 
  • Sell, trade or barter any fish caught. 
  • Place or transfer any fish or fish eggs between any park waters. 
  • Place any food for fish in park waters. 
  • Harass fish by throwing objects or impeding their movements.

Please note that this brochure is not a complete listing of National Parks Fishing Regulations and has no legal status. For a complete listing, please refer to the National Parks of Canada Fishing Regulations.


Fishing permits

Anyone under the age of 16 may fish in the national parks without a permit if accompanied by a permit holder 16 years of age or older. However, their catch is then included within the permit holder’s daily limit. A valid national park pass is also required by anyone fishing in the parks.

Daily - $ 9.80
Annual - $ 34.30


Open Seasons, Special Restrictions and Closed Waters

Banff National Park
Kootenay National Park
Yoho National Park
Jasper National Park
Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks
Waterton Lakes National Park

A national park fishing permit is required when angling in Canada's national parks. Provincial fishing licenses are not valid.

Banff National Park (BNP)

Open Seasons

April 1 to
March 31
 
Bow River from Bow Lake Outlet to east park boundary including associated backwaters and oxbow. No ice fishing on the Bow River. 
July 1 to
August 15
Owen Creek
May 21 to
September 5
 
Ghost Lakes (3), Johnson Lake and adjacent inflow stream and beaver ponds, Lake Minnewanka, Two Jack Lake, Vermilion Lakes (3) and adjacent inflow stream and beaver ponds.
July 1 to
August 31
All tributaries of the Bow River except the Cascade River (see below).
July 1 to
October 31
Cascade River, its tributaries and associated lakes above Lake Minnewanka (see definitions).
July 7 to
October 31
Gloria Lake, Leman Lake, Marvel Lake, Terrapin Lake, Spray River and associated tributaries above the Spray Reservoir.
July 1 to
October 31
All other waters except closed waters.

Special Restrictions
  • Possession limit of 1 trout on Johnson Lake and adjacent inflow streams and beaver ponds.
  • Motor boats (gas or electric) are allowed on Lake Minnewanka only.
Closed Waters

  • Castleguard River - that upper portion of the river located in the Zone I - Special Preservation Area; 
  • Cave and Basin marsh system; 
  • Fish Lakes - the two Fish Lakes nearest campsite Mo 18; 
  • Lake Agnes; 
  • Luellen Lake - outflow stream from fisheries’ boundary markers, downstream to the confluence of the outflow stream and Johnston Creek; 
  • Marvel Lake - downstream from line formed between fisheries’ boundary markers to confluence of Marvel and Bryant creeks; 
  • All tributaries and associated lakes in the Clearwater and Siffleur river systems, excluding Isabella Lake.

Kootenay National Park (KNP)

Open Seasons

May 20 to
September 4
Cobb Lake, Olive Lake 
June 15 to
October 31
Kootenay River, Vermilion River
July 1 to
September 4
Dog Lake, Kaufmann Lake
July 1 to
October 31
All other waters

Special Restrictions
  • Kootenay and Vermilion Rivers: rainbow and brook trout. Minimum size limit 30 cm

Yoho National Park (YNP)

Open Seasons

April 1 to
March 31
Kicking Horse River - downstream from the confluence of Kicking Horse River and Yoho River to park boundary 
May 21 to
September 5
McArthur, Ottertail, Summit, Sink and Wapta Lakes
July 15 to
October 31
North bay of Lake O’Hara and Cataract Brook for 1.6 km downstream from Lake O’Hara
July 1 to
October 31
All other waters


Jasper National Park (JNP)

Open Seasons - Rivers and Streams

April 1 to
March 31
Sunwapta River 
April 1 to
September 5 and November 1 to April 2
Fiddle River, Maligne River (below Maligne Canyon), Miette River, Rocky River, Snake Indian River, Snaring River
July 30 to
October 2
Fly fishing only: Maligne River from a point 420 m downstream from the Maligne Lake Outlet bridge to Medicine Lake including that part of Medicine Lake within a 180 m radius of a point in the middle of the Maligne River where it enters Medicine Lake.
July 1 to
September 5
All other rivers and streams except closed waters.

Open Seasons - Athabasca River

Note: The Athabasca River has three fisheries management zones.

Year Round Zone 1: From Athabasca Falls upstream 
April 1 to September 5 and November 1 to April 2 Zone 2: From 12 Mile Bridge (km 22, Hwy 16 East) upstream to Athabasca Falls
June 1 to September 5 and November 1 to April 2 Zone 3: From 12 Mile Bridge (km 22, Hwy 16 East) downstream to east park boundary, including all side channels, Pocahontas Ponds and other connected wetlands  

Open Seasons - Lakes

May 21 to September 5 Annette Lake, Beaver Lake, Dragon Lake, Long Lake, Lorraine Lake, Moab Lake, Mona Lake, No Name Lake (Hwy 93 South, km 48), Pyramid Lake, Lakes Three, Four and Five in the Valley of the Five 
May 21 to October 2 Maligne Lake, Talbot Lake, Edna Lake
July 1 to October 31 Fly fishing only: Medicine Lake
July 1 to October 31 All other lakes except closed waters

Closed Waters
  • Maligne Lake Outlet/Maligne River (the portion including the part of Maligne Lake within a 100 m radius of a point in the middle of the Maligne River where it leaves Maligne Lake, to a point 420 m downstream from the Maligne Lake Outlet bridge); 
  • Jacques Lake and Jacques Lake Outlet stream between Jacques Lake and the Rocky River; 
  • Mile 9 (Km 15) Lake, Hwy 16 (East); 
  • All streams emptying into Amethyst Lake; 
  • That part of Amethyst Lake situated within a 180 m radius from a point in the middle of the outlet stream from the
    southeast end of Amethyst Lake; 
  • That part of the Astoria River situated between Amethyst Lake and a point 400 m downstream from Amethyst Lake; 
  • Osprey Lake;
  • The outlet stream from Moab Lake to its junction with the Whirlpool River, including that part of Moab Lake situated within a 180 m radius of a point in the middle of the outlet stream where it leaves Moab Lake; 
  • The outlet stream from Beaver Lake to its junction with the Maligne Lake Road.


Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks (MRGNP)

Open Seasons

July 1 to October 31         All lakes   

Closed Waters
  • All rivers and streams

Waterton Lakes National Park (WLNP)

Open Seasons

May 21 to
September 5
Akamina Lake, Cameron Lake and Creek, Crandell Lake, Waterton Lakes (Upper and Middle) 
July 1 to
October 31
All other waters except closed waters.

Special restrictions
  • Boat launch permits are required for Waterton Lakes.
  • Barbless Hooks only may be used. See “Definitions”.
  • Motor boats allowed on Middle and Upper Waterton Lakes only.
  • Goat Lake is catch and release only.
Closed Waters
  • Sofa Creek, Dungarvan Creek, Maskinonge Lake and Inlet. 
  • Blakiston/Bauerman creeks and their tributaries 
  • North Fork Belly River and its tributaries

Definitions

Natural bait ban: you can only use lures made of feathers, fibre, rubber, wood, metal or plastic. No edible material (plant or animal products), scented lures or chemical attractants are permitted.

Barbless Hook: this includes a hook the barbs of which are pressed against the shaft of the hook so that the barbs are
not functional.

Fly fishing only: means only artificial flies may be used.

Artificial fly: this is a single or double hook on a common shank, dressed with silk, tinsel, wood, fur, feathers or other materials (no lead), or any combination thereof without a spinning device, whether attached to the hook or line.

Tributary: any water course which flows into another body of water. This includes a tributary to a tributary. Lakes are excluded unless otherwise specified.

Trout: for the purposes of this summary, the word trout includes char species.


Wildlife Watch

Report suspicious activities: 1-888-WARDENS (1-888-927-3367).