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Banff National Park

Angling is a way of slowing down and enjoying the peacefulness that protected areas provide us and learning about aquatic environments.

Where to Fish

Open Seasons, Special Restrictions and Closed Waters - Banff National Park

Rules & Regulations

Canada National Parks Act - General Fishing Regulations

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

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. They may also purchase their own permit and be entitled to the full catch limit.

Fishing Permit

An annual or a single day permit can be purchased at park's information centres as well as some local retail outlets.

  • The permits are valid only in the national park in which they were purchased with the exception of the contiguous mountain parks (Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho) where one permit is valid for all parks.
  • A Fishing Regulations Summary (updated annually) accompanies your permit or at park information centres.


All national parks in Canada have implemented lead-free fishing to eliminate the threat lead poses to wildlife and the environment.

  • All fishing tackle under 50 grams containing lead, such as leaded sinkers, lead split shot, lead weighted jigs (lead molded to a hook) and soft lead putty wire are not allowed.
  • Alternatives to lead are available

Barbless Hooks

Although not mandatory in the mountain national parks, the use of barbless hooks is recommended. Many anglers prefer barbless hooks because fish are more easily released. You can turn an old hook into a barbless hook by squeezing the barb down with a pair of pliers.


  • Be sure to have all the required safety equipment when boating.
  • Be prepared for hazards of weather; even in summer the mountain environment can be a cold one.
  • Always have enough clothing to keep you warm and dry; bring spare clothes just in case.
  • And remember, always be bear aware in wilderness areas.