Prince Albert National Park of Canada

Fishing

Fish from an ice fishing hut located on Waskesiu Lake!

Fish from an ice fishing hut located on Waskesiu Lake. The Hawood Inn is happy to lend ice fishing equipment on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Angling Regulation Summary

Cast your line into cool northern waters for lake trout, northern pike and walleye. You are required to obtain a national park fishing license available, with a copy of the fishing regulations, at visitor kiosks.

Open Season for Fishing

Angling is permitted between one hour before sunrise and two hours after sunset as follows:

LakeSpeciesSeason Dates
Waskesiu Lake All Species Victoria Day to March 31
Kingsmere Lake and Wassegam Lake All Species Victoria Day to Labour Day
Crean Lake All Species except Lake Trout Victoria Day to Labour Day
All other Waters
(except closed waters listed below)
All Species Victoria Day to September 30

*Open seasons scheduled to begin on Victoria Day will actually begin on the Saturday immediately preceding Victoria Day. When the last day of an open season falls on a Friday or Saturday, the open season shall end on the Sunday immediately following the Friday or Saturday.

Closed Waters

  • the first or most easterly Heart Lake
  • the Waskesiu River
  • the Kingsmere River - Mud Creek
  • Amiskowan Lake
  • that part of Waskesiu Lake adjacent to the outlet from Mud Creek and within a 500 metres radius from the middle of Mud Creek where it discharges into Waskesiu Lake
  • that part of Waskesiu Lake adjacent to the outlet from the Kingsmere River and within a 500 metres radius from the middle of the Kingsmere River where it discharges into Waskesiu Lake
  • that part of Kingsmere Lake within a 500 metres radius of a point known locally as Clare Point
  • Kapesiwin Creek
  • that portion of Sandy Lake adjacent to the outlet from Kapesiwin Creek and within a 500 metres radius from the middle of Kapesiwin Creek where it discharges into Sandy Lake

Maximum Daily Catch and Possession Limits

Per Permit: Game Fish
  • Northern Pike 3
  • Walleye 2
  • Lake Trout* 1
  • Whitefish 5
  • Yellow Perch 5
  • All Game Fish in Aggregate

* See additional lake trout regulations

If fish have been filleted, two fillets shall be treated as one fish, and unless the body is shown, every fillet shall be treated as having been taken from a game fish.

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National Park Fishing Permit Required

  • Every person shall, when fishing, carry on his or her person a valid Canadian National Parks fishing permit.
  • Persons under 16 years of age may either purchase a fishing permit or be accompanied by a person 16 years of age or older who is the holder of a fishing permit. If they do not purchase their own permit every fish in their possession shall be regarded as in the possession of the permit holder.

It Is Unlawful To

  • fish by foul hooking, use more than one line, leave a line unattended or use a combination of hooks capable of catching more than one fish at a time (e.g. a pickerel rig)
  • use or have in possession as bait, live or dead fish or parts thereof (including fish eggs)
  • put any meat, bones, dead fish or offal, grain, dry feed or other food for fish into Park waters
  • collect bait in the Park
  • allow to spoil or be wasted any fish that is legally caught and suitable for human consumption
  • have in possession any equipment that can be used to catch or take fish by other than angling (e.g. nets, traps, spear guns)
  • use or have in possession a gaff-hook or tailer
  • use a lure having more than two single hooks or more than two gang-hooks
  • use or be in possession of a lead sinker or lead jig that weighs less than 50g

More information on lead sinkers and jigs is availabe at the Visitor Centre.

Use fish-scaling tables where available. This confines the scent, which may attract bears, and fish remains to one area away from your campsite.

To assist in resource management research please return any tags found on fish.

Additional Lake Trout Regulations in Prince Albert National Park

  • Anyone who fishes for lake trout must acquire a free lake trout endorsement in addition to the usual national park fishing permit. This endorsement is only available at the Visitor Centre in Waskesiu Lake or at the South Gate. Please follow closely, all instructions on the catch report card;
  • There is an annual catch limit of two lake trout per year.