April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023

Canada National Parks Act General Fishing Regulations

It is unlawful to:

  • Fish without a national park fishing permit in your immediate possession.
  • 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
    • live or dead fish or any parts thereof for use as bait
  • Fish by any method other than angling
  • Fish with more than one line at a time
  • Fish with a line having more than one artificial fly
  • Fish closed waters
  • Leave a fishing line unattended
  • Fish from 2 hours after sunset to one hour before sunrise
  • 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

When fishing in park waters that allow possession (see Catch and Possession Limits), it is unlawful to:

  • Possess more than 2 game fish at one time
  • Continue fishing on any day after having caught and retained the maximum daily catch and possession limit.
  • Allow your catch to spoil or to be wasted

Catch and posession limits

How to identify your catch

We need your help to prevent the spread of invasive species

Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat before arriving in Jasper.

Clean
and inspect watercraft and gear. Feel for very small bumps that could be juvenile mussels attached to your equipment. Remove all mud, sand, plant materials before leaving the shore. Rinse scub, or pressure wash. Use hot water if possible.
Drain
Drain on land before leaving the waterbody. Drain by inverting or tilting the watercraft, opening compartments and removing seats if necessary.
Dry
Dry the watercraft and gear completely between trips and allow all areas to dry. Leave compartments open and sponge out standing water.

Invasive species of concern

Whirling Disease

Whirling disease is caused by a parasite that causes skeletal deformities of an infected fish’s body or head, usually in young fish, and the tail may appear dark or black. The disease can be spread to other waterbodies through spores in mud. This disease is not harmful to humans or other mammals but can have significant effects on some fish populations.

Invasive mussels

Quagga and Zebra mussels are small, fan-shaped, and range from dark brown to white in colour. Just a few mussels can produce millions of eggs. They are very efficient at filtering nutrients from the water, leaving no food for native species. Dense colonies of mussels can clog water pipes and make the shoreline unuseable because of their sharp shells and odour.

Didymo

Didymo is a freshwater algae that has the appearance of wet toilet paper and the feel of wet cotton wool. It attaches to rocks in streams and can form into large beige to brown mats that completely cover the stream bottom, blanketing important fish and plant habitat.

Felt-soled wading boots (banned in mountain national parks) and other water gear are a common way for didymo to spread. Clean and drain your equipment well, and let dry for at least 48 hours before using it again.

Eurasian water milfoil

Eurasian water milfoil is a perennial, submersed aquatic plant native to Eurasia and North Africa. Although not currently present in Alberta, new colonies can form from a single stem, seed or leaf. Eurasian milfoil forms thick layers that shade native plants and decrease oxygen levels as they decay.

Report all sightings of aquatic invasive species and fish with whirling disease: 403-762-1470 or 1-855-336-BOAT (2628)

Fishing permits

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

Anyone under the age of 16 may fish in the national parks without a permit if accompanied by a national park 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 when fishing in the mountain national parks.

Detailed fees list.

Open seasons, special restrictions and closed waters
Open seasons - rivers and streams
Year round Sunwapta River
April 1 to September 5 and November 1 to March 31 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. Use artificial flys only.
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 March 31 Zone 2: From 12 Mile Bridge (km 22, Hwy 16 East) upstream to Athabasca Falls
June 1 to September 5 and November 1 to March 31 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 Lakes
May 21 to October 2 Maligne Lake, Talbot Lake, Edna Lake
July 1 to October 31 Fly fishing only: Medicine Lake. Use artificial flys only.
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, Highway 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
Definitions
Angling
Fishing with a hook and line held in the hand or with a hook, line and rod held in the hand. It does not mean fishing with a set line.
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
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
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: 1-877-852-3100.