Fishing

Fishing scene
Enjoying the solitude

The best places to fish in Wood Buffalo National Park are along the major rivers that border the park: Slave River, Peace River, Athabasca River, Rivière des Rochers, Chenal des Quatre Fourches.

In these rivers, whitefish, northern pike, walleye and goldeye are found in moderate numbers, although the muddy and silty waters make fishing more challenging.

Saline conditions, and shallow, muddy lakes located within the park are not good habitat for fish. Many of the deeper karst lakes, do not have inflow or outflow channels which fish require for spawning.

A National Park fishing permit is required, if fishing from within the park. Permits can be purchased at the Visitor Reception Centre in Fort Smith or Fort Chipewyan.

Fishing season: Victoria Day in May - October 15

 

 

 

Appearance
 
Fish
 
Daily Catch
and
Possession
Limit
Overall
Length
 
Arctic Grayling Arctic Grayling 5 not
applicable
Lake Whitefish Lake Whitefish 5 not
applicable
Northern Pike Northern Pike 5 not
applicable
Goldeye Goldeye 5 not
applicable
Walleye Walleye 3 Must be
greater
than 43 cm