Walleye Tags Available at Some Local Lakes for the 2017 Fishing Season Alberta Sport Fishing Regulations for 2017 are now available. Some walleye tags are now available on a draw to address underutilized fish stocks in five additional lakes in Alberta.
The Draw System (tags) will be deployed in 2017-18 for walleye in the following additional lakes:
Lac La Biche 1000 Class A permits (2 walleye per permit),
Lac Bellevue 833 Class B permits (3 walleye per permit),
Bourque Lake 196 Class A permits, 14 Class B permits, 40 Class C permits
Hilda Lake 66 Class B permits, 154 Class C permits
Gull Lake 1723 Class A permits.
The other lakes that have had the walleye draw for tags includes Baptiste, Elinor, Fawcett, Garner, Iosegun, Lac Ste. Anne, Long, Newell, Pinehurst, Pigeon, Smoke, Whitefish and Wolf. In 2017 a total of 18 lakes with 16,522 permits are available. Of these the new lakes have added 3806 permits (23%). Pigeon Lake has 5531 permits (33.5%) available with 3239 Class C size of fish. In 2016, 13 lakes with 20,385 permits were available. Interested anglers may obtain information on the Walleye Draw for tags by going the albertarelm.com website or obtaining the 2017 Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations and pamphlet at various vendors in your communities. The draw is open from April 4 to April 27, 2017. The increased walleye harvest opportunities in underutilized lakes is a start; however, it does not address the recommendations made by the people. The Alberta Government has indicated that during the next year further changes to address underutilized fish resources will be developed with further discussion from the stakeholders. Simplified changes will enhance the overall fish populations and allow the people to use the fish as food and at the same time provide economic benefits to the local communities for continued recreational fishing and tourism. The concerns and suggested solutions of the anglers, stakeholders, municipalities, Fish and Game Associations, Agricultural Societies, Chambers of Commerce, business community and the general public with regard to better utilization of fish resources in the Central and NE Regions of Alberta is acknowledged. Ray Makowecki - Fisheries Biologist, Volunteer 780 918-5527 April 9, 2017
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