Wednesday, 15 September 2021 13:45

What is the future of fishing on Lesser Slave Lake?

Written by Michael Short
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Lesser Slave lake is the largest recreational fishery in Alberta; between 80,000 to 100,000 anglers visit the lake each year. And while the lake is large and encompasses 119,000 square kilometres, its size alone is not enough to ensure a long-term sustainable harvest of both walleye and northern pike. Not since 2008 have there been any significant recreational angling regulation changes.

Looking for input to its management objectives, Alberta Environment and Parks encourages all Albertans to participate in upcoming information sessions to learn about changes to the fishery since 2008, and offer opinions on the type of fishery they hope to see in the future.

In this video, I talk with AEP fishery biologists about the lake and the challenges of maintaining a sustainable fish harvest for recreational use and preserving indigenous fishing rights. And, of course, the long-term conservation of walleye, northern pike, and other fish species.


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