With its incredible network of mountain streams, snaking rivers, and beautiful big lakes, Alberta has become a destination for avid anglers from around the world. In this article, we’ll talk about a few of the best spots for fishing in Alberta.
Another great spot for ice fishing, this is the perfect destination for lake whitefish. Located 10 kilometres west of Lacombe along Highway 12, its whitefish are large sized and many in numbers. Whitefish live in waters under 10 feet deep, and this shallow lake is the perfect environment for them. Just be aware: Alberta Sustainable Resource Development limits your catch to 3 whitefish on this lake, and you may just max out your capacity in under an hour. Thankfully, the lake also has burbot, Northern pike, and yellow perch.
This picturesque little community of 15,000 is one of Alberta’s most popular tourist destinations in the summer, and people are flocking to this community for the lake more than anything else. It’s a beautiful freshwater lake that’s known for its excellent fishing. Throughout the summer, casting right off docks and the waters edge, but the best fishing is in the northwest corner of the lake, where fishers catch some of the biggest pikes in the province, often well over 20 pounds. If the summer rush is a bit too much for you, Sylvan’s also known for its winter ice fishing.
If you’re looking for something a bit more off the beaten path, Kakwa River offers some of the best natural beauty and fishing in Alberta. Nestled in the rocky mountains, this lake has bull trout that are longer than your arm, massive Rocky Mountain whitefish, and incredibly numbers of arctic grayling. Be aware, though, this one really is a bit in the wild. Expect some bushwhacking to get to the good fishing areas – but the trek is well worth it.
Heading back towards civilization, Bow River cuts right through Calgary and follows along the Trans-Canada Highway towards the Canmore area, but it still offers some of the best trout fishing in Alberta. We recommend fishing right in town, where the big browns like to congregate, or below the city, if you prefer the rainbow variety. There are even shuttle services where you park at one section of the river, put your boat in the water, and drift downstream, while someone drives your car for you.