The Red Deer River is still closed for fishing until May 15. In the meantime, prepare yourself with some information for this season.

Seasoned and non-seasoned anglers in our area might be itching to get their lines out on the water and start catching some fish. When it comes to fishing within the rivers or stocked ponds in Alberta, Kelly Wilson, Fish and Wildlife Officer had pointers to give.

"A fisherman does not have access to private land (ponds) without the permission of the land owner," said Wilson. "They completely control access and who fishes it, as well as limits."billfishing1Photo Supplied by Bill Lapham

Comparing limits when fishing in a privately owned pond to, for example, the Red Deer River, it is suggested by Wilson that fishermen review the complete guide to this year's season in the 2018 Alberta Guide to Sport-fishing Regulations handbook.

"Fishing without a license is a fine of $115. Fishing within the closed season is $200," explained Wilson. "Once it comes to an illegal fish, say in the Red Deer River, you can cannot keep a Walleye that is less then 50 cm."

Wilson further explained that for every Walleye that is not within regulation, it's an automatic $200 fine plus $50 more per prohibited fish. If you have three Walleye that are prohibited in size, that's $350. The maximum amount goes up to $700; anything after that is an automatic court appearance.

"The trouble with Alberta is we have a lot of fisherman and only a limited number of places to fish, as opposed to other province that have a number of paces to fish and not nearly the numbers of anglers."

Wilson also wants to stress to anglers that if you see someone doing something wrong and violating the regulations and laws around fishing, hunting or trapping this season to call the Report-A-Poacher Line at 1-800-642-3800.

To review this years rules and regulations around fishing as well as hunting and trapping, follow this link.

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