If you like to fish, you had better make sure that you are keeping track of when the fishing season on the Red Deer River is open. The River will be closed from April 1 until May 14 this spring.
"The reason that they have it closed is because the walleye and pike spawn in the spring of the year, and it allows them to spawn and then redistrubute within the river system prior to fishing being open so that they are not all clustered up in their spawning areas; it's to easy to over fish when they are all grouped together," explains Fish and Wildlife Officer Kelly Wilson.
If you are caught fishing in this time, it will be considered sport fishing during a closed season, and could result in a fine of up to a couple hundred dollars, or possibly even a court appearance. Don't worry though, if you just can't wait to get some fishing in, you still have the opportunity.
"The stock trout ponds are still open; you can fish in Blood Indian, Michichi Reservoir, McLaren Dam, all the stock trout ponds in that area are open for fishing and the limit is five trout per angler," advised Wilson.
Although if you are taking advantage of the trout ponds, make sure that you have your fishing license. Fishing licenses cost approximately $30.00 and can be purchased by following the link. The license allows you to fish from April 1st until March 31 of the following year.
"Half of the sale of the license goes to the habitat, and some of that money gets used to stock the trout ponds that the guys are fishing in too, so that money goes back to the outdoors," explains Wilson.
The fine for being caught fishing without a license is $115.00.