Lesser Slave River caters to all manner of fishing enthusiast. From fast-running streams to the expansive Lesser Slave Lake, fishing is a year-round way of life for weekend hobbyists and seasoned competitors alike. Tournaments abound in the region but Lesser Slave Lake’s Anglers Cup is the most anticipated of them all.
If you’re new to the area and want to try your hand at fishing, the community of Widewater is a great location for outfitting, hiring a guide and finding accommodations. It is also a great place to chat with some of the locals before you head out onto the lake.
The Canadian Tire Anglers Cup
The Canadian Tire Anglers Cup is one of several fishing derbies held around the region. The Anglers Cup has room for up to 150 boats paying a $1000 entry fee. This is the richest cash tournament in Canada.
Lesser Slave Lake is 70 miles long and offers an incredible Walleye fishery. This big water lake can see some significant wave action, so the tournament boundary is about 17 miles from the launch and about 10 miles wide. Presently walleye are plentiful and are easily caught. The Anglers Cup regulations state a 51 cm fish is the minimum length that can be brought into the weigh in. A four fish per day limit meets tournament regulations and total weight of 8 fish over the two days puts the Top 30 teams into the money.
Lesser Slaver River Sport Fish Varieties
|Burbot are secure, and found in abundance throughout Alberta (with the exception of the Eastern Slopes, where their presence is modest). They are the only cod-type fish in Alberta, and currently hold the most recent Alberta fishing record set in 2004.|
|A stable native fish in Alberta, lake whitefish are found abundantly through out the province, with the exception of the Eastern Slopes where their presence is modest. They are a popular game fish among anglers, and are a large part of the commercial fishing in Alberta.|
|Northern Pike are one of the largest game fish in Alberta, and are mildly a part of the Alberta stock program. They are found in plenty throughout the province, and are popular amongst anglers.|
|Walleye (sometimes called Pickerel which are not related at all) are one of the most wide spread species in Alberta and are found in many lakes and some rivers throughout the province. They have been the most stocked fish in Alberta since 2006, and are the most sought after fish for consumption due to their quality white tasting meat. Walleye are the only species in Alberta that are protect by a special harvest license at selected lakes. Special harvest license applications are generally available between March and April. Walleye's main forage is bait fish and insects and can be caught by either angling or fly fishing. They are very aggressive feeders and usually hunt in schools, so if you catch one, you will most likely catch more.|
|Yellow perch are popular amongst young anglers and are easily found throughout Alberta, with the exception of the Eastern Slopes where their presence is scattered. Despite their popularity, they threaten trout populations when they are illegally introduced to environments where they compete with trout.|
For more information about fishing activities in and around Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park, visit the Government of Alberta’s Tourism, Parks, and Recreation website by clicking here.
Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River