The Red Deer River anchors recreational fishing in the Red Deer County and features quite a diversity of game fish: brown trout, goldeye, mountain whitefish, northern pike, sauger and walleye, with the occasional lake sturgeon as a bonus.

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Lacombe residents attempt to reel in world record for oversized fishing lure

Lacombe residents attempt to reel in world record for oversized fishing lure

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Lacombe residents attempt to reel in world record for oversized fishing lure

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With the exception of brown trout, which are a species that originated in Europe, all these species are native to the Red Deer River. The brown trout were stocked in the Red Deer River below Gleniffer Reservoir by the provincial government dating back to 1932, with supplemental plantings of wild brown trout transplanted from the Bow River in 1992. They suffered a set back from devastating floods in 1995 and 2005 and are slowly recovering in numbers but are still a major draw because of their large 22 inch+ size. Trophy size brown trout of this size are rare in western Canada.

In Red Deer

Generally, float trips take place above the City of Red Deer and below the Dickson Dam on the Gleniffer Reservoir, in what’s called a “tailwater” section noted for its stable flows. This section of the Red Deer River is a beautiful stretch of water in a very scenic, pastoral setting.

The Red Deer River has two major tributaries below Gleniffer Reservoir: the Little Red Deer River and the Medicine River.

The Little Red Deer River is a popular destination for brown trout fishing, as well as brook trout and mountain whitefish, with the odd bull trout.

The mouth of the Medicine River at its confluence with the Red Deer River is popular for pike, walleye, sauger, brown trout and mountain whitefish. Gleniffer Reservoir doesn’t boast great fishing but offers up pike, walleye, mountain whitefish and the odd brown trout.

The Mitchell Pong (formerly Waskasoo Park Pond) at Heritage Ranch is home to a number of different species of trout and was last stocked in 2013. Although no longer stocked, Bower Ponds is still a favourite of some local anglers and has even had 20 pound pikes fished out of it!

Outside the City

There are a couple of key lakes in the area, Gull Lake and Sylvan Lake, both of which are popular destinations of provincial significance.

Gull Lake features excellent fishing for northern pike and walleye during the open water season while Lake Whitefish are the main draw during the ice fishing season and attract thousands of anglers annually; burbot and northern pike are also very popular hard-water target species, as well as yellow perch.

Pike, walleye, yellow perch and Lake Whitefish are the main drawing cards for Sylvan Lake. Sylvan Lake has grown in popularity in Alberta’s fishing circles during the last decade as a go-to lake for both walleye and Lake Whitefish.

Pine Lake is another popular local lake, featuring a yellow perch fishery.

The Dickson Trout Pond in Spruce View is stocked yearly with large amounts of rainbow trout and is even home to some northern pike. Bennett’s Pond in Red Deer County was last stocked with rainbow trout in 2017, Crooked Creek last stocked with brown trout in 2002, and Schrader Creek last stocked with brown trout in 2004. Stocked lakes are popular with locals during all season of the year, and they provide a stable recreational base for locals in particular.

CLOSURE - Effective Immediately
March 16, 2020

Please be advised that Tourism Red Deer's offices are now closed to the public, effective immediately given the rapidly-evolving situation with Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This decision will impact visitors to our building, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and also affect access to the rest stop and public washrooms adjacent to our offices.

We do not make this decision lightly and do so with the health and safetly of our staff and visitors in mind. The closure will remain in place until further notice.

Currently, our team will continue regular work on-site and will be available to answer questions via phone or e-mail during regular office hours.

Phone: 403-346-0180

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