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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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.
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 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 Pond (formerly Waskasoo Park Pond) at Heritage Ranch is home to a number of different species of trout and was last stocked in 2019. 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!
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.
Red Lodge Provincial Park, about 120 km (75 mi) north of Calgary, offers riverside camping in a mature spruce forest. Set up camp and swim, paddle or fish for trout, burbot and white fish in the Little Red Deer River. On this site on the shore of Little Red Deer River an English settler named Mr. Crichley had a craftsman build him a large log home. The logs were painted red, thus Red Lodge became the name of his ranch and later, the name of this park. 67 unserviced campsites and 39 powered (15/3
Red Lodge Provincial Park
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