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Jan 11

Ice Fishing in Central Alberta

Check out our guide to ice fishing in Central Alberta!

Ice Fishing in Central Alberta

Are you looking for a fun winter activity? Ice fishing is a great winter experience in Central Alberta. There are five main components to get you started or going out on the hard water. A definite must is a fishing license, you can get them for the season or a specific day. The basics include a fishing line with a hook, something or someone to put a hole in the ice for you, bait or lures, and warm clothes.

In Red Deer, two ponds offer ice fishing, Mitchell Pond at Heritage Ranch and ponds at Three Mile Bend. Please be aware that all the pond locations are restricted to foot access and are day-use only. They also ask you to refrain from drilling in skating areas or near infrastructure, and any fishing structures are limited to temporary day use. As the weather is still so unpredictable, to ensure your safety, make sure you comply with all cautionary signage (thin ice, etc.).

Have you been to Gull Lake? If not, then this is the time especially if you are into ice fishing. A couple of companies like Adventures Ice Fishing or Gull Lake Fishing Charters offer ice fishing shack rentals, and one of the benefits, if you book with them, is that they know the lake and where the fish are biting. They can also steer you toward what techniques and lures work best if this is your first-time winter fishing.

Sylvan lake is another excellent area for ice fishing and has over 100 ice fishing shacks from simple huts to mini cabins dotting the lake. For those who want to show up for the experience, Sylvan Ice Angling Charters can take care of it all, leaving you to enjoy the fishing. If ice fishing isn’t for everyone in your family, there is still snowshoeing, skating, and snowmobiling on the lake, definitely a fun day for all. Check out Sun Sport Recreation for other winter fun on the lake!

Don’t forget to visit the Alberta Conservation Association for more fishing information from must-have gear to Ice safety. They offer many other tips, so check them out and make this winter an ice-fishing one as you Explore Red Deer’s Backyard.

*Please be sure to follow all regulations for the Watershed UnitPP2.  

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