Fishing Experiences are easily fulfilled in Waterton Park. A
variety of fish flourish here, including
Rainbow, Cutthroat, Bull, Lake Trout,
Northern Pike, Lake and Mountain
Whitefish, as well as rare species of
Deepwater Sculpin and Pygmy Whitefish.
The largest fish ever caught was a Lake
Trout weighing in at over 24kg!! (51
lbs.) The fish was played, gaffed and
landed in a boat by a local woman, Mrs.
Fishes of Waterton Lakes National Park
Waterton National Park boasts 24 species of fish!
Columbia Cutthroat Trout
Parks Canada fishing permits are available at Park
headquarters, visitor centre, campground kiosks and from
tackle shops. They are $6.00 for seven days or $13.00 for
the full year season and are valid in all mountain national
If you are under 16 years of age you can purchase your
own permit for a full catch limit of your own or share with
another permit holder and include your catch in their limit.
Waterton Lakes National Park is one of a number of
agencies involved in the recovery efforts for bull trout, a
large, aggressive native char. It is for this reason bait
bans and some closures are in effect for part of or all of
The Dardanelles, Knights (Lower Waterton) Lake, Waterton
River and Maskinonge Lake are open year round. Upper and
Middle Waterton Lakes, Crandell Lake, Cameron Lake and Creek
and Akamina Lake are open May 18 to September 2. Blakiston
(Pass) Creek and it's tributaries are open June 29 to
September 2. All other waters are open June 29 to October 31
except the North Fork of the Belly River which is closed
Update on the Parks Canada "Get The Lead Out"
The 1997 national parks fishing regulations will include
a ban on the use of lead weights less than 50 grams in size
(i.e.. about 1 3/4 ounces). This restriction is designed to
remove small lead wts. from park water bodies, where they
pose a serious lead poisoning problem to waterfowl.