Whitecourt and Woodlands County are home to many great fishing spots!

Depending on where you fish, you can reel in many different types of game fish, from northern pike to walleye, yellow perch to lake whitefish. The Athabasca and McLeod Rivers also offer great fishing, as well as many smaller rivers and creeks in the area. Windfall, Groat, Christmas Creek and several others, have game fish such as Athabasca rainbow trout, grayling, pike, walleye, mountain whitefish and northern pike.

McLeod Lake

Rainbow Trout

6.5km northwest of Whitecourt on Highway 43; turn north onto Highway 32 for about 10km and follow the signs located on the east side of the road at Carson Pegasus provincial park. For more information check out the Alberta Parks website.

Alberta Parks Website

Little McLeod

 Northern Trout, Pike, Whitefish

Located beside McLeod Lake.

Emerald Lake

Eastern Brook

Located 3.2km north of McLeod Lake.

Goose Lake

Pike, Perch

Located 30km north-east of Whitecourt. Take Highway 43 east and turn at Cottonwood onto Secondary Highway 658.

Schuman Lake

Rainbow Trout

Located 4.6 km southeast of Goose Lake.

Blue Ridge Recreation Area


In 2011 the south lake was stocked with trout and is now managed as a quality stocked trout fishery.

Athabasca & McLeod Rivers

(and tributaries such as Sakwatamau and Freeman Rivers; creeks such as Windfall, Groat, Oldman, Chickadee, Christmas)

Athabasca Rainbow Trout, Grayling, Pike, Walleye, Mountain Whitefish, Northern Pike

Alberta Fishing Regulations


Alberta residents under the age of 16 and over 65 need not worry about a fishing license, as it's not required. But for everybody else, different bodies of water have different regulations, and fishermen are required to have a sport fishing license. For more information on fishing licenses, visit Alberta Environment's webpage.

Alberta Environment

Fish in town at Whitecourt's Rotary Park

Grab your fishing rod and tackle, and take your family fishing at Rotary Park. Fishing is limited to people under the age of 16 years, or those accompanied by one or more people under the age of 16 years. Fishing at Rotary Park is permitted from May to October. All guidelines in the current Alberta Guide to Sport Fishing apply while fishing at the park. You can pick up a copy of the guide at all establishments that sell fishing licenses.

Free Fishing Weekends!

Alberta has two free fishing weekends each year: the Family Day weekend in February, and during the summer to coincide with National Fishing Week (dates vary).

Woodlands County has various lakes for people to take advantage of these free fishing weekends.

For more Information call the Whitecourt Forest Interpretive Centre
at 1-800-313-7383.

Alberta Parks

Alberta Fishing Guide