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.

Athabasca & McLeod Rivers

Tributaries of the Athabasca and McLeod rivers such as Sakwatamau and Freeman; 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 and Park's webpage.

Alberta Environment and Parks

For more information on ice fishing
contact the Visitor Information Centre at 1-800-313-7383.

Woodlands County Ice Fishing

Whitecourt Ice Fishing

Winter Fishing Alberta