Cast your line in the main pond in Hermitage Park or the North Saskatchewan River.
Fishing on shore or in a boat is a fun way to enjoy the outdoors.
The North Saskatchewan River can be unpredictable, with fast moving water, strong surface and underwater currents, hidden hazards such as underwater debris, floating trees and wood, a muddy bottom and a shoreline and uneven surfaces. This presents a greater risk of injuries, accidents and even drowning if appropriate safety measures are not taken.
Please check water levels, water quality notices and advisories from the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Police Services (EPS), Edmonton Fire Rescue Services (EFRS), Alberta Health Services and Alberta Environment and Parks or visit North Saskatchewan regional planning for more information.
Family Fishing Weekends
Each year, during the Family Day long weekend in February and in the second weekend of July. Anyone can fish without an Alberta Sport Fishing Licence. Alberta Sport Fishing Regulations still apply.
An Alberta Sport Fishing Licence is required if you are 16 to 65 years of age
For all anglers, limit is 5 rainbow trout
Non-motorized boats allowed
Family fishing only - all children under 16 years of age to be with supervised adult
North Saskatchewan River
Health Canada sets fish consumption guidelines based on:
The concentration of mercury in fish tissue
The human body's ability to eliminate mercury at a slow rate
You should not eat fish from the North Saskatchewan River more than once a week, and do not eat the liver or other organs. Pregnant women, women of child-bearing age, and children under the age of 15 should not consume the fish at all.
The mercury in many areas of the province, including the North Saskatchewan River, is likely from natural sources (Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations).
Burbot is easily identified by its dark body and white belly. Its most notable feature is the single barbel or whisker hanging from the lower jaw. The Alberta angling record for the species is 5.9 kg. Burbot reach a maximum weight of 8.5 kg. The longest known specimen is 100 cm.
Both goldeye and mooneye are deep, laterally compressed fish with silvery scales. The goldeye has a bright, yellow or golden eye. In contrast, only the upper half of the mooneye's iris is yellow. The Alberta angling records for goldeye and mooneye are 1.9 kg and 0.5 kg respectively. Length data for goldeye isn't reliable but 50 cm goldeye have been caught in Alberta. The maximum fork length for Alberta mooneye is 35.25 cm.
Lake sturgeon are the largest and longest living fish in the river. There is no mistaking the sturgeon with its long whiskers (barbels) and the five rows of bony plates, called scutes, along its body. The plates are sharp on young fish, but smooth out with age. The Alberta angling record is 47.7 kg and the maximum fork length is 170 cm.
Mountain whitefish often move in groups (schools) from one pool to another. Occasionally, you can see them just downstream from the north end of the Quesnell Bridge. The Alberta angling record is 2.57 kg, with a length of 58.5 cm.
Pike is a predatory fish at the top of the food chain. Its habitat is calm, deep water in ponds and creek mouths. Spawning occurs in the spring on flooded vegetation. The current Alberta angling record is 17.2 kg and the maximum weight is 19.5 kg.
Five species of sucker can be caught in the river: silver redhorse, shorthead redhorse, quillback, white and longnose sucker. The mountain sucker is also occasionally caught in the Edmonton area. All are easily identified as suckers by their thick downward pointing lips which they use to suck food from the river bottom. Suckers weighing up to 3.66 kg have been caught in the North Saskatchewan River.
Walleye is the largest member of the perch family. Walleye get their name from the glossy appearance of their large eyes. Walleye can be distinguished from the sauger by the white spots on the its tail. The Alberta angling record is 6.7 kg with a length of 73.7 cm.