Fall Index Netting (FIN) Summaries

Fall index netting (FIN) is used by Alberta Environment and Parks to primarily monitor Walleye and Northern Pike populations. Fall index netting is being assessed as a method to assess the sustainability of other popular fisheries too, for example, Lake Whitefish and Yellow Perch.

For more information on Alberta’s Fall Index Netting (FIN), please see Alberta’s FIN website:

The Fish Sustainability Index (FSI) was developed to bring consistency to fish stock assessments and provide a province-wide evaluation of the sustainability of Alberta fish species.

Information from fish stock assessments are translated into corresponding categories of risk to sustainability where a score of 1 represents a fishery at very high risk and a score of 4 or 5 represent low risk (Table 1).

Table 1 - Alberta’s Fish Sustainability Index risk thresholds for Walleye and Northern Pike using the standardized Fall Index Net (FIN) method.

Assessment Score Risk to Sustainability
5 Very Low
4 Low
3 Moderate
2 High
<1 Very High

For more information on Alberta’s Fish Sustainability Index (FSI), and Walleye and Northern Pike FSI Maps, please see these websites:

For more information on the assessment of a particular lake, please contact the local office:

FIN Summaries (based on adult abundance and length distribution)

2016

Waterbody Risk to Sustainability Rating
Walleye Northern Pike
Baptiste Lake Moderate High
Beaver Lake High High
Bourque Lake Moderate Very High
Frog Lake Extirpated Very High
Iosegun Lake Low High
Island Lake High High
Lac La Biche High High
Lac La Nonne Very High High
Lac Ste Anne Very Low High
Lawrence Lake N/A Very Low
Smoke Lake High Very High
Wadlin Lake Very Low High
Whitefish Lake Moderate Very High
Wolf Lake Very High Moderate

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2015

Waterbody Risk to Sustainability Rating
Walleye Northern Pike
Badger Lake Very High High
Blackett Lake Moderate High
Burnstick Lake High Moderate
Crawling Valley Res High High
Eagle Lake High High
Elinor Lake Moderate High
Gregg Lake Very High High
Heart Lake Low High
Jackson Lake Moderate High
Jarvis Lake Very High High
Jensen Reservoir Very High Very High
Keho Lake Very High High
Kinnaird Lake Moderate High
Lac Bellevue Very Low Very High
Lac La Biche Low High
Long Lake High Very High
Marie Lake High High
Muskwa Lake Very High Very Low
North Buck Lake Extirpated High
Orloff Lake ModerateHigh Very High
Pigeon Lake Very Low Very High
Pine Lake Very High Moderate
Sawn Lake Very High High
Seibert Lake High Very High
Skeleton Lake Moderate LowModerate
Spencer Lake Low High
Wabamun Lake Very High High
Winagami Lake Low Moderate

2014

Waterbody Risk to Sustainability Rating
Walleye Northern Pike
Big Island Lake High Very High
Bistcho Lake High Low
Clear Lake Very Low Very High
Fickle Lake High Very High
Gardiner Lake High High
Gods Lake Very High High
Gull Lake High High
Haig Lake Low Very High
Ironwood Lake Moderate High
Lac La Biche Moderate High
Lac Ste Anne Very Low High
Magee Lake N/A Very Low
Middle Chain Lake N/A High
Moose Lake High High
Pinehurst Lake ModerateHigh High
Shiningbank Lake ModerateHigh High
Snipe Lake Very High High
Thurston Lake Very High High
Touchwood Lake High High
Wolf Lake Moderate High

2013

Waterbody Risk to Sustainability Rating
Walleye Northern Pike
Buck Lake Very Low High
Christina Lake Very High High
Fawcett Lake High High
Fork Lake N/A Low
Garner Lake Very Low Very High
Iosegun Lake Low Very High
Kehewin Lake High High
Lac La Biche High Very High
Lac Ste Cyr Very High High
Lake Newell High Very High
Long Lake Low Moderate
May Lake High High
McGregor Lake High Very High
N Wabasca Lake Very High High
Pigeon Lake Very Low Very High
Sandy Lake Very High High

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Updated: May 4, 2017