Scientific Name: Salvelinus confluentus
General Status: Sensitive
Detailed Status: Threatened
The bull trout is listed as a Threatened species in Alberta.
A Bull Trout Species Management and Recovery Plan was prepared in 1995; subsequently, the status of various
populations was reviewed in greater detail and an updated conservation management plan was published
in March 2012. A zero limit has been placed on bull trout in Alberta until such time as there is a harvestable
A major information and education initiative has been ongoing since the 1995 management plan was completed.
The slogan "No black, put it back!" has been developed to reinforce the zero catch limit, as bull trout
do not have any black spots or marks on their dorsal fins.
Trout Unlimited Canada has embarked on an extensive sign campaign along streams throughout the entire
eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta to caution anglers not to keep any bull trout.
Detailed Status Report
Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 39, 2009 update prepared by M. Rodtka
Archived Detailed Status Report
Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 39, prepared by J.R. Post and F.D. Johnston
Alberta Species at Risk Conservation Management Plan No. 8, prepared by K. Rees, I. Girard, D. Walty
and D. Christiansen
Additional information for this species is available at:
Updated: Aug 24, 2018