Bull trout are classified as Sensitive in the current General Status of Alberta Wild Species
Bull trout are also classified as Threatened under Alberta’s Wildlife Act; protective regulations under this Act that apply to fish species are under development. See information on Species at Risk at:
- The spawning fish are usually quite large, over 30 centimetres (12 inches), and are very vulnerable
to capture by bears,
ospreys and people.
- Over-harvesting of this species has led to a decline in population. Protection from angling may result
in recovery, but
that may be countered by habitat degradation, and competition from introduced species.
Fish Sustainability Index
Alberta's bull trout populations have been assessed under the Fish Sustainability Index, see:
Bull trout are cold-water game fish subject to current Alberta sportfishing regulations.
Because of the bull trout's vulnerability, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) has implemented
a zero possession
limit on this fish throughout the province. All bull trout that are caught must be released. For details,
see the My Wild
Alberta website at: