How Many Rods Can You Fish with in Alberta?

Limits on things like number of rods per person, quantities of fish allowed, and other regulations, are found in the Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations. Often times, the rules are different for ice fishing than they are for open water fishing. That is the case when it comes to rods per person.

How many rods can you fish with in Alberta? You can only fish with 1 rod per person in Alberta for open water fishing. You are allowed 2 rods per person for ice fishing. Each person assigned to a rod (or rods) must be properly licensed to fish.


The above link takes you directly to the Regulations and Information section of the Alberta Guide to Sportfishing. Right near the top under ”General Sportfishing Restrictions” you will see the answer to this question.

You will also see there are restrictions on the number of total hooks allowed on a line. The restrictions are as follows:

It is unlawful to: Use a line in angling equipped with more than three hooks (e.g.,
three hooks, or three single-hook lures, or one three-hook lure).

From the Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations

In Summary

  • In Alberta, you can only fish with 1 fishing rod at a time in open water, and up to 2 at a time for ice fishing.
  • Only the individuals who are properly licensed can count towards these numbers.
  • There are other fishing equipment restrictions as well, such as no more than 3 hooks on a line.