08/11/2015 18:23 EDT | Updated 08/11/2016 01:12 EDT

Heat, low water levels result in fishing ban on some southern Alberta rivers

CALGARY — A lazy afternoon of angling along Calgary’s rivers could mean a fine.

Hot weather and low water levels have prompted a fishing ban on a number of southern Alberta rivers and streams.

The ban includes the Elbow River from the Glenmore Reservoir to the Bow River confluence.

Lisa Glover with Alberta Environment, says the ban is in place to protect the fish population.

All research licences issued in the affected waterways have also been temporarily suspended.

Glover says when the watertemperature rises, there’s less oxygen available for the fish, which increases stress and the risk of mortality.

The other rivers closed to fishing until further notice are:

— Sheep River from headwaters to Highwood River;

— Highwood River from headwaters to Bow River;

— St. Mary River, downstream of the St. Mary Reservoir and tributaries;

— Belly River, downstream of Secondary Road 800;

— Bow River from Bearspaw Reservoir to Bassano Dam.



The Canadian Press