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What fish are in the lakes?

Charlie Lake

Native fish species have historically included: white sucker, brook stickleback, northern pearl dace, and northern redbelly dace. However, apart from white sucker, none of these species have been detected recently suggesting they are no longer present in the lake or are present in small numbers.

Sportfishing for walleye and pike are popular activities; however, these species are not naturally occurring in Charlie Lake. They were introduced in the 1950s. Yellow perch were introduced from Swan Lake in 1981. Introductions of rainbow trout failed in 1933, 1947, and 1949 as did an attempt to stock largemouth bass in 1962. In 1986, several species of forage fish (minnows), including burbot, were transplanted from Alberta when sampling efforts failed to find previously existing native forage fish species.

Swan Lake

Yellow perch were introduced to Swan Lake in the 1970’s following recommendations of regional fish biologists. Walleye do not occur naturally in Swan Lake; they were introduced from Charlie Lake in 1984. Walleye in Charlie Lake were introduced in the 1950s. Northern pike are likely naturally occurring in Swan Lake; they were present in large numbers in the 1970s and no records of stocking pike were found. 

One Island Lake

One Island Lake provides a unique trophy brook and rainbow trout fishing opportunity for Peace Region residents; however, neither of these are native species. One Island Lake has been stocked with brook and rainbow trout since 1955. Minnow species in One Island Lake include fathead Minnow, finescale dace, and brook stickleback.

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