Saskatchewan Restricted Activity Timing Windows for the Protection of Fish and Fish Habitat
Restricted activity timing windows have been identified for Saskatchewan lakes, rivers and streams to protect fish during spawning and incubation periods when spawning fish, eggs and fry are vulnerable to disturbance or sediment. Restricted activity periods are determined on a case by case basis according to the species of fish in the water body, whether those fish spawn in the spring or fall/winter, and whether the water body is located in Northern, Central, or Southern Saskatchewan.
(Note: Central Region includes the Churchill River).
How To Determine Timing Windows
- Determine the fish species living in the water body where you wish to do work.
- Determine if the fish living in the water body spawn in the spring or fall/winter according to Table 1. There may be one or both spawning types in any given water body. In Saskatchewan, essentially all lakes and streams contain one or more of the spring spawning fish listed, however far fewer contain fall/winter spawning fish.
- Determine if the water body is located in Northern, Central, or Southern Saskatchewan according to Figure 1.
- Use Table 2 to determine the in-water work timing restrictions according to the location of a water body (Northern, Central or Southern) and the type of fish found within (spring or fall spawners). During these periods work should be avoided.
|Spring Spawning Fish||Fall/Winter Spawning Fish|
|Spring Spawning Fish|
|Northern Saskatchewan||May 1 to July 15||May 1 to July 31|
|Central Saskatchewan||April 16 to June 30||April 16 to July 15|
|Southern Saskatchewan||April 1 to May 31||April 1 to July 15|
|Fall/Winter Spawning Fish|
|Location||No Lake Trout||Lake Trout
|Northern Saskatchewan||October 1 to July 15||September 1 to July 15|
|Central Saskatchewan||October 1 to June 30||September 15 to June 30|
|Southern Saskatchewan||October 1 to May 31||Not Applicable|
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