Southwestern Alberta


Spring runoff is still in full swing in southwestern Alberta. The Crowsnest is running high at 13cms, however, visibility is about 2 1/2 feet. Although these streams are running high they are still fishable moving into our peak runoff. The recent rain in the forecast and snow that is to be expected in the mountains may cause these streams to bump up and visibility may decrease. If you are looking to take a trip to the crow or old man this weekend, be prepared for high water and lower visibility. Target the first 10-15’ out from the banks of the rivers, as water velocity increases the fish will start to push up closer to the banks. Darker streamers and nymph patterns are going to be most effective as the fish are going to be able to see them better than lighter patterns.

I took a drive to the upper sheep river to check out the flows and water clarity earlier this week, the river was flowing high with about a foot of visibility. As the sheep river tends to be one of the main causes of muddy runoff into the Highwood, if we don't get too much moisture over the next 10 days visibility on the southern streams should hopefully be fishable by June 16th.

Visibility: 1 1/2 - 2’

Flow Rate:

Crowsnest river yearly flow rate chart.

Crowsnest river yearly flow rate chart.

Oldman river yearly flow rate chart.

Oldman river yearly flow rate chart.



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Connor Ingstrup