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Southern Alberta fishing areas reopen except for St. Mary River

Alberta's Bow River on Aug. 17, 2015. Doug Vaessen / Global News

CALGARY – After 18 fishing areas in southern Alberta were closed last week, cooler temperatures have allowed all but one area to reopen.

Angling is still not allowed in the St. Mary River downstream of the St. Mary Reservoir and its tributaries

“Given the cooler weather and rain throughout Southern Alberta, water temperatures have decreased and the threat to fish mortality has diminished such that angling may resume in most areas,” said a Friday statement from Alberta Environment and Parks.

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Fishermen and women are reminded to fish in stocked ponds and lakes, fish early in the morning, and minimize handling time, releasing fish as quickly as possible.

The province said Fish Research Licence holders may now resume approved activities.

Anyone with questions can contact the Alberta Environment and Parks information line at 310-3773.

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