The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds winter anglers to clean up the ice after fishing. This not only applies to trash, but fish as well.
It is not only unsightly, but it is illegal to leave fish behind on the ice. According to the fishing proclamation, when a fish is caught anglers must either immediately release the fish back into the water unharmed, or reduce them to their daily possession.
It is common practice for some anglers to fillet fish on the ice, but if they donâ€™t clean up after themselves, itâ€™s a problem.
Winter anglers are reminded that any fish house left unoccupied on North Dakota waters must be made out of materials that will allow it to float.
A popular question this time of year is if campers qualify as legal fish houses. The answer is the same for any structure taken on the ice â€“ if itâ€™s left unattended, it must be able to float; if itâ€™s not able to float, it must be removed when the angler leaves the ice.
Other fish house regulations include:
Fish houses do not require a license.
have you seen?
This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. Click here to Watch! NDGF fisheries division chief Greg Power talks about this season's Ice Fishing Prospects. Click here to Watch!
North Dakota waterfowl hunters are reminded the statewide duck and white-fronted goose seasons close Dec. 7. However, duck hunting in the high plains unit reopens Dec. 13 and continues through Jan. 4, 2015.
In addition, the season for Canada geese closes Dec. 25, except for the Missouri River Zone, which closes Jan. 2, 2015. Light goose hunting closes statewide Jan. 4, 2015.
Archery deer, fall turkey, sharp-tailed and ruffed grouse, partridge, pheasant and tree squirrel hunting seasons continue through Jan. 4, 2015.
Have you seen?
The November issue of North Dakota Outdoors magazine has been out for a couple of weeks and has a comprehensive story on a proposal for deer licensing in 2015. Game and Fish wildlife chief Jeb Williams explains the proposal in depth. Itâ€™s an excellent read and youâ€™ll learn more about the history of North Dakotaâ€™s deer management and the discussions on the future. Plus a look at North Dakota ice fishing through the years. Check these stories and more in the full November issue available right here: or here
The North Dakota Game and Fish Departmentâ€™s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program has scheduled a one-day darkhouse spearfishing class Jan. 10 at the Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge northwest of Minot.
Women interested in attending the class must register online at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov. The cost is $50, and preregistration with payment is required. Equipment and snacks will be provided. In addition, each participant must register to darkhouse spearfish.
More information is available by contacting Nancy Boldt, program coordinator at 701-328-6312, or email email@example.com.
North Dakota anglers are encouraged to refer to the 2014-16 North Dakota Fishing Guide or the State Game and Fish Departmentâ€™s website for winter fishing regulations.
In addition, anglers can visit the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov, for an extensive list of fishing questions and answers.
Some winter fishing regulations include:
â€˘ A maximum of four poles is legal for ice fishing. However, when fishing a water body where both open water and ice occur at the same time, an angler is allowed a maximum of four poles, of which no more than two poles can be used in open water.
North Dakotaâ€™s darkhouse spearfishing season opens on most state waters December 1. The season extends through March 15. Legal fish are northern pike and nongame species.
Darkhouse spearing is allowed for all residents with a valid fishing license and for residents under age 16. Nonresidents may darkhouse spearfish in North Dakota if they are from states that offer the same privilege for North Dakota residents.
This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov.
While the ice is now on the lakes, Game and Fish Department fisheries crews were busy this fall assessing lakes and reservoirs. NDGF fisheries management section leader Scott Gangl talks about the fall fish reproduction surveys. Click here to watch!
Ice has been forming for several days now across North Dakota and anglers are eager to get out for this winter time hobby. But there's plenty of safety considerations to take into account.
NDGF water safety coordinator Nancy Boldt talks about Safety on the Ice. Click here to Watch! . This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov.