Muscle tissue and eggs from 30 paddlefish snagged this spring have come back clear of any lingering effects from an oil spill in the Yellowstone River in Montana last January.
State Game and Fish Department fisheries chief Greg Power said Game and Fish and North Star Caviar, a nonprofit group that processes paddlefish eggs into caviar for sale, sent the samples to a lab for analysis to find out whether there was any contamination from 30,000 gallons of crude oil that entered the Yellowstone River near Glendive following a pipeline break in mid-January.
This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. North Dakota Game and Fish conservation supervisor Steve Dyke talks about the State Wildlife Action Plan. Click here to Watch! Read more and provide comments clicking here or here http://gf.nd.gov/news/state-wildlife-action-plan-open-comment
North Dakotaâ€™s initial State Wildlife Action Plan from 2005 has been updated and is available for public comment by visiting the State Game and Fish Departmentâ€™s website, gf.nd.gov.
The primary focus of the current strategy is to address North Dakotaâ€™s 100 Species of Conservation Priority, developed a decade ago as the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department and Townsquare Media are sponsoring the Missouri River SPLASH â€“ a recreation and boating safety event for everyone who enjoys the Missouri River.
The event is Thursday, May 21 in Mandan from 3-6 p.m. at Moritz Sport and Marine. Displays, hands-on activities, demonstrations, regulations, registrations and prizes are included.
The event is free, and people of all ages are invited to attend.
Anglers are reminded that fathead minnows, sticklebacks, and creek chubs are the only legal live baitfish species that can be used in most North Dakota waters.
The only exceptions are the Red and Bois de Sioux rivers where white suckers are allowed, and 23 state waters where it is illegal to use any live baitfish.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries chief Greg Power said for years the department has worked with the wholesale and retail bait industry to help ensure anglers are buying clean and legal minnows at their local bait shops.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department announced today that the state's 2015 regular paddlefish snagging season will close at 10 p.m. Central Daylight Time, Monday, May 11, to protect the population level of the fish. Snaggers are reminded that Monday is a snag-and-release only day.
This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. North Dakota Game and Fish district fisheries supervisor Paul Bailey talks about handling and releasing fish. Click here to Watch! Don't forget to visit the fishing portal of the Game and Fish Department website for more fishing and boating information including contour maps, stocking reports, access and more. Click here or here: http://gf.nd.gov/fishing
The 2015 North Dakota paddlefish snagging season opened May 1 and the season is scheduled to continue through the end of May. However, depending on the overall harvest, an early in-season closure may occur with a 24-hour notice issued by the state Game and Fish Department.
As the mandatory snag and keep day's begin again Friday May 8 and Saturday, May 9, the Game and Fish Department estimates the current harvest at 427. We'll update the numbers when they are available over the weekend. Here's more details and also click here:
North Dakotaâ€™s 2015 deer season is set, with 43,275 licenses available to hunters this fall, 4,725 fewer than last year, and the lowest number since 1978.
Jeb Williams, wildlife chief for the State Game and Fish Department, said deer populations remain well below management objectives in most units, and continuing a conservative management approach is needed to help with recovery efforts.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department tracked 23 outdoors-related bills during the 2015 legislative session, 12 of which were passed by both chambers and signed into law. The following bills take effect this year, unless otherwise noted.