I asked myself the question this morning. If I was fishing by myself and caught the state record walleye (or bullhead?) would I feel a little empty compared to if my wife, and/or kids were with me? I would. I know I would. If you don't fish, compare it to getting a hole in one if nobody else is along to witness? Does it count even?
The point in all of this is fishing is not about just catching a limit or a lunker. And getting kids fishing is no easy task. So in that vain we celebrate the FIRST FISH!
North Dakota Lakes Suffer Winterkill
Although this past winter stretched beyond the norm, snowfall throughout most of the state was far from record-setting. Therefore, the number of lakes suffering a fish kill was not extreme.
Scott Gangl, fisheries management section leader for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said approximately 30 winterkills have been confirmed so far this spring. â€śFortunately, the majority of these were considered minor/partial kills, meaning there are still desirable fish to catch in those lakes,â€ť he said.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel recently stocked six lakes with 2-to-5 pound trout from Wyoming.
Jerry Weigel, fisheries production and development section leader, said each year Wyoming Game and Fish provides trout as part of a trade for walleye fingerlings. This year, Wyoming provided surplus brood stock.
A total of 800 rainbows with a combined weight of 2,100 pounds were stocked in Camels Hump Lake (Golden Valley County), Dickinson Dike (Stark County), North Woodhaven Pond (Cass County) and Mooreton Pond (Richland County).
Producers interested in submitting bids to enroll land in Conservation Reserve Program acres have from May 20 through June 14. Applications received during the CRP signup period will be ranked against others according to the Environmental Benefit Index.
A multi-year walleye tagging study that will eventually include thousands of fish was initiated on the Missouri River earlier this spring.
The study area is big, running from Garrison Dam in central North Dakota downstream to Lake Oahe Dam in South Dakota. Itâ€™s being conducted by biologists and researchers from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, North Dakota Game and Fish Department, and South Dakota State University.
This information is current as of noon, Tuesday, April 23, 2013.
Not too much has changed in the overall progress of the migration since the last
report. Some flocks of snow geese were seen in fields in southeastern North Dakota
during the weekend. We are still getting reports of good numbers of geese east and south
of Groton and in the Scatterwood Lake area southwest of Aberdeen. Large flocks were
reported in the Redfield area over the weekend, and in the Huron area, along highway 14.
Last evening, large flocks were seen between Ashton and Mellette, in northern Spink
District 6 â€“ Counties: Barnes, Dickey, Foster, Griggs, Logan, LaMoure, McIntosh, Stutsman and Wells
Date: April 17 â€“ 7 p.m.
Location: VFW Club, Valley City
Host: Barnes County Wildlife Club
Contact: Perry Kapaun, 490-1797
Advisory board member: Joel Christoferson, Litchville, 973-4981
Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to attend a North Dakota Game and Fish Department advisory board meeting in their area.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Departmentâ€™s annual bighorn sheep survey revealed a minimum of 297 bighorn sheep in western North Dakota. The 2012 count was second highest on record and 5 percent above last yearâ€™s survey.
In total, biologists counted 87 rams, 156 ewes and a record 54 lambs. Not included are approximately 30 bighorn sheep in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Big game biologist Brett Wiedmann said the northern badlands population was the highest on record, but the southern badlands herds declined slightly.
North Dakotaâ€™s 2013 bighorn sheep auction license sold for a record $75,000 at the March 23 Midwest Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation annual meeting in Bloomington, Minn. The previous high of $50,000 was set in 2007.
In addition, a 5 percent conservation fee for all auction licenses generated an additional $3,750 from the sale of North Dakotaâ€™s license.
North Dakotaâ€™s auction license allows the winning bidder the rare privilege of pursuing a North Dakota bighorn on a self-guided hunt.
North Dakotaâ€™s 2013 moose, elk and bighorn sheep proclamation is finalized and applications are available at the State Game and Fish Departmentâ€™s website. The deadline for applying is March 27.
A total of 111 moose licenses are available in 2013, 32 fewer than last year.
Randy Kreil, Game and Fish Department wildlife chief, said a downward population trend in the northeastern portion of the state is of great concern. â€śUnit M1C will remain closed,â€ť Kreil said, â€śand in addition, unit M4, which encompasses the Turtle Mountains, is also closed this year.â€ť