This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. This is the third of our annual fishing reports. District fisheries supervisors Fred Ryckman and Todd Caspers give overviews of the fishing prospects in the northwest fishing district and the Red River. Click here to Watch! For complete access to North Dakota fishing information visit the Game and Fish website's fishing portal right here!
North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries biologists are asking anglers for help in documenting lakes that may have experienced winter fish mortality.
Fisheries management section leader Scott Gangl said some winterkill is expected every year, with the severity depending on winter weather. With this yearâ€™s conditions, he doesnâ€™t anticipate major widespread fish kills.
Wildlife, shooting, fraternal and nonprofit civil organizations are urged to submit an application for the Encouraging Tomorrowâ€™s Hunters program, a State Game and Fish Department grant program developed to assist recruitment of the next generation of hunters and shooters.
The maximum grant allowed is $3,000. The program currently helps fund approximately 40 club and organizational events and projects, with an average grant of $1,550.
Year two of a four-year walleye tagging study on the Missouri River and Lake Oahe is complete, and returns are providing biologists with valuable information.
Paul Bailey, North Dakota Game and Fish Department south central district fisheries supervisor, said nearly 17,000 fish were tagged in 2013 and 2014, the first two years of the study, and more than 3,000 tag numbers were turned in by anglers.
â€śThe study is designed to assess walleye movements, mortality and what proportion of the walleye population is harvested annually by anglers,â€ť Bailey said.
North Dakotaâ€™s paddlefish snagging season opens 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.
Paddlefish tags are available over-the-counter-only in Bismarck at the North Dakota Game and Fish Departmentâ€™s main office; in Williston at the Williams County auditorâ€™s office, Scenic Sports and Wal-Mart; and in Dickinson at Runnings Farm and Fleet.
The 2015 spring turkey season in North Dakota is open from Saturday April 11 and continues through May 17. Full details on the season are right here!
â€‹or here http://gf.nd.gov/hunting/smallupland/turkey
This weekâ€™s North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Outdoors Online, is now online at http://gf.nd.gov. This is the second of our annual fishing reports. District fisheries supervisors Jeff Hendrickson and Jason Lee give overviews of the fishing prospects in the north central and southwest fishing districts.
The March-April issue of North Dakota Outdoors magazine is the special fishing issue. Itâ€™s highlighted by a statewide overview by Fisheries Division Chief Greg Power. A detailed look at last years stocking and this years fishing and boating access are also featured. Check these stories and more for free in the full March-April issue available right here: or here
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is once again celebrating Earth Day by sponsoring clean-up days on public-owned or managed lands.
With Earth Day recognized April 22, each member of a school, Girl Scout, Boy Scout, 4-H club or youth organization who participates in cleaning up public lands through May will receive a specifically designed conservation patch.
More than 600 waterfowl carcasses discovered at Nelson Lake in Oliver County in March are a result of avian cholera, a bacteria that is readily spread in areas where waterfowl congregate in large numbers.
Dr. Dan Grove, wildlife veterinarian for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said the initial inspection on March 10 revealed the presence of primarily mallards and Canada geese, already in varying states of decay. â€śBased on carcass decomposition, it looked like the onset was likely weeks earlier,â€ť Grove said.