How old are the Walleye in Lake Sakakawea? And what can we learn from knowing?

Have you wondered how old the fish are in Lake Sakakwea? Would you like to know why it matters? If so, Mike Anderson with North Dakota Game & Fish has you covered. The video below gives you a quick primer on how biologists determine fish age and how the knowledge helps us manage our fisheries.

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Study: Freshwater fish contain concerning levels of ‘forever chemical’

The currently named culprit is Scotchgard; it’s the commercial name for a stain-resistant chemical known as perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, or PFOS for short. It’s part of a larger group of chemicals called PFAS, and the problem is these chemicals persist in the environment for a long time. Scotchgard hasn’t been manufactured in the U.S. for

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A 17-pound walleye is swimming in Lake Sakakawea

Every spring Game and Fish wardens trap fish on Lake Sakakawea and harvest their eggs for the fish hatchery. This year, trapped in those nets was a behemoth walleye. Mike McFeely writes of the tale that’s documented with pictures.

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Zebra Mussels are Here, Boaters & Anglers Need to Be Vigilant to Stop the Spread

One of the many North Dakota hometowns I claim is LaMoure, in the southeastern part of the state. The James River runs by just off the western edge of town, and it was there, at a popular fishing spot called the James River Dam site, that some of the first Asian carp in the state

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North Dakota Lakes Enter Spring with Healthy Oxygen Levels

It doesn’t take a biology or chemistry degree to understand fish need water, and it’s no secret the expanded wet cycle since 1993 was the key ingredient in creating a modern version of the good old days in terms of fishing in North Dakota. But reduced snowpack and consequently less fresh spring run-off the last

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Fishing Regulations Set to Change April 1st

The early arrival of spring and ice out on lakes this year is providing some additional days for open-water fishing in North Dakota this year. Along with a new license that is needed starting April 1, a new two-year fishing proclamation also kicks in April 1, with a few noteworthy changes from the last two

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Game & Fish Observing Nature in Flux

Last week I covered some highlights from the 2015 outdoors scene with a look at pheasant and sharp-tailed grouse populations, plus record fishing license sales. While these were some of the many positive outdoor stories from the past year, there’s seldom a year of “perfect” conditions when most or all species are trending higher across

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Doug Leier: Looking Back on 2015, Forward to 2016

I’ve always enjoyed my final column of the year and first column of the next year, as a kind of closing one door and then looking ahead to what may or may not be coming for the next year.  This year, instead of one review and one preview, I’ll cover the past and future for

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Study: We’re Hunting, Fshing the Wrong-Sized Animals

Human predators are outliers in the natural scheme that typically sees the youngest and weakest animals fall to prey, and it seems the concept of harvesting the biggest and strongest of the pack, herd, or school is having an evolutionary effect on animal populations.

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Summer is the Season to Get Outside, Don’t Wait!

Each July I promise myself to fish more the rest of the summer. It’s usually because I’m wondering where the first month of summer went and I realize I haven’t gotten out as much as intended … thus far.  I do know I’ve never made it to fall freeze-up and said I’ve spent way too

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Walleye Stock & Walleye Lakes on the Rise in North Dakota

From prairie pothole to fishing hole, that’s goal of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s walleye seeding program. The young fish, more than 10 million of them, are on the move this week finding their way into more than a 140 lakes across the state.

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Game and Fish to Stock Record Number of Walleye Lakes

  — Official News Release, ND Game & Fish — North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel will stock a record number of walleye lakes in the coming weeks. Fisheries production and development supervisor Jerry Weigel said 130 waters are scheduled to receive a share of 9 million fingerlings. “We need every available pond

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N.D. Game and Fish Prepares for Paperless Licensing

The days of carrying a paper hunting or fishing license around with you will soon be over, and this is the last year licenses will be sold out of a store without creating a digital record.

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Souris River Longbeards Host Annual Fishing Tournament

Yesterday on Lake Darling, you would have found 50 two-man teams competing for fish — more so than they usually do. The annual Souris River Basin Longbeards held their annual tournament yesterday. Get the recap and results from KMOT.

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Fishing Season: Learn How to Handle Your Catch

How do you handle and release a fish so you don’t hurt it? Chances are you could use a refresher on techniques that ensure healthy, reproductive fisheries. Check out the tips from ND Game & Fish’s latest edition of Outdoors Online.

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Open Water Fishing Season is Upon Us!

My first open-water cast of the 2015 fishing season came before spring turkey season, and even before Easter. While the first fish of the year didn’t happen on the same trip, it was reason to smile. Just getting outdoors in early April without mud boots or winter jacket was enough to call it a successful

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