Monday, February 6th, 2023
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High water leads to fine fishing in N.D.

Bismarck, N.D. (AP) – High water is leading to some fine fishing
in the Dakotas this spring.

Lake Oahe in North Dakota and South Dakota is at its highest
level in years, and anglers say the walleye fishing is the best
it’s been for a long while.

Scott Gangl with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department says
the walleyes in Lake Oahe and the entire Missouri River system are
in great shape _ and good size. In a sampling of walleyes taken
from the river this spring, 75 percent were 15 inches or
longer.

Along the Red River in eastern North Dakota, there’s talk of
someone possibly landing a catfish this year that will break the
state record of 33 pounds, 4 ounces. A 28.6-pounder already has
been caught.

High water like the river saw this spring enables catfish to
cross barriers such as the Drayton Dam and the St. Andrews Lock and
Dam in Lockport, Manitoba _ traditional haunts for big channel
cats.

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