(North Dakota Game and Fish Department)It was likely just a matter of time before the North Dakota state walleye record fell. After all, bigger walleyes than the 15-pound, 13-ounce fish caught in 2018 by Neal Leier on the Missouri River near Fox Island in Bismarck had reportedly been caught since then. But those fish either weren’t verified or were disqualified…
After an investigation, it was concluded that the fish was foul-hooked, and therefore cannot be recognized as a state record.
(North Dakota Game and Fish)It’s not quite like shooting fish in a barrel. But fish numbers – walleyes, in this case – reportedly are swelling in North Dakota’s premier fishery. And, not far from Lake Sakakawea and the Missouri River, spearfishing is the thing. Or, at the very least, a thing. Combine the two, and winter fishing opportunities would appear…
Fisheries biologists have completed fall reproduction surveys, which evaluate natural reproduction, stocking success and forage abundance in many waters across the state. And, mostly, the news is good.
And also according to study, along the Missouri River, anglers spent more than $47.3 million on such things as lodging, food, fuel and liquor.
In 10 years of collecting broodstock, 1,633 pallid sturgeon have been sampled.
Last fall’s egg take was excellent, exceeding the goal of raising 400,000 salmon for stocking purposes.