Fish Slower and Simpler… Sometimes

Fish Slower and Simpler… Sometimes

Different people go about their fishing in different ways.  Some anglers like to consider every reason why a fish was caught on a certain bait, was in a particular location at a particular time, and why that fish decided to bite just then.  That’s great.  Curious anglers catch lots of fish and often are the […]

Shorefishing is a Surefire Good Time

Shorefishing is a Surefire Good Time

Greg Power is the Fisheries Division Chief for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, so when he speaks of fish or fishing, I stop and listen. The other day I heard him state, “…Lake Sakakawea has more shoreline than the state of California….” I stopped and thought about that for a moment, and then […]

Summer Fishing Suggestions

Summer Fishing Suggestions

Across North America, we’re smack in the middle of summer.  Fishing can be good, or it can be tough.  If it’s tough though, it generally doesn’t need to be.  There are some things we can do to catch more fish right now.  Following are some of those things. Many of us have a tendency to […]

Fishing Accessories Galore at ICAST

July 17, 2015 by  
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Fishing Accessories Galore at ICAST

by Craig Ritchie From tackle boxes to high performance rain suits, tackle manufacturers have pulled out all the stops with an incredible range of new products unveiled this week at the ICAST fishing tackle trade show, held in Orlando, Florida. Plano exhibited a number of new tackle boxes, including a Women’s Series of soft-sided tackle […]

Next Generation Rods and Reels Unspooled at ICAST 2015

July 17, 2015 by  
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Next Generation Rods and Reels Unspooled at ICAST 2015

by Craig Ritchie One expects to see new technologies introduced at the world’s largest fishing tackle trade show, and manufacturers did not disappoint with numerous new rod and reel introductions at ICAST, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando from July 15 to 17, 2015. Leading the way from Abu Garcia are the […]

Should Fish Length Limits Be Introduced in North Dakota?

Should Fish Length Limits Be Introduced in North Dakota?

Throughout the last 20-plus years, since the drought-busting summer of 1993, many fishing waters in North Dakota have had fish populations that peaked, declined and then peaked even higher. Within that same time period, State Game and Fish Department biologists have had many discussions internally, and with concerned anglers, about whether some type of “length […]

Work the Weedline

July 6, 2015 by  
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Work the Weedline

It’s summer.  Lots of people are fishing, and lots of fish are just waiting to get caught.  In the summer months, there are so many ways to catch fish.  They can be deep, they can be shallow, they can be suspended or they can be relating to structure.  One very good way to catch a […]

Getting Outside for Some Summer Fishing

Getting Outside for Some Summer Fishing

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 […]

Spread Out for Fishing Success

June 15, 2015 by  
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Spread Out for Fishing Success

We’re into the summer bite! For most species of fish, the spawn is over and the predator fish have one thing on their mind:  Food!  Their only concern for the rest of the summer is eating.  If we want to catch more fish, we need to be where they’re eating, and then we need to […]

Catch More Fish All Summer Long

June 8, 2015 by  
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Catch More Fish All Summer Long

It’s starting to feel a lot like summer.  Fish behave differently in the different seasons, and if we want to catch fish in the different seasons, we need to vary our lure presentations and how we go about catching fish.  Following are some ideas for catching fish during the summer months. Perhaps the most important […]

Clear Line for Clear Water? Maybe Not

June 1, 2015 by  
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Clear Line for Clear Water? Maybe Not

The line that we put on our reels when we go fishing is a very important consideration.  Your line is the only connection between you and the fish.  If your line doesn’t do the job, you don’t land the fish.  But the line you choose, in the minds of many, will also play a role […]

News and Notes for ND Hunters and Anglers

News and Notes for ND Hunters and Anglers

By Doug Leier Every so often I catch myself with a few pieces of news and notes that might not generate a full column, but are worthy of passing along as reminders. Here’s what I’ve got for you this week. Tracking North Dakota Legislation For starters, with the 2015 North Dakota legislative session underway, tracking  […]

A Look Ahead to 2015

A Look Ahead to 2015

By Doug Leier Looking ahead to 2015, it’s hard not to get excited, or stay excited, about the excellent fishing prospects that lie ahead for North Dakota. None of us who are anglers today have ever lived through a time when the state has had more fishing waters than it does right now. Many of […]

A Look Back on 2014

A Look Back on 2014

By Doug Leier It’s that time of year again when a lot of us take a look back at the past 365 days. For me it’s an enjoyable exercise as I can sift through my weekly columns to see how the year unfolded from an outdoors perspective. And it’s nice to have that printed record […]

A Fishing Look Forward

December 30, 2014 by  
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A Fishing Look Forward

by Bob Jensen About this time in years past, I’ve done a look back:  Kind of a review of things pertaining to fishing that happened in the past fishing season.  This year, we’re going to take a look forward at the fishing seasons, open water and ice, to come.  Here we go! Ice-fishing got off […]

Respect Our Outdoors – Don’t Litter!

December 25, 2014 by  
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Respect Our Outdoors – Don’t Litter!

By Doug Leier Many of my outdoors destinations tend to attract higher use than a secluded badlands nook, a Turtle Mountains hideout or even a tucked away Missouri Coteau wetland. I spend plenty of time fishing at busy public access points, and hunting public land where sometimes there might be others who have the same […]

Consider Color for More Fish

December 16, 2014 by  
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Consider Color for More Fish

By Bob Jensen Whether you’re fishing in open water or through the ice, the color of your lure can affect how many fish you catch.  That is especially obvious when an angler is fishing through the ice and is watching a depth-finder.  You see everything that goes on directly below that hole.  If a fish […]

Fish Differently for Different Fish

December 8, 2014 by  
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Fish Differently for Different Fish

By Bob Jensen  An angler new to ice-fishing and I were having a conversation recently about the sport.  He had some questions, which I tried to answer.  When we got to the topic of various fish species and how they need to be approached differently, my new friend got a little suspicious.  He wanted to […]

The Kids Aren’t Having As Much Fun

November 10, 2014 by  
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The Kids Aren’t Having As Much Fun

by Bob Jensen Throughout the Midwest and probably other parts of North America, there are some lakes that have special fishing regulations. Not many lakes, but a few.  These special regulations greatly restrict the number of fish you can keep when you go fishing.  These lakes are few and far between, and they’re usually smaller […]

A Fishing Lesson

November 3, 2014 by  
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A Fishing Lesson

by Bob Jensen  I went fishing last week in eastern Wisconsin with smallmouth ace Mike Gottheardt.  The wind was blowing and it was chilly.  It felt more like hunting season, and for many outdoors-people it was.  We heard frequent gunshots.  A weather front was going through, and that can often create tough fishing.  But when […]

Thoughts on the 2014 Open Water Fishing Season

October 21, 2014 by  
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Thoughts on the 2014 Open Water Fishing Season

By Bob Jensen For many anglers, the 2014 open water fishing season is in the books.  While there is still plenty of open water fishing to do, many anglers are doing different things this time of year.  If you’re one of those anglers, you need to be sure you winterized your boat motor.  I run […]

A Smorgasbord of Fall Fishing

A Smorgasbord of Fall Fishing

By Bob Jensen My recent fishing trips have reminded me of how productive fall fishing can be, and they have also reminded me of how active so many species of fish are at this time of year.  In the spring, some fish get active early, shortly after ice-out, while others don’t start eating until the […]

Thinking About Fall Fishing

August 26, 2014 by  
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Thinking About Fall Fishing

By Bob Jensen For many people, Labor Day marks the end of summer or the beginning of fall, depending on how you look at it.  For some anglers, Labor Day marks the end of the fishing season; for other anglers, Labor Day is the beginning of the best time of the year to be fishing.  […]

A Mid-Summer Bass Trip

August 18, 2014 by  
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A Mid-Summer Bass Trip

by Bob Jensen  Last week, my nephew Sam and I took our annual bass trip to west central Minnesota.  We’ve been doing this for about ten years and have only missed one year.  Sam was in grade school when we started doing this; this week he heads off to college.  Time flies. In all those […]

Game & Fish Department Unveils New Mobile Mapping Apps

Game & Fish Department Unveils New Mobile Mapping Apps

By Doug Leier I’ve tried to really determine if my wandering outdoor excursions are a genetic characteristic or just learned behavior that I enjoy. Some of my favorite trips out hunting, fishing or just exploring are nothing more than coincidence or luck. Many times, we’ll set off without even a predetermined plan of north, south, […]

Planer Boards: Not Just for Walleyes

Planer Boards: Not Just for Walleyes

By Bob Jensen Planer boards have been a part of many a walleye anglers’ arsenal for a long time.  Salmon and trout anglers also employ boards frequently.  Planer boards do so many good things when a trolling presentation is called for.  They enable an angler to get lines and baits out away from the boat, […]

Fish for Fish That Want to Eat

Fish for Fish That Want to Eat

by Bob Jensen  When anglers go fishing, they want to catch a fish.  In fact, they want to catch lots of fish.  While you’re not always going to catch lots of fish, there are some things that anglers can do to increase their odds of getting bit.  Finding the biters is a big part of […]

Slot Limit Regulations – What Purpose Do They Serve?

Slot Limit Regulations – What Purpose Do They Serve?

by Doug Leier I’m no master angler, but I do understand how anglers will successfully use a technique, lure or presentation on one lake, and then try that same strategy on another body of water. In similar fashion, fisheries managers often hear from anglers who fish in other states who wonder why specific regulations are […]

Invasive Species Threatening Aquatic Habitats in North Dakota

Invasive Species Threatening Aquatic Habitats in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   You’ve made your list and are checking it twice; anticipation for fishing is growing faster than your lawn this spring. Current license – got it. Life jackets – check. Next stop, open-water fishing 2014. The only thing holding you back from a day on the water is Mother Nature, but that’s spring […]

Plastic Baits for More Fishing Success

April 29, 2014 by  
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Plastic Baits for More Fishing Success

by Bob Jensen Through the years, wherever and whenever anglers go fishing, live bait has always been the go-to bait when fishing gets tough. It’s still that way in many fishing situations—pure and simple: live minnows, nightcrawlers, leeches, crickets, crawdads, and whatever else catches fish. But plastic bait is taking the place of live bait […]

Paddlefish Snagging Season in North Dakota

Paddlefish Snagging Season in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   In my early years with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, I was a district game warden. Prior to assuming responsibility for a district, new wardens learn different required skills from experienced wardens at stations around the state. My primary training warden was Kurt Aufforth, who at the time was […]

Crankin’ Up More Fish

Crankin’ Up More Fish

by Bob Jensen   This morning there were two inches of new snow on the ground.  Winter doesn’t want to let go, but like it or not, winter is going away.  When it does, I’m going fishing.   And I’m going to be using a bait that many anglers don’t use early in the year.  I’m […]

Ice-Out Panfish

Ice-Out Panfish

by Bob Jensen   Most of the ponds and many of the small lakes across the Midwest are either free of ice or will be soon.  For those of us that are looking forward to getting back to open-water fishing, that means it’s time to get the panfish gear together.  In some places we fish […]

Get Ready for a New Fishing Season

Get Ready for a New Fishing Season

by Bob Jensen The ice-fishing season of 2014 is starting to wind down and the open water fishing season of 2014 is getting underway.  There is still plenty of ice in many of the ice-fishing locales across the Midwest, but those of us who like to ice-fish know that our time on the ice is […]

Spring Season Fishing and Hunting

Spring Season Fishing and Hunting

by Doug Leier   I’ve always enjoyed the arrival of spring. I’ve lived in a number of towns and areas in just about every corner of North Dakota, and whether it’s Williston, Bottineau, Bismarck or West Fargo, each has its own special draw. While all of us in the Midwest are fortunate to have four […]

New Fishing Guide Changes in North Dakota

New Fishing Guide Changes in North Dakota

  by Doug Leier North Dakota’s fishing regulations are different than any other set of regulations the State Game and Fish Department produces. While they all cover laws, limits and season lengths, the fishing regulations cover a two-year period, while the others are developed annually. Fortunately, for pretty much all of the regulations guides that […]

Three Ideas for Open Water Fishing Success

Three Ideas for Open Water Fishing Success

by Bob Jensen   It’s fifteen below zero outside, the wind is gusty, and the sidewalk needs to be shoveled.  What am I thinking about?  Open water fishing.  You know, that thing we do from a boat while wearing a tee-shirt and shorts and maybe sweating a little bit.  I am convinced that we will […]

Winter Fishing: Contour Maps & Fishing Waters Access

Winter Fishing: Contour Maps & Fishing Waters Access

by Doug Leier   Like a lot of people, I’m often guilty of following a routine. That’s particularly true when it comes to choosing fishing spots. Year after year I can fish the same lakes, recall past visits, and assess the current state – whether the water is up or down, or whether there are […]

Getting Hooked – Tips on How to Handle Hook Extractions

February 4, 2014 by  
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Getting Hooked – Tips on How to Handle Hook Extractions

by Bob Jensen   Fishing is a fun thing to do: That’s why so many people do it.  Did you know that that are more anglers than golfers and tennis players combined?  That’s a lot.  With that many people going fishing, every now and then something bad or unpleasant is going to happen.  It might […]

Pike and Perch Fishing in North Dakota

Pike and Perch Fishing in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   I’ve always enjoyed my own little internal debates, like would I rather have a 12-ounce hamburger steak for a little less price than an 8-ounce ribeye? And the same concept applies to the outdoors. Would you rather catch 15 decent perch, or three big pike during a few hours of ice […]

Fishing in 2014—Thirty-Five Years of Changes

Fishing in 2014—Thirty-Five Years of Changes

by Bob Jensen Recently I shared some memories of a couple of fishing trips with Al and Ron Lindner.  At that time I mentioned that I had been in the fishing business for thirty-five years.  In those thirty-five years a lot of changes have taken place in regards to the equipment we use.  Let’s take […]

Thirty-Five Years in the Fishing Game

Thirty-Five Years in the Fishing Game

by Bob Jensen   It’s at this time of year every year that I reflect on years passed:  I don’t mean to do this, I just can’t help it.  And, for the most part, my trips down Memory Lane are usually pretty pleasant.  As I tripped down Memory Lane from the comfort of my couch […]

Fishing 2013 – A Look Back

December 23, 2013 by  
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Fishing 2013 – A Look Back

by Bob Jensen As the 2014 fishing season gets closer, now is a good time to look back at the 2013 fishing season.  I get to travel quite a bit in my fishing and I always enjoy reliving those travels and fishing trips.  This past year was a busy one, and many of my trips […]

Wildlife Population in 2013 Review

Wildlife Population in 2013 Review

by Doug Leier My short-term memory is sharp enough to recall that the 2013 winter lasted a little too long for my liking, and unless April cross-country skiing or snowmobiling are a draw, I’d suggest ice anglers had plenty of time from last December through March to give way to spring. But in 2013, spring […]

New Sitka Waterfowl Gear : Turning Clothing into Gear

December 2, 2013 by  
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New Sitka Waterfowl Gear : Turning Clothing into Gear

Ideas for Dressing for Winter Fishing

November 29, 2013 by  
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Ideas for Dressing for Winter Fishing

by Bob Jensen Winter has definitely arrived in the Midwest. The Midwest provides lots of fishing opportunities throughout the winter months for both open water and ice anglers.  Many anglers like to go ice-fishing; many others enjoy fishing in the open water in rivers below dams.  Regardless of where you go fishing, you need to […]

Weather Pattern Effects on Fall Fish Reproduction in North Dakota

Weather Pattern Effects on Fall Fish Reproduction in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   The long winter and tardy spring of 2013 disrupted a lot of outdoor activities, including farm and construction work and baseball games and track meets. The weather also influenced North Dakota wildlife, particularly upland game birds, which experienced a relatively poor reproduction year that State Game and Fish Department biologists partly […]

Wildlife Surveys & Fall Flight Forecasting

Wildlife Surveys & Fall Flight Forecasting

By Doug Leier Hunters are not much different than sports fans when it comes to looking forward to upcoming seasons and learning about expert analysis and predictions. Fall flight forecasts for waterfowl and results from upland game brood surveys will pique the interest of hunters and wildlife managers alike. Along the way, from crow and […]

Zebra Mussel Problems

May 22, 2013 by  
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Zebra Mussel Problems

Potential for spreading invasive species like zebra mussels, Eurasian water milfoil or who knows what from one water body to the next.

FISHING SEASON REMINDERS

FISHING SEASON REMINDERS

Last of all: Do what you can to make this a safe and pleasant fishing season. Drive carefully and be patient at the boat ramp. If someone is having some trouble loading or unloading their boat, ask if you can help.

Introducing the SideWinder Planer Board

Introducing the SideWinder Planer Board

At first glace it looks like a kids toy or some sort of rocket ship but its design is an engineering marvel designed to take the headache out of planer board fishing.

ROD AND REEL IDEAS

April 14, 2013 by  
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ROD AND REEL IDEAS

It’s at this time of year that lots of anglers are in the market for a new rod and reel.

Changing Seasons

April 8, 2013 by  
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Changing Seasons

Since North Dakota does not have a fishing season opener, you can head out any time the weather and your schedule allow.

Extended Fly Tying Season

March 22, 2013 by  
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Extended Fly Tying Season

Here are three more fly patterns (focusing on pheasant feathers) to get you through until spring finally decides to show up

THINGS TO DO TO GET READY FOR FISHING

March 21, 2013 by  
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THINGS TO DO TO GET READY FOR FISHING

Before you make a cast, following are some things you should do

Tackle Top Ten

Tackle Top Ten

For whatever species I was pursuing, I would forsake all other jigs, rigs and plastics to have a supply of what follows in my tackle box

JUST GO FISHING

JUST GO FISHING

Fishing is different things to different people. If you’re one of those folks that wants to key in on a particular specie of fish or employ a certain technique, that’s great, you should do so.

FISHING QUESTIONS

March 10, 2013 by  
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FISHING QUESTIONS

Wherever you fish, and for whatever you fish, if you keep color, size, and where-to ideas in mind, you’ll catch more fish.

Springing Forward

Springing Forward

Whether it is late season ice fishing, early season open water, or a trip to warm waters somewhere else, I hope the spring is as eventful for you

A new Rod

February 20, 2013 by  
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A new Rod

When you’re looking for a new rod, you need to think of how you’ll be using it.

LOOKING AHEAD TO OPEN WATER

February 5, 2013 by  
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LOOKING AHEAD TO OPEN WATER

I’m looking forward to casting topwater baits to largemouth bass in shallow water. This style of fishing is visual and exciting

Fish also suffer winterkill

January 20, 2013 by  
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Fish also suffer winterkill

Winterkill is also a word used to describe a situation when water no longer contains enough dissolved oxygen for fish to survive. Without oxygen in the water, fish suffocate, just as they do when you take them out of water.

2013 Outdoor Calendar

November 26, 2012 by  
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2013 Outdoor Calendar

Calendars for Outdoor Fans – 2013 Outdoor Calendar Don’t miss your date with the great outdoors. If you want to catch a great calendar gift for an outdoor enthusiast, Ucahoot has the products and promotions for you. In addition to FREE shipping on orders of $25 or more, Ucahoot offers exceptional value for the highest […]

Fishing Lake Sturgeon – Rainy River

May 8, 2012 by  
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Fishing Lake Sturgeon – Rainy River

Fishing Lake Sturgeon “Well, that hookset didn’t go anywhere,” my brother said as I got about one-third into my sweeping movement against the creature that tapped on the end of my line near the bottom of the Rainy River in northern Minnesota.  With the rod in full arc, I began cranking down to meet my […]

Winter Weather Predictions

December 19, 2011 by  
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Winter Weather Predictions

By Nick Simonson “Guys, where are we,” this initial inquiry by Dominic Monaghan’s character, Charlie, summed up the question that I and ten million other viewers tried to figure out for six seasons on the TV show Lost. The J. J. Abrams sci-fi series focused on a group of plane crash survivors marooned on a […]

Recreational Fishing – Fish Transportation

December 8, 2011 by  
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Recreational Fishing – Fish Transportation

by Doug Leier In the early 1990s I was attending junior college in Bottineau, and enjoyed many trips to other parts of the state to visit friends and relatives. It was a great time to explore different corners of the state around Bismarck, Fargo and Napoleon, but a couple of observations during that time are […]

ND Flooding

August 31, 2011 by  
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ND Flooding

By Doug Leier You don’t have to live in Minot, Bismarck, Jamestown, Valley City or Devils Lake to have battled through drifts of snow and waves of floods through the past several months. Like many North Dakotans I’ve spent my share of time working in and through these floods since last spring, everything from sandbagging […]

Looking Ahead

January 11, 2011 by  
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Looking Ahead

By Doug Leier Looking ahead to 2011 in the outdoors world is kind of like assessing the preseason prospects of your favorite sports team. We kind of have an idea of what to expect, but unpredictable variables like major storms, timely rains or extended dry periods – or injuries in the case of sports – […]

The Extremes

November 1, 2010 by  
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The Extremes

Our Outdoors: To The Extreme By Nick Simonson I know it’s going to get colder. But I’m ready for it. At least I think I am. While manning my post on an extended family member’s farm atop a four-legged stand tucked into the woods along an open grass pasture bordered by a meandering creek, I […]

NDTrax 2010 Released

October 14, 2010 by  
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NDTrax 2010 Released

NDTRAX 2010 Released Kirsch’s Outdoor Products completed the fall release (v3.2) of NDTRAX 2010 in mid-August. “The feedback from the 2009 version and spring 2010 versions (v3.0) has been remarkable.” said Korey Kirschenmann, Owner of Kirsch’s Outdoor Products. “In the 2010 fall update, we were able to include both additional features as well as land […]

Fishing Grand Slam

September 7, 2010 by  
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Fishing Grand Slam

By Nick Simonson While growing up on the Sheyenne River, I’d make it a weekend effort to complete what I called the Sheyenne Slam. It wasn’t necessarily tough to do, despite the parameters of seven species in two days, considering that most of them were willing biters and after a few weeks on the water, […]

Freshwater Shrimp

August 4, 2010 by  
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Freshwater Shrimp

By Doug Leier As a child growing up in northwestern North Dakota, seafood was a special treat, to the point that even fish sticks were considered a pretty rare dinner at home.. Thirty-five years ago “fresh” North Dakota seafood came frozen in a box and was usually deep fried. One of my fondest memories of […]

Livewell Maintenance

July 20, 2010 by  
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Livewell Maintenance

By Doug Leier For the better part of 10 years I’ve written a weekly column, none of which have explored the topic of livewells. The recent discovery of a zebra mussel veliger in the Red River, however, is changing that. Livewells and veligers link together because veligers are the tiny larvae of zebra mussels. They […]

Fishing Memories

June 9, 2010 by  
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Fishing Memories

By Doug Leier Every so often as the kids and I set off on an unknown excursion, I’ll quip, “let’s go make some memories.” I understand full well that setting off intentionally to make a memory is part tongue-in-cheek, and the purpose of most outdoor outings for me is spending quality time with the family. […]

Drayton Catfish Tourney 2010

June 7, 2010 by  
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Drayton Catfish Tourney 2010

Drayton’s 10th annual Rod & Reel Rally Catfishing Tournament is coming up Saturday July 17, 2010 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Hastings Landing Recreation Area in Drayton, North Dakota. The Red River of the North’s only WHOPPER catfishing tournament promises to be the best yet with cash prizes to be paid for the […]

Fish Disease

May 21, 2010 by  
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Fish Disease

Throughout the year, North Dakota Game and Fish Department staff field an array of calls and questions on oddities in the fish and wildlife world. Just the deer season alone results in many calls about rank meat, abnormal growths or sick looking deer. As spring and summer fishing gets into full gear, inquiries turn to […]

Missouri Rivers on the Rise

April 30, 2010 by  
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Missouri Rivers on the Rise

For the first time in years, both of North Dakota’s Missouri River reservoirs are starting off the spring at normal pool elevation, which should mean good things for fishing in the future. In the case of Lake Sakakawea, that doesn’t necessarily mean better angling this year, though, as it takes a few years for fish […]

Wildlife Photo Periods

April 14, 2010 by  
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Wildlife Photo Periods

By Doug Leier In the name of positive thinking, I’ve always operated under the assumption that spring arrives with March and winter isn’t officially on the table until January. That makes for a short eight weeks of winter in my mind. However, when the first snow flies in October and shelterbelts are still packed with […]

Sculpins

February 15, 2010 by  
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Sculpins

For the Presidents’ Day weekend, I had planned out a solid day of fishing on a lake near my mother-in-law’s house where I knew the fish would bite all day. A couple hours at sunrise put me on some good-sized, fast-biting bluegills with the occasional crappie mixed in. The agenda was to meet up with […]

Life List Lunkers

January 20, 2010 by  
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Life List Lunkers

By Nick Simonson There are hundreds of days booked in my fishing logs and countless others banked in my memories. From watching a field of tip-up flags pop for northern pike on a chilly winter morning to a steamy July evening spent fishing an inexhaustible school of white bass, it is tough to keep track […]

Give New Memories a Chance

January 14, 2010 by  
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Give New Memories a Chance

By Doug Leier Most hunters and anglers remember their first deer, goose or big fish, but it’s the little things that happen in pursuit of game and fish that also help keep people interested in the long term. Think about it. I’d bet most readers would have a favorite story to share about getting stuck […]

I’m Thankful For the Outdoors

November 24, 2009 by  
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I’m Thankful For the Outdoors

Our Outdoors: I’m Thankful By Nick Simonson I’m thankful for Gunnar, And his powerful nose. As he sniffs out the pheasants, From harvested rows. I’m thankful for trap shoots, In June and July. That cut down on fall misses, So I don’t wonder why. I’m thankful for crappies, Dressed in black and green. And bluegill […]

Fish / Hunt Swap Stories & New Friends

March 23, 2009 by  
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Fish / Hunt Swap Stories & New Friends

By Chris Hustad   It’s 2:30 a.m. on a cold, April Saturday morning. I’m sucking down coffee to make up for the lack of sleep as I pull out of Fargo. We wandered almost 2 hours from home the night before scouting, only to turn around and do it again 6 hours later. But we […]

North Dakota Water Levels

February 21, 2009 by  
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North Dakota Water Levels

Baldhill Dam Cannonball River – Breien Devils Lake – Devils Lake Fort Peck- Garrison Dam Heart River – Mandan Jamestown Dam Knife River – Hazen Lake Darling – Foxholm Lake Oahe Lake Oahe — Lake Sakakawea Missouri River – Bismarck Missouri River – Washburn Missouri River – Schmidt Missouri River – Stanton North Dakota Statewide […]

Missouri River & Lake Oahe Boat Ramp Access Update

February 21, 2009 by  
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Missouri River & Lake Oahe Boat Ramp Access Update

Updated 5-18-04 Elevation 1581.2 Site Type Bottom Status Contact Langeliers Bay (main) 32′ wide concrete Unusable Alex Jahner 254-5491 Langeliers Bay (low-water) 14′ wide slide-in metal Unusable Alex Jahner 254-5491 State Line Area (low-water) 14′ wide slide-in metal Unusable State Line Resort 336-7765 Cattail Bay 15′ wide concrete/plank Unusable Ralph Gabrysh 255-0015 Fort Yates 30′ […]

Devils Lake – Lake Sakakawea Water Conditions

February 21, 2009 by  
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Devils Lake – Lake Sakakawea Water Conditions

By Doug Leier Like night and day. Comparing apples to oranges. Pick your cliché that refers to contrasting situations, and apply it to North Dakota’s two largest bodies of water, Lake Sakakawea and Devils Lake. Sakakawea, a reservoir on the Missouri River, is at its lowest water level since it first filled nearly 40 years […]

The Red River of the North

February 20, 2009 by  
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The Red River of the North

July 2005 – Fishery of the Month The Red River of the North is quietly one of the state’s best fisheries. It’s one of the country’s best location to target big catfish; and some would argue hold’s the next state record walleye. One thing if for sure though, there’s a lot of big fish in […]

The Future of Hunting & Fishing in North Dakota

February 15, 2009 by  
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The Future of Hunting & Fishing in North Dakota

By Doug Leier We will guarantee you a more successful pheasant hunt, and at the same time, help improve your fishing. All you have to do is read this column. I’d venture to say that introduction would generate more interest than if I simply described how to maintain healthy grasslands and protect clean water. However, […]

The First Cast Curse

February 11, 2009 by  
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The First Cast Curse

By PJ Maguire   The lake was calm last summer when I took one of my younger cousins, Shawn, out fishing after dinner. In mid-July the wind typically dies down in the evening, making it perfect for casting top-water lures for Largemouth bass. There was a time in my life when top-water was my favorite […]

Fishing Tackle Top Ten

February 11, 2009 by  
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Fishing Tackle Top Ten

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson Springtime means stocking the tackle box with jigs, spinners, twisters, spoons, crankbaits and more; usually more lures than I’ll ever need. However, if it came down to it, there is a handful of them I couldn’t go without. For whatever species I was pursuing, I would forsake all other jigs, rigs […]

Catch & Release Tools

February 11, 2009 by  
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Catch & Release Tools

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson Catch and release works. Whether it’s preserving a viable fishery in a forty-acre bass lake or letting a trophy-caliber muskie swim back into the cabbage after an exciting battle, the mantra of C&R resounds stronger than ever through sport fishing circles. For those looking to preserve big fish it is easier […]

The Heck with Tech

February 11, 2009 by  
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The Heck with Tech

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson     Some of the best days I can recall involve zipping up the Sheyenne River in an old canoe using paddle power until I reached my favorite feeder creek. With a jig and minnow, I felt for the subtle tap of a walleye or the vicious strike of a smallmouth. […]

Freshen Up Your Skills

Freshen Up Your Skills

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson     The season for big fish has come! The snow is rapidly melting, the ice is weakening, and the fish are preparing for the spawn. It is a picture perfect time for spring angling. If you plan to take some photos of your angling success this openwater season, here are […]

North Dakota Map

February 5, 2009 by  
Filed under Crappie Fishing, Ice Fishing, Walleye Fishing

North Dakota Map

Click on North Dakota Map for a larger image. North Dakota State Maps North Dakota Lake Contour Maps Extensive ND Game & Fish Map – NEW North Dakota State Wildlife Management Areas Map North Dakota PLOTS Map North Dakota Road Condition Reports North Dakota Road Construction Map North Dakota County Map Snow Line and Depth Maps MapQuest […]

THE SMALL LAKES: Good Fishing For Everyone

February 5, 2009 by  
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THE SMALL LAKES: Good Fishing For Everyone

By Bill Mitzel     For as long as I can remember, I’ve touted the joyous benefits of fishing the small lakes. They’re abundant, they’re easy to access, they’re productive and they have few limitations in terms of weather, crowding or lack of fish. Yet sometimes, when I look at the copious crowds fishing the […]

Shore Fishing

February 4, 2009 by  
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Shore Fishing

By Doug Leier As a youngster, I was part of a group of buddies who spent a lot of time fishing. We sometimes chuckled about the people with the biggest and the nicest boats and equipment probably who probably didn’t spend near as much time in and on the water as we did with, let’s […]

North Shore Steelhead Initiation

February 4, 2009 by  
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North Shore Steelhead Initiation

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson     Though the weather is an element that is always out of my control, I try not to let it dampen the spirits of a fishing trip; particularly when that trip is my first of the season and my first to a new place. Despite highs in the forties, rain […]

Managing Fish Habitat

February 4, 2009 by  
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Managing Fish Habitat

By Doug Leier We’re heading into that time of year when the majority of our outdoors thoughts turn toward fishing. The bulk of the snow geese are well beyond North Dakota. The excitement of the first couple of weekends for spring turkey are past, and those of us who applied for a bighorn sheep, moose […]

Life Jacket Lesson

February 4, 2009 by  
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Life Jacket Lesson

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson The weather is cold and hot this time of year, and the fishing can be the same way. Streaky, inconsistent and uneven until the first warm stretch of weather brings April into May. One thing that should not be inconsistent is the attitude of anglers toward boat safety at this time […]

Counting Coup

February 4, 2009 by  
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Counting Coup

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson The term “success” varies among sportsmen.  For some, success is three roosters tucked into a vest, or a limit of walleyes on the cleaning board.  For others, success is simply walking the fields or wetting a line.  Getting away from the everyday with the expectation of success is an easily accomplished […]

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