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    by Doug Leier As air temperatures warm up during a North Dakota spring, fishing usually heats up as well. And heading into this spring, most anglers will agree that fishing in North Dakota the past couple of years is as good as it's ever been. It could get even better this year. But even...
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    by Bob Jensen The 2014 thirteen-week run of Fishing the Midwest television concluded recently in most Midwest markets. There are still some markets where Fishing the Midwest will continue to run through the rest of the year, but in most of our markets, 2014 is over and we're starting to make...
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    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...
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    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 getting...
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    by Bob Jensen I was going through one of my ice-fishing lure containers the other day and said to myself "I'll be putting this stuff away before too long." It seems I talk to myself more and more lately. Anyway, too much of the time we get locked into ideas that some lures are made for...
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    by Bob Jensen Early in the open water fishing season, jigs are probably the Number One go-to bait for walleye anglers, and folks who fish for bass and panfish also use jigs early in the season. There's a reason for that: Jigs are, plain and simple, fish-catchers. In fact, many anglers, if...
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    by Doug Leier Just about this time last year, the North Dakota legislature was working through a bill that would raise fees for many of the state's hunting and fishing licenses. Eventually, Senate Bill 2231 passed the state senate overwhelmingly by a 39-6 vote, and the house followed suit...
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    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...
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    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...
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    by Bob Jensen Another open water fishing season is closing in. It's still a ways off, but it's getting closer every day. Maybe the most important thing you can do to enhance your fishing is to use fresh line. Fresh line will help you enjoy your fishing and catch more fish. Here's why. Line...
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    by Bob Jensen The days are getting longer, and, although you might not believe it, it's going to get warmer. History would indicate that it's going to get warmer. March is almost always warmer than February, even in years that include a Polar Vortex. Longer days and warmer temps this time...
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    by Bob Jensen This is the time of year when many of us start thinking about new equipment for open water fishing. A lot of anglers are visiting sporting goods stores to look at the options in fishing rods. It's good to go to a store that has a wide selection of rods so you can feel and shake...
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    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...
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    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 be...
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    by Bob Jensen It might not seem like it, but the late ice season is not that far off. With Polar Vortex's and such displaying their power, warmer weather seems like a long way off. However, as the days continue to get longer and the sun moves farther north, we can be assured that the fish...
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    by Bob Jensen In many areas where anglers fish through the ice this time of year, we are at about the midway part of the season. Most lakes have a good cover of ice as well as some snow. We also have cold weather, lots of it. There are a number of things we can do to catch more fish through...
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    by Doug Leier Looking ahead to 2014, 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...
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    by Doug Leier For years, North Dakota Game and Fish Department biologists have stressed the importance of habitat in maintaining healthy wildlife populations in the long term. At the recent round of Game and Fish advisory board meetings, that topic got a lot of emphasis, and brought to light...
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    by Bob Jensen The middle part of the ice-fishing season will soon be here. There are things we do in the middle of the season that we don't do earlier in the year. For more fishing success in the next few weeks, keep these ideas in mind. I was fishing for perch through the ice last year in...
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    by Doug Leier I'm pretty certain my wife and kids tire of my stories from "back in the day" or "how things used to be." More often than not, it's a discussion about how technology and electronic advances keep people from getting outside, or the capability to visit with new "friends" while...
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