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    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...
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    by Bob Jensen Ice-fishing and open water fishing are very similar in some ways and very different in others. The differences are obvious; the similarities are much more subtle. One of the things that open water fishing and ice-fishing have in common is the importance of the line you're...
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    by Bob Jensen During the course of a fishing season, I get to fish a lot of different lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. Some lakes go through changes, some good, some not so good. This past year I had the opportunity to fish several bodies of water that have changed some since the last time I...
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    by Doug Leier State Game and Fish Department biologists conduct a variety of studies every year. The familiar ones are those that provide counts or indexes that factor into season setting and limits, and also set hunter and angler expectations. Sometimes, it's fairly obvious why fish or game...
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    by Bob Jensen Fishing in the fall can be good. Really good. Really, really good. If you pay attention to detail, you can be even more successful at this time of year. As I think back on some of my fall fishing trips, I remember how we caught a lot more fish because we tweaked our...
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    by Bob Jensen Almost anyone who enjoys freshwater fishing enjoys catching crappies. Crappies are great on the table, they're abundant in many waters, they are very appealing visually, and best of all, when you get on them they can be willing biters. In the fall months, if you can find the...
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    by Bob Jensen There are many factors that will determine if you get a fish to bite and then get it in the boat or on shore. First you've got to find them, then you've got to put a bait in front of them, then you've got to get them to bite. Once a fish eats your bait, that's when the fun...
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    Doug Leier No matter the course in life, when we sit down and look at the details of the years it inevitably leads to some arguments on when and where an event took place, or if it even really actually happened. Anglers are famous for embellishing stories of the one that got away (after...
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    Doug Leier Even though fishing season is open year-round in North Dakota, judging by phone calls and emails the month of July sees a good share of fishing activity. Whether it's planning an annual fishing outing with friends and family, part of an anniversary or community celebration, or...
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    By Nick Simonson A couple of weeks ago, my brother Ben Simonson of Valley City, N.D. received a report via email from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regarding a Minnesota lake sturgeon he caught on our first trip to the Rainy River in May. The yellow tag marked #82,661 was...
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    By Doug Leier With all due respect to the big boys of North Dakota fishing - the Missouri River, Lake Oahe, Lake Sakakawea and Devils Lake - I've always smiled a bit bigger while landing a fish in the hundreds of "Mom and Pop" fisheries of our home state. Each angler knows how they need...
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    Doug Leier Even with gas prices hovering between three and four dollars a gallon, I see trucks towing boats moving across North Dakota on a regular basis. While at one time this flow of boats was heavily weighted toward vehicles from North Dakota heading primarily east, over the last decade or...
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    Lakes for Walleye Fishing - Expanding Fisheries in North Dakota by Doug Leier If you're into numbers, around 140,000 North Dakota residents were licensed to fish last year, and that doesn't include all those under age 16 who don't need a license. Put in that context, the angling community in...
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    Keep It Simple Keep It Fresh - Kids Fishing By Nick Simonson My Godson Gavin has an active imagination. We've been Power Rangers, battled aliens in the backyard, turned invisible by walking under the curtain of a willow tree, and told ghost stories while eating s'mores by the bonfire. There's...
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    By Nick Simonson The human body is about 70 percent water. The world is about 70 percent water. I don't think that's a coincidence. Our very core compound seems to draw us - especially those of us who are avid anglers - to water of all kinds. From coast to coast, and shore to shore we can...
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    by Doug Leier It's hard to believe when I glance at the calendar that it's May, and not June or maybe July. The early arrival of spring-like temperatures after a milder winter can do that. So while open water fishing has been viable since mid-March, between work, school and other...
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    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...
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    by Doug Leier "Best fishing times?" I'm the first to admit I'm not a professional angler. When it comes to tips and tactics on how to land a lunker walleye or fill a stringer in short order, I've got more questions than answers. At times, I casually refer to myself as the human cold front...
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    ND G&F Release: Paddlefish Snagging Season Opens May 1 North Dakota's paddlefish snagging season opens May 1 and is scheduled to continue through the end of the month. However, depending on the overall harvest, an early in-season closure may occur with a 36-hour notice issued by the state Game...
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    by Doug Leier Last fall, an angler caught a silver carp in North Dakota's portion of the James River near LaMoure. A couple of weeks later, North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries biologists caught another one in a net, nearly 50 miles farther upstream in the James, near the dam at...
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