Hunting and Fishing Bills in North Dakota

May 13, 2015 by  

Hunting and Fishing Bills in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   The 2015 North Dakota legislative session recently wrapped up. While the number of bills related to hunting, fishing, trapping and outdoor recreation was down somewhat from previous years, it was still a busy session as the North Dakota Game and Fish Department tracked 23 outdoors-related bills, 12 of which were passed […]

Clear Lake Success

May 12, 2015 by  

Clear Lake Success

By Bob Jensen Too much of the time we hear about bodies of water or fish species that are experiencing problems, and it’s good that we learn about those problems because if we don’t know about them, we can’t fix them.  We’re often hearing about the water being too dirty or too clear, the fish […]

Fishing Season Travel Checklists

May 6, 2015 by  

Fishing Season Travel Checklists

by Doug Leier To the delight of many anglers, spring fishing this year got an early start, and few seasoned residents of North Dakota will ever lament a shorter winter. From the Red River and Devils Lake to the Yellowstone, there was no shortage of open water. And, with lower fuel and transportation costs than […]

Catch the Biters

May 5, 2015 by  

Catch the Biters

By Bob Jensen   As we enter a new open water fishing season, it’s good to get some thoughts together regarding changes in fishing techniques and fishing ideas.  Some of us consider ourselves to be “walleye fishermen”, some fit the bill as “bass fishermen”, others narrow it down even more and proclaim themselves to be […]

Paddlefish Snagging Season in North Dakota

April 29, 2015 by  

Paddlefish Snagging Season in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   One of my first work details after I became a game warden in 1996 was as part of a detail during the paddlefish snagging season. And since then I’ve watched them, weighed them, even tried the caviar, but I’ve never landed one of the prehistoric native fish that can weigh well […]

Spring Fishing Suggestions

April 27, 2015 by  

Spring Fishing Suggestions

By Bob Jensen   As the days get warmer and longer, more anglers are making it to the lake or river or pond in search of a fish that wants to get caught.  Fish, being the coldblooded creatures that they are, respond to our lure presentations differently depending on the season.  They like their lures […]

Spring Fishing Opportunities

April 22, 2015 by  

Spring Fishing Opportunities

by Doug Leier   My first open-water cast of the 2015 fishing season came before spring turkey season, and even before Easter. While the first fish of the year didn’t happen on the same trip, it was reason to smile. Just getting outdoors in early April without mud boots or winter jacket was enough to […]

Fishing Questions

April 20, 2015 by  

Fishing Questions

By Bob Jensen   I was at the Walleye Classic at the Cabela’s stores in Owatonna and Rogers Minnesota recently.  I presented a walleye seminar at each store and spent a good amount of time talking with anglers about walleye fishing and fishing in general.  I always enjoy participating in these events.  I try to […]

Whopping Crane Populations and Preservation

April 15, 2015 by  

Whopping Crane Populations and Preservation

by Doug Leier   The spring snow goose season opened in mid-February and honestly leading up to it the open winter and unseasonably warm weather had hunters and biologist alike thinking, “..this just might be the year birds are here before March…” As luck and meteorologists would have it a more typical weather cycle settled […]

Deer Hunting Numbers in North Dakota

April 8, 2015 by  

Deer Hunting Numbers in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   One of the primary benchmarks that North Dakota Game and Fish Department biologists use to assess deer populations and hunter satisfaction is the success rate by gun hunters. Over time, a success rate of around 70 percent means hunters are generally satisfied with deer numbers and hunting opportunities. Last year, the […]

Youth Wildlife Programs in North Dakota

April 1, 2015 by  

Youth Wildlife Programs in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   My interest in fishing and hunting began long before specific opportunities we’re designed to encourage young hunters and anglers. The 1980s didn’t have youth deer, waterfowl and pheasant seasons, or special turkey licenses, just to name just a few. I do remember that the local Jaycee’s sponsored some youth BB gun […]

Early Spring Walleyes in Rivers

April 1, 2015 by  

Early Spring Walleyes in Rivers

By Bob Jensen Across the Midwest, walleye anglers are getting into boats and waders and are chasing walleyes.  Jigging is perhaps the most popular way to catch walleyes this time of year.  Jigs are popular because they’re effective.  Following are some ideas for using jigs to catch walleyes in rivers right now. Most rivers throughout […]

Licensing and Certification for Spring Light Goose Season 2015

March 25, 2015 by  

Licensing and Certification for Spring Light Goose Season 2015

by Doug Leier Signs of spring honestly began weeks ago. For me, the first bald eagle pairs setting up their nests in February is proof that winter is losing its grip, and this year the turn of March brought unseasonably mild and record-breaking temperatures. The annual college basketball championship game and the first pitch of […]

Planning for Open Water Fishing

March 25, 2015 by  

Planning for Open Water Fishing

By Bob Jensen My ice-fishing is officially done until ice returns next fall.  Now it’s time to start thinking about open water fishing.  Every new year brings new things to add or consider adding to my fishing.  In the open water fishing season of 2015, I’ve got some new things that I will be trying, […]

Last Ice Fishing Trip For Now

March 17, 2015 by  

Last Ice Fishing Trip For Now

By Bob Jensen   I just returned from what will probably be my last ice-fishing trip until ice returns later this year.  We were on Lake Winnibigoshish in north central Minnesota.  I was fishing with my friend Craig Brown who, along with his wife Paige, own McArdle’s Resort on Winnie.  Craig spends a lot of […]

Game Warden Statistics for North Dakota

March 11, 2015 by  

Game Warden Statistics for North Dakota

by Doug Leier   Every year the North Dakota Game and Fish Department provides a report on the number of citations issued by state game wardens the previous year. The statistics for 2014, recently published in the February 2015 issue of North Dakota Outdoors magazine, carry some not-so-positive news: Game wardens cited a record number […]

An Ice Fishing Buffet

March 9, 2015 by  

An Ice Fishing Buffet

By Bob Jensen   I went ice-fishing last week and had a wonderful time on two levels.  First of all, we caught lots of fish, big and small, and of several different species. Secondly, it was encouraging and exciting to be on a lake that has become an outstanding fishery in the past few years.  […]

Licensing and Regulation Reminders for Spring Season

March 4, 2015 by  

Licensing and Regulation Reminders for Spring Season

by Doug Leier   A couple of decades ago March was typically sort of a down time for outdoor activity in North Dakota, but that’s no longer the case. With fishing season for game fish now open year-round instead of closing around the first weekend in March, plus the advent of the spring light goose […]

Time to Start Planning For Open Water Fishing

March 3, 2015 by  

Time to Start Planning For Open Water Fishing

By Bob Jensen   In some areas of the Midwest, open water fishing is still several weeks away.  In other areas of the Midwest, especially rivers, anglers are on the water chasing walleyes, sauger, panfish, and whatever else.  Regardless of where you live, now is a good time to consider the following ideas as to […]

Bald Eagle Sightings in North Dakota

February 27, 2015 by  

Bald Eagle Sightings in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   Last week driving near the Fargodome in north Fargo, I was scanning the road ahead and I spotted a bald eagle. Then another. Then another. One of my kids noticed it, but the others in the car didn’t seem too interested. We didn’t stop. I didn’t turn down the radio, point, […]

Last Ice Fishing Trip of the Year

February 24, 2015 by  

Last Ice Fishing Trip of the Year

By Bob Jensen   For some of us, the ice-fishing season of 2015 is history.  For others, there are still a few more days on the ice in our near future.  I’ve got trips scheduled through the middle of March, and if I get lucky, there will be a couple more trips after that.  If […]

Fishing Creel Surveys in North Dakota

February 18, 2015 by  

Fishing Creel Surveys in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   Most of my life I’ve been curious and inquisitive on how different factors influence what we do, where we go and how we spend our time and money outdoors. So I’ll be very interested in the results of an ice fishing survey the North Dakota Game and Fish Department is conducting […]

Watchable Wildlife Program Projects

February 12, 2015 by  

Watchable Wildlife Program Projects

by Doug Leier   When you stop and focus as you are driving or walking across North Dakota, you’ll realize the majority of wild animals don’t fall into the “game” or “hunted” category. And yet, the few species for which hunting or fishing is allowed attract the lion’s share of concerns from people who enjoy […]

Which Boat is Best For You?

February 9, 2015 by  

Which Boat is Best For You?

By Bob Jensen   It’s Boat Show and Sportshow season across North America.  It’s also the season when many anglers and boaters are looking for a different boat for the upcoming fishing and boating season.  There are lots of options available.  If you’re going to be looking for a new-to-you boat to go fishing in, […]

Wild Turkey Hunting Season 2015 Licenses

February 4, 2015 by  

Wild Turkey Hunting Season 2015 Licenses

by Doug Leier   Even with my North Dakota outdoors lineage, I’m guilty of sometimes losing sight of how fortunate we are to enjoy such a variety of opportunities. One of those is wild turkey hunting, both in spring and fall. Right now a lot of positive attention is directed at high duck, goose, walleye, […]

One-Over Limit and Spring Fishing in North Dakota

April 23, 2014 by  

One-Over Limit and Spring Fishing in North Dakota

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 […]

Twenty Years of Fishing the Midwest

April 21, 2014 by  

Twenty Years of Fishing the Midwest

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 new shows for 2015. […]

Paddlefish Snagging Season in North Dakota

April 16, 2014 by  

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

April 15, 2014 by  

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 […]

Recapping the Deer Management Meetings

April 9, 2014 by  

Recapping the Deer Management Meetings

by Doug Leier   Most of us would already assume that April is a busy month for fisheries biologists, as ice-out brings pike spawning, then walleye spawning and initiation of all the other management work that corresponds to open water. Perhaps not so well known is that April is also a busy month for big […]

Ice-Out Panfish

April 7, 2014 by  

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 […]

Watchable Wildlife in North Dakota

April 2, 2014 by  

Watchable Wildlife in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   Pheasants, ducks, geese, deer and other game animals get much of the wildlife press in North Dakota, but if publicity was based on numbers alone, the state’s “other” wildlife would capture the headlines more frequently. Biologists categorize more than 80 percent of North Dakota’s wildlife species as nongame, or those that […]

Get Ready for a New Fishing Season

April 1, 2014 by  

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

March 26, 2014 by  

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 […]

Try Different Stuff This Year

March 25, 2014 by  

Try Different Stuff This Year

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 […]

Spring Light Goose Season Regulations

March 19, 2014 by  

Spring Light Goose Season Regulations

by Doug Leier   In case you missed it at the time, when temperatures were sub-zero and the countryside was white, North Dakota’s spring light goose season opened Feb. 15 and continues through May 18. At the same time, while most people probably wouldn’t have anticipated the first sightings of light geese until later in […]

Jig Your Way to More Fish

March 18, 2014 by  

Jig Your Way to More Fish

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 they were […]

Hunting and Fishing License Fee Increases to take effect

March 12, 2014 by  

Hunting and Fishing License Fee Increases to take effect

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 with a vote of 77-15. […]

Be at the Right Level for More Fish

March 10, 2014 by  

Be at the Right Level for More Fish

by Bob Jensen When it comes to fishing success, in open water or through the ice, there are a few basic things you need to do.  Probably the most important thing is finding the fish.  You can’t catch ’em if you don’t find ’em. Once you’ve found the fish, you need to present a bait […]

New Fishing Guide Changes in North Dakota

March 5, 2014 by  

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

March 4, 2014 by  

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 […]

Hunt is on for Private Land Open to Sportsmen program

February 26, 2014 by  

Hunt is on for Private Land Open to Sportsmen program

by Doug Leier   Most North Dakota hunters probably aren’t thinking much about the Private Land Open to Sportsmen (PLOTS) program right now, but late winter is a busy time for the people who are responsible for the annual PLOTS guide printed in late August each year. As a little refresher, PLOTS is a North […]

Selecting a Line for Open Water Fishing

February 24, 2014 by  

Selecting a Line for Open Water Fishing

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 that […]

Mid-Winter Waterfowl Numbers

February 19, 2014 by  

Mid-Winter Waterfowl Numbers

by Doug Leier   One of the most interesting facets of being an outreach biologist is the variety of work involved. A few weeks back I assisted with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s mid-winter waterfowl survey, as I’ve done in the past, and which biologists across the nation do each year. While the […]

Late Season Ice Fishing

February 17, 2014 by  

Late Season Ice Fishing

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 of year mean […]

Deer Management Meetings in North Dakota

February 12, 2014 by  

Deer Management Meetings in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   For the last decade or so, North Dakota has had around 100,000 active deer hunters, plus or minus a few thousand in any given year. All of us should be interested in the upcoming series of deer management meetings the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has scheduled around the state […]

Rod Selections for Open Water Fishing

February 10, 2014 by  

Rod Selections for Open Water Fishing

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 […]

Winter Fishing: Contour Maps & Fishing Waters Access

February 5, 2014 by  

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 […]

Pike and Perch Fishing in North Dakota

January 29, 2014 by  

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 […]

Color Under the Ice

January 28, 2014 by  

Color Under the Ice

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 […]

Winter Wildlife Survival in North Dakota

January 22, 2014 by  

Winter Wildlife Survival in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   It’s that time of year again when lots of people start wondering about how North Dakota’s wildlife is surviving the winter. Not that wild animals don’t have struggles the rest of the year, too. Finding enough to eat, or not getting eaten, are daily challenges year-round, but mix in a countryside […]

Fishing in 2014—Thirty-Five Years of Changes

January 21, 2014 by  

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 […]

Coyote Catalog Seeks Landowner Participation

January 15, 2014 by  

Coyote Catalog Seeks Landowner Participation

by Doug Leier   For as often as I hear people lament the electronic age we live in, there’s always a flip side. While I’ll never spend more time looking at my phone than at a bobber, I’ll also never intentionally leave the phone at home either, because it provides nearly instant emergency access and […]

First Ice Fishing Trip of 2014

January 13, 2014 by  

First Ice Fishing Trip of 2014

by Bob Jensen The year 2014 started off with cold temperatures and reports of a hot perch bite on Big Stone Lake at Ortonville Minnesota, right on the Minnesota/South Dakota border.  Some friends and I planned a trip to Big Stone with an eye on the weather.  We decided that as soon as there was […]

Hunter Education and Certification in North Dakota

January 8, 2014 by  

Hunter Education and Certification in North Dakota

by Doug Leier Since pheasant, grouse and archery deer seasons just ended a couple of weeks ago, don’t blame hunters if they aren’t already planning for next fall. But if you have a child, friend or relative who will need a hunter education certificate in order to purchase a hunting license in 2014, now is […]

Mid-Season Ice Fishing Ideas

January 7, 2014 by  

Mid-Season Ice Fishing Ideas

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 […]

Thirty-Five Years in the Fishing Game

December 30, 2013 by  

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 & Hunting North Dakota in 2014

December 30, 2013 by  

Fishing & Hunting North Dakota in 2014

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 […]

Wildlife Population in 2013 Review

December 23, 2013 by  

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 […]

Mid-Season Ice Fishing

December 16, 2013 by  

Mid-Season Ice Fishing

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 […]

Weather Pattern Effects on Fall Fish Reproduction in North Dakota

November 20, 2013 by  

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 […]

Maverick 5501 Meat Grinder Review

April 28, 2011 by  

Maverick 5501 Meat Grinder Review

The Maverick 5501 Meat Grinder is a very nice unit that I picked up recently.  I’m relatively new to meat grinding with only limited experience in the past with hand grinders, but I picked it up rather quickly.  Here is some pro’s from this meat grinder review: It is fast.  I was able to grind […]

Nodak Outdoors LLP Merges with Total Outdoor Network

March 22, 2010 by  

Nodak Outdoors LLP Merges with Total Outdoor Network

Bismarck, ND – The Total Outdoor Network Inc. (TON), today announces a merger with Nodak Outdoors LLP and the Nodak Network. This merger will integrate both networks’ umbrella sites, including Fishingbuddy.com, NodakOutdoors,com, DuckHuntingChat.com, SDOInsider.com, as well as over 20 other outdoor related websites. This merger will make the Total Outdoor Network Inc. one of the […]