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    North Dakota fisheries continue epic expansion

    by DOUG LEIER N.D. Game and Fish Department


    N.D. Fish and Game Department


    I’ve been typing and talking about the epic expansion of fisheries in North Dakota since the current wet cycle began in the early 1990s.

    Since this fortuitous natural phenomenon began 25 years ago, North Dakota ...
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    North Dakota Darkhouse Spearfishing Stats

    As anglers begin another winter of darkhouse spearfishing, now is a good time to look back on last winter’s record-breaking season.




    The 2017-18 North Dakota darkhouse spearfishing season set records for total participants and northern pike speared, according to statistics ...
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    Ice fishing panfish: Inline vs spinning reels

    By Brett McComas

    We’ve come a long way from those wooden jiggle sticks your grandpappy used to use in the darkhouse…handlining in panish next to a wood-burning stove. Nothing wrong with that [!] but if you’re looking to up your game, there’s a pile of new options for hardwater reels.

    So what’s best: Spinning or new-school ...
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    Tips for Titanium Tips

    by Matt Straw



    One of the most fascinating things about fishing is style. Style can be aggressive, subtle. Some anglers walk the fence, and some jump back-and-forth. In the gray areas between the extremes lay thousands of approaches to simply fishing vertically below a hole in the ice. One intriguing element is how conditions and other factors can ordain one style today and a different style tomorrow, while people fishing different styles side-by-side sometimes catch equal ...
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    Ever try ice fishing walleyes with plastics?

    by Brett McComas

    I know a lot of people have (finally) been playing ’round with plastics while ice fishing for panfish, but they can work just as good-er for walleyes….

    Walters typically come through in small ...
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    Fish House Regulations

    Winter anglers are reminded that any fish house left unoccupied on North Dakota waters must be made out of materials that will allow it to float.
    A popular question this time of year is if campers qualify ...
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    WHY FEMALE WALLEYE (AND OTHER GAMEFISH) GROW SO MUCH BIGGER THAN THE MALES.

    BIG FEMALES ARE CHAMPION SPAWNERS, BUT THE MALES MATTER, TOO

    by Gord Pyzer


    Buddy Jeff Matity sent me a photo the other day of his brother Jason with a gorgeous 29-inch walleye, that he caught last week while ice fishing on Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan. What made the catch even more remarkable, however, was the fact that the giant walleye ...
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    6 must-have jigging spoons for hardwater walleyes

    by Brett McComas

    No doubt there’s a pile of jigging spoons out there…’cuz they straight-up catch fish! You’ve probably already got your faves, so did any of ’em make this list of 6 tried-and-true options that have been putting walleyes topside for years?!

    I’m confident this lineup of jigging spoons could pluck walleyes through the ice on any lake, anywhere. Heeeere we go — straight off my ice rods and into this write-up ...
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    SONAR FOR ICE FISHING

    by BOB JENSEN



    About this time last year I had an interesting conversation with a friend that wanted to get more involved in ice-fishing. He is an accomplished open water angler: He has a nice boat that’s rigged with
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    North Dakota Spearfishing Season Has Evolved And Expanded

    by Doug Leier



    One of North Dakota’s most recent expansion in fishing opportunity is darkhouse spearfishing.

    At least, it seems like it’s recent, but in checking the record, it was back in 2001 when the North Dakota state legislature authorized, and the North Dakota Game ...
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    Why you should be ice fishing with fluorocarbon

    by Brett McComas


    Note: There’s no one specific line type that’s ideal for all situations, but fluorocarbon tries to come close. Here’s how it stacks up against the other lines and why you need to have a rod or two rigged up with it.

    HOW

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    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CUSTOM ICE RODS

    by Joel Nelson


    Featured - Croix Custom Ice by St. Croix Rods
    Photo Credit - Matt Addington Photography

    It’s usually easier to view changes to a sport like fishing looking backwards, rather than in the present or especially future. ...
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    Winter Fishing Regulations


    North Dakota anglers are encouraged to refer to the 2018-20 North Dakota Fishing Guide or the state Game and Fish Department’s website for winter fishing regulations.
    In addition, anglers can ...
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    Fargo Ice Fishing Show: Happenin’ Dec 7-9 at Scheels Arena.

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    TRICK FOR SOLO INSTALLING A “RUNNER KIT” ON YOUR PORTABLE SHACK.

    IMO the worst part about putting together a new flip-over (by yourself) is trying to add a runner kit (aka: hyfax, slides, tracking kit, etc) to the bottom of the sled….
    Of course worth it since they take the beating instead of your sled, and help it to track straight when towed behind a sled or wheeler…but it’s never fun installing ’em.

    Few things you can do to make it easier:

    1. Convince a fishin’ buddy — with pizza and beer — to come help. Works 60% of the time, every time.
    2. Put the runners on first [!!!] so you don’t need to work around other schtuff.
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    Ice fishing for crappies after dark (shallow weeds!)

    Nothing’s more frustrating than hearing about a good day-time bite while you’re stuck on the clock….
    Let’s face it: Work seeeeriously cuts into fishin’ time [crying emoji] but without it you couldn’t buy that basket-full of new baits…or pay the mortgage lol.

    What you might not know is some of the best hardwater crappie fishing ...
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    EARLY ICE IS NICE!

    by MIKE FRISCH



    The best time to catch winter walleyes is usually during the first few weeks after safe ice first forms as walleyes are often still feeding aggressively. Mid-winter, on the other hand, often means a tougher bite as the fish become more lethargic. Here are some suggestions for capitalizing on ...
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    Crappie Main Streamed

    By Jason Mitchell



    Crappie inhabit so many different environments and ecosystems. What has always made ice fishing so much fun for me is the simple fact that each body of water will have its own personality. And that my friends is fun to figure out. There are some fisheries where we ...
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    THE BEST ICE-FISHING ROAD TRIPS IN AMERICA

    Grab your buddies and head for the highway this winter to one of these D.I.Y-friendly hotspots for walleyes, lakers, bluegills, and pike

    BY
    MARK MODOSKI

    If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a few good friends who make up your core ice-fishingcrew. Thing is, you’re also probably hitting the same handful of lakes and ponds over and over. Your home game is dialed, no doubt, so maybe it’s time to take the team on the road. Planning a D.I.Y. getaway in the coldest months definitely comes with more logistics than a summer trip.

    While we can’t stop a snowstorm from making highway conditions dicey, we can ...

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