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    BLEEDING FISH - HOW TO MAKE ANY FISH TASTE BETTER

    by Joel Nelson



    Over the years, I’ve been shown by other anglers a number of ways to make fish taste better. Nearly all of them involve drawing blood from the fish by washing, salt, or general care of the catch before ever getting to the filleting stage. It’s a fascinating ...
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    Record Lakes Stocked with Walleye Fingerlings



    North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel are finishing stocking a record 180 lakes across the state with nearly 12 million walleye fingerlings.
    Fisheries production and development supervisor Jerry Weigel said the number of lakes bested the previous high by nearly 30 waters.
    “There
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    Mid and Late Summer Crankbaits

    by M. Hammeren



    The 4th of July is now behind us, summer is heating up and the fishing on Sakakawea is going strong. In my last few trips to the lake I have noticed water temps over 70 degrees on the main lake and approaching 75 in the bays. The lake is in a very interesting transition at the moment. The last few weeks have proceeded
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    Big Prop Crankbait Tactics

    by Jason Mitchell

    In past articles, we have shared some effective trolling tactics that incorporate the use of a bow mount trolling motor. Particularly early in the year, creeping along with a bow mount trolling motor to pull crankbaits is simply deadly particularly in shallow water or when slow speeds ...
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    Anglers Should Keep Fish Caught in Deep Water



    North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel encourage anglers to keep fish caught from depths of more than 25 feet, rather than practice catch-and-release.


    Scott Gangl, Game and Fish fisheries management section leader, said while catch-and-release ...
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    What's Going On With Walleyes?

    by Scott Mackenthun

    Habitat changes across some of the Midwest's finest walleye waters have negatively affected populations of the iconic species. What can anglers do to help?

    Habitat shifts in Midwestern lakes show a trend of declining walleye abundance and increasing bass and sunfish abundance, according to several published studies. (Shutterstock ...
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    Fishing for Walleyes

    by Doug Stange


    For thousands of years before these times, men and women hunted, fished, and gathered. These ancestors lived this way as a matter of survival, though even paintings on cave walls show that they celebrated and surely enjoyed their encounters.


    Times have ...
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    Make it Snappy for Walleyes

    by Jeff Knapp

    When walleyes turn off to live bait offerings, switch to an aggressive snap jig presentation to trigger a reaction bite.

    When the live bait bite goes south, turning to an alternate presentation or technique, like snap jigging, can often turn the fish back on. (Photo by Jeff Knapp)

    To be a successful walleye angler, you must master a wide array of presentation ...
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    The Skinny on Shallow Walleyes

    Matt Straw



    Ring-worm-style soft plastics paired with an appropriately sized jighead produce walleyes all summer long. (Photo by Matt Straw)

    We pulled up on the base of a reef complex that stretches way out into Rainy Lake on the Minnesota side. Rocks were visible a few feet under the surface at the high points, but bottom was invisible through the stained water around the edges where depths reached 6 to 8 feet.

    Pitching soft plastics on light jigs to the darker edges and troughs, we caught ...
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    Fishing for Free June 6-7



    North Dakota residents who want to give fishing a try are reminded they can fish for free June 6-7.
    That is the state’s free fishing weekend, when all residents age 16 and older ...
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    Bottom Bouncer Basics for Walleye

    By Jason Mitchell

    In both North and South Dakota, bottom bouncer rigs have been catching walleye on the Missouri River reservoirs for an awfully long time. The popularity of bottom bouncers however has expanded far and wide. Come mid-summer, bottom bouncers are probably my go to presentation to catch walleyes day ...
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    Walleye Tagging Studies



    The North Dakota Game and Fish Department continues to conduct walleye tagging studies across the state.
    At Lake Sakakawea, the state’s largest fishery, Department fisheries biologists are in the second year of a four-year ...
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    Rig Mods & More for Spring Walleyes

    by Steve Ryan



    As soon as rivers clear of ice, walleyes are ready to greet the first crop of diehard anglers. With a long winter to ready gear, reels are spooled with new line and tackle boxes restocked with all standard jig sizes and colors. Just add a minnow and anticipation runs high for that first solid thump at the end of the line.

    This spring ritual repeats itself year after year on productive walleye rivers across the country. What also ...
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    Fishing Tournament Permit Update




    The North Dakota Game and Fish Department does not intend to revoke any fishing tournament permits for the remainder of this year, unless the coronavirus pandemic warrants such a decision.


    Fisheries ...
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    When Crazy Crankbait Colors Shine for Walleyes

    by Cory Schmidt

    There was a time when friends and I went cuckoo for crankbait colors. Each time a new Shad Rap, Hot ‘N Tot or ThunderStick color appeared on the pegs, we couldn’t help ourselves. Fish took cracks at most of these patterns, even the wildly colored, obnoxious ones. I suspect much of the lures’ appeal stemmed from their proven, dead-on shape, action, and vibration. But other factors being equal, color can become the trump card, often the best way to separate yourself from the pack.

    Scott Stecher, owner of Reef Runner Fishing Lures, knows the quirky, persnickety nature of the ...
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    Slip Bobber Walleyes

    By Jason Mitchell

    On so many natural lakes, slip bobbers are deadly on walleye. Particularly early in the season. Cold fronts, crashing water temps and dirty water accompanied by strong winds might absolutely wreck many bites but slip bobbers still seem to catch fish during the tough conditions. Tough to beat a lively leech squirming in place ...
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    Big-River Spring Walleye Hotspots

    by M.D. Johnson

    These large Midwestern rivers offer fantastic spring walleye action.

    Photo by M.D. Johnson
    Many river fisheries excel as walleyes participate in their annual spring spawning tradition. Below, let's look at three great river destinations to get in on the action.

    MAUMEE RIVER – MAUMEE, OHIO

    When the talk turns to rivers and spring walleyes, it’s hard to leave Ohio's Maumee out of the discussion. Located in the northwest corner of The Buckeye State, the ...
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    Online Hunter Education Certification Available




    The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is offering an online hunter education course for students who will turn at least age 12 on or before Dec. 31, 2020.


    Education supervisor Marty Egeland said with most in-person hunter education classes canceled this spring ...
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    Game and Fish Receives $12.8 Million for Conservation Programs




    The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has received $12.8 million in 2020 as its share of excise taxes paid by America's recreational shooters, hunters, anglers ...
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    For Guides And Others In The Fishing Industry, It’s Far From Business As Usual

    by BRAD DOKKEN

    GRAND FORKS — The COVID-19 pandemic has put life as we know it on hold with no real endpoint in sight.

    Still, the need for outdoor recreation and spending time outdoors probably has never been greater, as long as it’s done within the 6-foot minimum social distancing guideline recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to minimize the potential spread of the novel coronavirus that’s wreaking havoc with the world.
    Even if the risk begins to subside by summer, this will be a season the likes of which anglers and other outdoors enthusiasts have never experienced.

    With that in mind, we talked to some people in the fishing industry — guides, TV show hosts and product promoters among them — to get their perspectives on COVID-19 and the impact it’s having on their lives, both professionally and personally.

    Here’s what they had to say.

    Brad Durick with a catfish from the Red River near Drayton, N.D., in May 2015. Brad Dokken / Grand Forks Herald

    BRAD DURICK

    A 12-year Red River catfish guide and catfish tournament organizer, Brad Durick of Grand Forks says he’s in wait-and-see ...

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