Fishing Hall of Fame nominees sought
The North Dakota Fishing Hall of Fame, located in Garrison, is seeking nominations for potential Hall of Fame inductees. Anyone may nominate an individual or organization they believe has made a significant and lasting contribution to sport fishing in North Dakota. Nominees will be chosen based upon consideration of the nominee's ethics, leadership and commitment to improving sport fishing in North Dakota, unselfish contributions to the sport, scope of impact on fishing, and overall contribution to the sport or to fisheries management in North Dakota.
Nominations are due by June 1. Nomination forms may be found under the Hall of Fame tab on the Garrison website at (garrisonnd.com).
Taking live bait from James River nixed
Anglers and bait vendors should be aware of a regulation that prohibits taking of minnows or other aquatic bait from portions of Pipestem Creek and the James River.
Because record high flows in the James River in 2011 facilitated the movement of silver carp upstream into North Dakota, it is illegal to take live bait from all of Pipestem Creek below Pipestem Dam, and from the James River between the Jamestown Dam and the South Dakota border, including any tributaries up to the first vehicular bridge or crossing.
Walleye tagging study under way
A multi-year walleye tagging study that will eventually include thousands of fish was initiated on the Missouri River earlier this spring. The study area runs from Garrison Dam to Lake Oahe Dam in South Dakota. It's being conducted by biologists and researchers from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks; North Dakota Game and Fish Department; and South Dakota State University.
The study, which falls on the heels of the 2011 flood and a major decline in the forage base, is designed to assess walleye movements, mortality and what proportion of the walleye population is harvested annually by anglers.
"The goal is to tag 10,000 walleye in study area in the Dakotas per year," said Scott Gangl, Game and Fish Department fisheries management section leader. "Up to 4,000 of those fish will be tagged and released annually in the Missouri River and upper Lake Oahe in North Dakota."
The four-year study will target adult walleye, and each will be fitted with a metal jaw tag stamped with a unique number to identify the fish, and a phone number to report the tag.
"Anglers should treat tagged fish like any other fish they catch," Gangl said. "If they would normally harvest that fish, they should harvest it. If they would typically release it, they should release it. Anglers practicing catch-and-release can write the tag number down and report it, leaving the tag in the fish when released."
Anglers can report tags by calling the phone number found on tags. A small portion of the tags will offer a reward to anglers to encourage them to turn them in. These tags will be clearly marked "Reward."
Reward tags need to be turned in to Game and Fish offices in Riverdale and Bismarck, or to a Game, Fish and Parks office in South Dakota.
Red, Bois de Sioux anglers reminded
Anglers fishing from shore along the Red and Bois de Sioux rivers are reminded of a licensing requirement that went into effect last year. Anglers fishing from shore on the North Dakota side of the Red and Bois de Sioux rivers must have a valid North Dakota fishing license. Prior to 2012, either a North Dakota or Minnesota license was allowed.
However, anglers fishing from a boat can possess either a valid North Dakota or Minnesota fishing license.
Walleye restriction in some southeast lakes
Anglers fishing in southeastern North Dakota are reminded of a length requirement when fishing for walleye. The 2012-14 fishing proclamation includes a 14-inch minimum walleye length restriction on six lakes in southeastern North Dakota Alkali Lake, Buffalo Lake and Tosse Slough in Sargent County; and Lake Elsie, Lueck Lake and West Moran Lake in Richland County.