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Today, fathead minnows, sticklebacks and creek chubs are the only legal live baitfish species that can be used in most North Dakota waters. (N.D. Game and Fish Department photo)

DOUG LEIER: Follow live bait rules to ensure good fishing

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In 1988 when I was a sophomore in high school, I was more than happy to catch a few perch, walleyes or northern pike — and sometimes, even bullheads.

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It seems I never had a problem finding the yellow-bellied, numerous-yet-undesirable fish, even when the number of fishing waters was half what it is now.

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