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South Florida tops angler destinations

A national survey asking anglers to pick their top fishing destinations put south Florida at the top of the list. According to the survey by pollster, 43 percent of anglers surveyed cited South Florida as their top dream fishing trip destination.

That was followed by Costa Rica, 18 percent; Mexico, 12 percent; the Bahamas, slightly more than 12 percent; and Panama, 5 percent.

Nearly 12 percent of survey respondents said they had no preference, while 11 percent said they wouldn’t choose any of those destinations.

Making the write-in list were Minnesota, Texas, California, Alaska, Alabama and a handful of others.

South Florida earned its top ranking by virtue of its reputation for not only superb fishing, but ease and cost of getting there and angler impressions of feeling more secure than they would at Mexican or Central American destinations.

Did you know?

  • North Dakota’s darkhouse spearfishing season closes Saturday.
  • Saturday also is the deadline for anglers to remove permanent fish houses from North Dakota waters. Shelters may be used after that if they are removed daily.
  • Permanent fish houses in the northern third of Minnesota must be off the ice by 11:59 p.m. March 17. Houses in the southern two-thirds of the state had to be off the ice last Monday. Permanent houses on Lake of the Woods and other Minnesota-Canada border waters can remain on the ice through March 31.
  • Ascholarship for resident undergraduate students in North Dakota majoring in wildlife management or fisheries biology is available through the Ronald D. Liudahl Endowment. The annual scholarship was established by the Liudahl family and the Dakota Anglers, and the application deadline is April 1. Info:
  • DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr will appoint Erika Rivers as director of the agency’s Parks and Trails Division when director Courtland Nelson retires in April. Rivers, 41, currently is an assistant commissioner and oversees three divisions: Parks and Trails, Fish and Wildlife, and Enforcement.