Herald Staff Reports
Sign up early for hunter ed. classes Anyone interested in taking a North Dakota hunter education course this year should register early, as most classes are held during the first few months of the calendar year, the Game and Fish Department said. To register for a hunter education course, students need to sign up on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department's website at gf.nd.gov. Many classes will be added over the next several weeks, and the rest will be added throughout the year as they are finalized.
Lake of the Woods
Lake of the Woods Fishing was good during the recent warm-up, but the impact of colder weather the next several days remains to be seen. Walleyes continue to spread out, and resorts and guides are making the push to deeper water, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports in its weekly update. "Dead stick" presentations, whether bobbers or other set line techniques, remain hot for saugers in most areas, but walleyes have preferred jigging, the report said. Spoons or lures with rattles always are a good bet in gold, glow and pink.
Game and Fish honors employees The North Dakota Game and Fish Department recently honored several employees with performance-based awards. Game and Fish Director Terry Steinwand presented the awards Dec. 7 at the department's annual staff meeting in Bismarck. Employees honored were:
Lake of the Woods Ice fishing continues to be very good, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports in its weekly update. The morning bite has been great for walleyes, the report said, and then saugers become more prevalent until later in the afternoon. Anglers continue to sort through numbers of smaller fish to find keepers. Ice conditions vary along the south shore, Lake of the Woods Tourism said, so anglers should go through a resort and stay on the marked ice roads, which are checked daily. Water clarity is good.
Northern pike anglers on Minnesota inland waters will face new regulations beginning with the general fishing opener Saturday, May 12. The new regulations technically take effect March 1, but fishing for pike isn't allowed on Minnesota inland waters until the May 12 opener. The regulations split the state into three zones to address the different characteristics of pike populations in Minnesota, the Department of Natural Resources said.
Lake of the Woods As of early this week, Four-Mile Bay had 9 inches to 11 inches of ice, and the lake north of Pine Island had 11 to 13 inches, Sportsman's Lodge said of the areas where the resort fishes and travels. Anglers venturing out on their own should check with local resorts and bait shops for the most up-to-date conditions.
New pike regs set for Minnesota anglers Northern pike anglers on Minnesota inland waters will face new regulations beginning with the general fishing opener Saturday, May 12. The new regulations technically take effect March 1, but fishing for pike isn't allowed on Minnesota inland waters until the May 12 opener. The regulations split the state into three zones to address the different characteristics of pike populations in Minnesota, the Department of Natural Resources said.
Officials at Red River High School confirmed the teenagers involved in a vehicle-pedestrian crash near the school Wednesday afternoon were students. The crash was in the 2200 block of 20th Avenue South at 3:08 p.m, just after school let out Wednesday. Grand Forks Police say a 16-year-old Grand Forks resident was walking in a crosswalk and slipped on ice. A 17-year-old driving a 1999 Land Rover Discovery attempted to stop, but was unable because of the icy road conditions.
Testing deer for chronic wasting disease will be a focus for Department of Natural Resources staff in several permit areas in north-central, central and southeast Minnesota when the firearms season opens Saturday, Nov. 4, officials say. "That's going to occupy a lot of our staff for the first few days of deer season," said John Williams, Northwest Region wildlife supervisor for the DNR in Bemidji. "Just about everybody in wildlife is going to be wearing that hat on the opener and the next couple of days (after that)."