Walleye released 25-inch minimum

  • 28 inches – Anya Jonas, Pine Haven, Wyo., Devils Lake.

  • 26 inches – Rich Thorpe, Prior Lake, Minn., Devils Lake.

Northern pike released 36-inch minimum

  • 42 inches – Ryan Bacon, Granville, N.D., Devils Lake.

Chinook salmon kept 12-pound minimum

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  • 12 pounds, 2 ounces – Luke Thompson, Grand Forks, Lake Sakakawea.

Report your Nice Fish catches to Brad Dokken at bdokken@gfherald.com, by phone at (701) 780-1148 or toll-free (800) 477-6572 ext. 1148, or mail to Brad Dokken, c/o The Grand Forks Herald, 375 Second Ave. N., Box 6008, Grand Forks ND 58206-6008. Please include the angler’s town of residence, where the fish was caught and whether it was kept or released.

Qualifying fish

The Herald’s Nice Fish entries follow the minimum size guidelines set by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department for its Whopper and Catch and Release Clubs. Minimum sizes for several popular species include:

  • Northern pike: 36 inches released; 20 pounds kept.

  • Walleye: 25 inches released; 8 pounds kept.

  • Channel catfish: 30 inches released; 12 pounds kept.

  • Perch: 13 inches released; 1 pound, 12 ounces kept.

  • White bass: 16 inches released; 3 pounds kept.

  • Bluegill: 10 inches released; 1 pound, 4 ounces kept.

  • Crappie: 13 inches released; 1 pound, 8 ounces kept.

  • Largemouth bass: 18 inches released; 5 pounds kept.

  • Smallmouth bass: 18 inches released; 3 pounds kept.

  • Tiger muskie: 40 inches released; 30 pounds kept.

  • Pure muskie: 40 inches released; 30 pounds kept.

A full listing of species and minimum size requirements is available on the Game and Fish website at gf.nd.gov/fishing/clubs.


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