Compiled by Brad Dokken
Manitoba offers Lake Winnipeg buyouts There was a welcome development for anglers who fish Lake Winnipeg this past week with the Manitoba government's announcement that it will offer voluntary buyouts for commercial netters and introduce new commercial and recreational fishing regulations in an effort to help assure sustainable fish populations on the big lake.
OHF grant helps DU expand habitat program After a successful pilot year, Ducks Unlimited in North Dakota is expanding its Cover Crop and Livestock Integration Project—CCLIP for short—from a few counties in southeast North Dakota to landowners in the 37 counties of the state's Prairie Pothole Region. The North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund recently funded the project by awarding DU and partners a $1.25 million grant.
Sakakawea walleye, 27, sets old-age record It's not the biggest walleye to come from Lake Sakakawea, but it's definitely the oldest. The oldest ever documented, at least. A 25.2-inch walleye sampled last July during an annual fisheries assessment on Lake Sakakawea was 27 years old, topping the reservoir's previous oldest walleye, a 24-year-old fish collected the previous year, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department reported on its Facebook page.
Wildlife Forever highlights success Through a growing coalition of Minnesota counties, soil and water conservation districts, lake associations, federal partners and private groups, Wildlife Forever raised over $715,000 in support of statewide, invasive species outreach programs in 2018. The newly released Minnesota Clean Drain Dry Annual Report details the statewide collaboration and consistent Clean Drain Dry outreach efforts reaching 52.5 million contacts.
From state record fish to chronic wasting disease, 2018 offered plenty of news in the world of hunting, fishing and the outdoors. Here are a few highlights from across the region. January Two North Dakota rams shot in November 2017 qualified for the Boone and Crockett record books based on their horn measurements. Dustin Seamands of Bismarck shot a ram that measured 177⅛ inches after the mandatory 60-day drying period, and Brian Ham of Alice, N.D., shot a ram that scored 176⅝ inches. Rams have to score at least 175 inches to qualify.
Darkhouse spearing sets record in N.D. The popularity of darkhouse spearfishing in North Dakota set a new record last winter for participation and number of pike speared, the Game and Fish Department said. According to statistics compiled by Game and Fish, 3,717 participants speared 28,138 pike last winter, besting the totals established during the 2015-16 season of 3,289 participants and 17,269 harvested pike. The average pike speared last winter weighed 7 pounds.
Developments in ice fishing are ever-changing, but at the end of the day, it's all about helping anglers be more comfortable and put more fish on the ice. The thrill of the catching never changes. That being said, there's no doubt anglers always like to accumulate new "stuff" in their quest to put more fish on the ice. And with this year's ice fishing season off to one of the earliest starts in recent memory, chances are some anglers got caught off guard. From shelters to jigs, here are 10 products of note going into this year's ice fishing season.
Manager outlines expanded hunting proposal at Glacial Ridge Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge in northwest Minnesota is one of 30 federal refuges set for expanded hunting opportunities this fall under a proposal Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced in late May. The expanded opportunities at Glacial Ridge, while not yet final, should be available this fall, pending approval from top U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials, refuge manager Gregg Knutsen says.
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