Early Ice Fishing Reports Across The Region Are Spotty, But Better Days Are On The Horizon

You could almost watch the ice forming in real time the past few days with the drastic arrival of winter and the onset of cold temperatures. For ice fishing enthusiasts, the arctic blast came none too soon. Slowly but surely, ice fishing is getting underway on lakes across the region. Upper Red, as is typical, is…
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October Recap: Ruffed Grouse And Fishing

Is it just me, or did October fly by in a blur? Once again, the best month of the year passed much too quickly. As I do every year, I hosted several friends at the getaway in northern Minnesota the third week of October. Ruffed grouse were the primary target, but a few of us…
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Feds List The Zander As Injurious Fish Species

A fish species once stocked in North Dakota is among 10 nonnative freshwater fish and one nonnative freshwater crayfish species being listed as “injurious wildlife” under the Lacey Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday. In a final rule that will take effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, the Service…
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Playing With The Fish On Lake Of The Woods

The DNR’s area fisheries office in Baudette, Minn., is wrapping up its annual fall gillnetting survey on Lake of the Woods, and I recently spent a day tagging along with the crew as they pulled nets and worked up fish in an area near Warroad, Minn. We saw a lot of fish that day, though…
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North Dakota Pheasant Harvest Increases Slightly In 2015

North Dakota hunters last year shot nearly 590,000 roosters, up slightly from 587,000 in 2014, the Game and Fish Department announced today. Anecdotal reports suggest this year could be similar to last year, but that’s only speculation. Game and Fish is just wrapping up its summer brood-count surveys, which will offer a better indication of…
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