The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds anglers and others taking carp and other nongame fish that a license is required, and hook-and-line, archery equipment and spears are the only legal methods of take. Snagging nongame fish is illegal.
In addition, enforcement chief Robert Timian said anglers must properly dispose of the fish. “Leaving dead fish on the shoreline or in the water is considered a littering violation,” Timian said.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries biologists said despite colder-than-average winter temperatures, not many lakes experienced a fish kill.
Fisheries management section leader Scott Gangl said biologists investigated winterkills at 11 lakes so far this spring, with only a few considered significant enough to affect the quality of fishing this spring.
Lakes that appear to have suffered a significant kill include Leland Dam (McKenzie County), Island Lake (Rolette County) and the State Fair Pond (Ward County).
The State Game and Fish Department is lifting the Tuesday-Wednesday camping restriction on many wildlife management areas in the western and central part of the state for the week of Memorial Day, May 26-30.
This same waiver will allow camping on those WMAs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during all state-recognized holiday weeks throughout the year, including 4th of July week (June 30-July 4), and Labor Day (Sept. 1-5).
All other public use regulations for state wildlife management areas still apply.
Boaters are reminded to exercise patience and plan accordingly when heading to a lake or river this summer.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department receives a number of complaints every year about overly aggressive behavior at boat ramps. A few simple reminders will help ensure a fluent transition when launching and loading a boat.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program has openings for “Hike the Maah Daah Hey Trail” June 21-22.
This workshop is designed for women with previous hiking or backpacking skills, or who are in good physical condition. Participants will hike a 13-mile portion of the trail near the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Activity is strenuous due to rough terrain. The $30 fee includes group gear and transportation to and from the CCC Campground. Each participant must provide their own personal gear and meals.
The MacLean shooting range located 15 miles southeast of Bismarck will be closed this summer for reconstruction and expansion. A closed sign will be posted at the entrance.
Improvements will include a shotgun range, handgun range, and a 100- and 200-yard rifle range. Construction is scheduled for June, July and August, with the range slated to open late summer.
MacLean Bottoms is 2 miles south of ND Highway 1804.
Two alternate public ranges that are open are Schmidt Bottoms and Wilton Mine Wildlife Management Area.
Outdoor water recreationists are once again reminded to help prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic nuisance species in North Dakota.
State Game and Fish Department ANS Coordinator Fred Ryckman said there are more than 400 recreational fishing waters across the state, making it imperative for watercraft owners to obey regulations.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department announced today that the state's 2014 regular paddlefish snagging season will close at 10 p.m. Central Daylight Time, Sunday, May 18, to protect the population level of the fish. However, snaggers are reminded that Sunday is a snag-and-release only day.
North Dakota’s moose, elk and bighorn sheep lottery results are available online at the State Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov.
Applicants can find individual results by clicking “find lottery results/preference points” under the online services link.
Successful applicants will receive a letter the week of May 19, stating the license will be mailed after the successful applicant submits the correct license fee.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has set its summer schedule of conservation workshops for educators.
National Archery in the Schools – June 3-4, Bismarck. Workshop participants are provided the fundamentals to teach archery in grades 4-12, either indoors or outdoors, and will be able to implement an archery unit in the classroom, and as an after-school activity. A preregistration fee of $10 is required. Register by calling Jeff Long at 701-328-6322.
The State Game and Fish Department is urging boat owners who have yet to renew their registration for 2014, to use the agency’s online renewal system to speed up processing time.
Due to a high volume of registrations coming in as boat owners prepare for the new boating season, Game and Fish Department licensing manager Randy Meissner says the processing time currently is 10 to 14 days.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is reminding parents to capture their little angler’s first catch on a specially designed First Fish certificate.
First Fish has no qualifying weights or measurements. The only requirement is the successful landing of a North Dakota fish. Certificates are available to all who request them, and have ample room for all the important information, such as name, age, lake and a short fish story, plus a blank space for a photograph big enough to contain the smile of the happiest little angler.