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  • Dakota Recreation Report: August 7, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Aug 7, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *N.D. Dept. of Environmental Quality blue-green algae reports: Low toxin levels – Black Tiger Bay (Devils Lake), Benson Co.; Clausen Springs, Barnes Co.; Crystal Springs, Kidder and Stutsman counties; East Stump Lake, Nelson Co.; Heckers Lake, Sheridan Co.; Horsehead Lake, Kidder Co.; Lake Josephine, Kidder Co.; Moon Lake, Barnes Co.; Pipestem Reservoir, Stutsman Co.; Reule Lake, Stutsman Co.; South Hoffer Lake, Sheridan Co.; Spiritwood Lake, Stutsman Co. Advisory – Alkali Lak...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: July 31, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Jul 31, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *N.D. Dept. of Environmental Quality blue-green algae reports: Low toxin levels – Black Tiger Bay (Devils Lake), Benson Co.; Clausen Springs, Barnes Co.; Crystal Springs, Kidder & Stutsman counties; East Stump Lake, Nelson Co.; Heckers Lake, Sheridan Co.; Horsehead Lake, Kidder Co.; Lake Josephine, Kidder Co.; Moon Lake, Barnes Co.; Pipestem Reservoir, Stutsman Co.; Reule Lake, Stutsman Co.; South Hoffer Lake, Sheridan Co.; Spiritwood Lake, Stutsman Co. Advisory – Alkali Lak...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: July 24, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Jul 24, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *N.D. Dept. of Environmental Quality blue-green algae reports: Low toxin levels – Black Tiger Bay (Devils Lake), Benson Co.; Clausen Springs, Barnes Co.; Crystal Springs, Kidder & Stutsman counties; East Stump Lake, Nelson Co.; Heckers Lake, Sheridan Co.; Horsehead Lake, Kidder Co.; Jamestown Reservoir, Stutsman Co.; Lake Josephine, Kidder Co.; Moon Lake, Barnes Co.; Pipestem Reservoir, Stutsman Co.; Reule Lake, Stutsman Co. Advisory – Alkali Lake, Stutsman Co.; Harvey Dam, Wel...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: July 17, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Jul 17, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *N.D. Dept. of Environmental Quality blue-green algae reports: Low toxin levels – Black Tiger Bay (Devils Lake), Benson Co.; Clausen Springs, Barnes Co.; Crystal Springs, Kidder and Stutsman counties; East Stump Lake, Nelson Co.; Heckers Lake, Sheridan Co.; Horsehead Lake, Kidder Co.; Jamestown Reservoir, Stutsman Co.; Lake Josephine, Kidder Co.; Moon Lake, Barnes Co.; Pipestem Reservoir, Stutsman Co.; Reule Lake, Stutsman Co. Advisory – Alkali Lake, Stutsman Co.; Harvey Dam, Well...

  • North Dakota Game & Fish Department News

    Jul 17, 2023

    Say yes to clean, drain, dry While the effort to stop the introduction and transportation of aquatic nuisance species in North Dakota has been mostly successful, challenges remain as not all anglers, pleasure boaters and other water enthusiasts are abiding by the clean, drain, dry message. For example, last week department game wardens and other department staff inspected over 1,200 watercrafts throughout the state. Unfortunately, these inspections found four watercraft that were transporting zebra mussels. Luckily, in all four incidences, the...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: July 10, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Jul 10, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *N.D. Dept. of Environmental Quality blue-green algae reports: Low toxin levels – Black Tiger Bay (Devils Lake), Benson Co.; Clausen Springs, Barnes Co.; Crystal Springs, Kidder and Stutsman counties; East Stump Lake, Nelson Co.; Heckers Lake, Sheridan Co.; Horsehead Lake, Kidder Co.; Lake Josephine, Kidder Co.; Moon Lake, Barnes Co.; Pipestem Reservoir. Advisory – Alkali Lake, Stutsman Co.; Harvey Dam, Wells Co. Go to the agency website, (deq.nd.gov) for more information and saf...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: July 3, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Jul 3, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *N.D. Dept. of Environmental Quality blue-green algae reports: Low toxin levels – Black Tiger Bay (Devils Lake), Benson Co.; East Stump Lake, Nelson Co.; Horsehead Lake, Kidder Co. Go to the agency website, (deq.nd.gov) for more information and safety precautions. Tournaments: *July 8: Lake Sakakawea, Van Hook Arm, Devils Lake, Lakewood Park. *July 9: Devils Lake, Woodland Resort. *July 12: Red River, North Forks Landing. *July 15: Devils Lake, Hay Bale Heights Ramp. Fishing: *...

  • NDG&F to participate in Operation Dry Water

    Jul 3, 2023

    The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will participate in Operation Dry Water as part of a nationally-coordinated effort to increase knowledge about the dangers of boating under the influence. The goal is to reduce the number of accidents and deaths associated with alcohol and drug use on state waterways. ODW weekend, July 1-3, is the national weekend of heightened enforcement directed at boating under the influence laws and recreational boater outreach. While educating boaters about the hazards associated with boating while under the...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: June 28, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Jun 26, 2023

    Tournaments: *July 8: Devils Lake. Fishing: *Devils Lake elevation, June 20: 1,450.46 8 feet above mean sea level (MSL). *Stump Lake elevation: 1,450.38 MSL. *Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,836.47 MSL; 21,800 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases. *N.D. Game and Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: No new reports. *Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait Shop, Devils Lake: Try East Bay for nice-sized perch using jigs and minnows. Look for continued good walleye activity throughout much of the l...

  • North Dakota Game & Fish Department News: June 28, 2023

    Jun 26, 2023

    Nominal increase in breeding duck numbers The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s 76th annual spring breeding duck survey conducted in May showed an index of more than 3.4 million birds, up just 1.5% from last year. And like last year, the breeding duck index for 2023 was the 23rd highest on record and stands at 39% above the long-term (1948-2022) average, according to Mike Szymanski, migratory game bird supervisor. “As with all May waterfowl surveys, we are counting what remains of last year’s fall flight. After a modest production year...

  • North Dakota Game and Fish Department News: June 19, 2023

    Jun 19, 2023

    New legislation The North Dakota Game and Fish Department tracked 20 outdoors-related bills during the 2023 legislative session; 12 passed both chambers and signed into law. The following bills take effect Aug. 1, except Senate Bill 2297 carries an emergency clause, and House Bill 1538 begins the following licensing year, April 1, 2024. A complete list of bills is on the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov. HB 1014 – Provides an appropriation for defraying the expenses of the industrial commission and agencies under its control. This includes O...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: June 19, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Jun 19, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *June 24: Ducks Unlimited Fun Shoot, Capital City Sporting Clays, Bismarck, 1 p.m. *June 24 and 25: N.D. Geocache Association, Caching & Camping, Lake Sakakawea State Park, Pick City Tournaments: *June 23: Devils Lake, Grahams Island State Park; Red River, North Forks Landing. *June 24 and 25: Pipestem Reservoir, Parkhurst Landing. Fishing: *Devils Lake elevation, June 13: 1,450.64 feet above mean sea level (MSL). *Stump Lake elevation: 1,450.54 MSL. *Lake Sakakawea elevation:...

  • Our Outdoors: Weighty matters

    Nick Simonson|Jun 12, 2023

    I crossed the finish line inside the Fargodome a few weeks back at the start of the first nice day this non-winter season conveniently had offered up and checked the exercise app on my watch which was tracking my effort. It read 1:41:33 as I clicked the End button on the display. If correct, I bested my half marathon time by over four minutes. The next day I checked the official results on my phone and it displayed a time of 1:41:26 which worked out to a pace of 7 minutes, 45 seconds per mile;...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: June 12, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Jun 12, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *Registration available for June 20 Women’s Wing Shooting Clinic, Capital City Sporting Clays. Register at (pfqf.myeventscenter.com). *June 24: Ducks Unlimited Fun Shoot, Capital City Sporting Clays, Bismarck, 1 p.m. Tournaments: *June 14: Red River, North Forks Landing. *June 17: Devils Lake, Six-Mile Bay; Lake Sakakawea, Fort Stevenson State Park *June 23: Devils Lake, Grahams Island State Park; Red River, North Forks Landing. *June 24 & 25: Pipestem Reservoir, Parkhurst Landing...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: June 5, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Jun 5, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *June 7: Deer gun and muzzleloader applications due. *June 9-11: Jamestown Wings on Strings Kite Club Kite Fest, Meidinger Park, 10 a.m. daily. Tournaments: *June 10-11: Lake Ashtabula, Sibley Crossing. *June 10: Devils Lake, Spirit Lake Casino; Lake Audubon, cabin sites. *June 11: Devils Lake, Grahams Island State Park. *June 14: Red River, North Forks Landing. *June 17: Devils Lake, Six-Mile Bay; Lake Sakakawea, Fort Stevenson State Park. Fishing: *Devils Lake elevation, May...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: May 29, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|May 29, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *June 5: River Keepers Race the Red, Fargo, 6:30 p.m. Call (701) 255-2895 for details. *June 7: Deer gun and muzzleloader applications due. Tournaments: *June 2 and 3: Missouri River tailrace. *June 3: Devils Lake, East Bay; Lake Sakakawea, Sportsmen’s Centennial. *June 10 and 11: Lake Ashtabula, Sibley Crossing. *June 10: Devils Lake, Spirit Lake Casino; Lake Audubon, cabin sites. *June 11: Devils Lake, Grahams Island State Park. Fishing: *Devils Lake elevation, May 22: 1,450.7 f...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: May 22, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|May 22, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *Boat registrations now required for the new 3-year registration cycle. *May 28: Badlands Gravel Battle 100+ Bicycle Race, Medora. Call (701) 391-2717 for details. Tournaments: *May 24: Red River, North Forks Landing. *May 31: Red River, North Forks Landing. *June 2 and 3: Missouri River tailrace. *June 3: Devils Lake, East Bay; Lake Sakakawea, Sportsmen’s Centennial. Fishing: *Devils Lake elevation, May 16: 1,450.67 feet above mean sea level (MSL). *Stump Lake elevation: 1...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: May 15, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|May 15, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *Antler shed hunting prohibited on all U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service national wildlife refuges. *Boat registrations now required for the new 3-year registration cycle. *May 28: Badlands Gravel Battle 100+ Bicycle Race, Medora. Call (701) 391-2717 for details. Tournaments: *May 17: Red River, North Forks Landing. *May 20: Devils Lake, Creel Bay. *May 20 - 21: Lake Audubon, Totten Trail. *May 24: Red River, North Forks Landing. Fishing: *Devils Lake elevation, May 9: 1,450.44 feet...

  • N.D. Game & Fish News: May 15, 2023

    May 15, 2023

    Lehr wildlife club honored The North Dakota Game and Fish Department recognized the Lehr Wildlife Club with a certificate of appreciation for the difference the club has made at its local fisheries. “Over the years, the club has been active and cooperated with the Game and Fish Department on development and maintenance of a wide variety of public use facilities on area lakes and recreation areas,” said Wes Erdle, fisheries development project manager. “Activities include partnering with Game and Fish on boat ramps, courtesy docks, fishi...

  • N.D. Game & Fish News: May 1, 2023

    May 1, 2023

    Register for Game Warden exam Individuals interested in taking the exam to select candidates for a full-time temporary district game warden position must register by June 6. The test is at 10 a.m., June 9, at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department's main office in Bismarck. Applicants must register by submitting an online application through the North Dakota State Job Openings website. Applicants must be at least 21, have a bachelor’s degree at time of hire or an associate degree with either 2 years of law enforcement or wildlife e...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: May 1, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|May 1, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *Paddlefish tags now available online from the N.D. Game & Fish Dept., (gf.nd.gov). *May 1: Paddlefish snagging season opens. See Game & Fish Dept. website for specific regulations. Tournaments: *May 3: Red River, Old 26 Landing. *May 10: Red River, Old 26 Landing. Fishing: *Devils Lake elevation, April 25: 1,449.83 feet above mean sea level (MSL). *Stump Lake elevation: 1,449.82 MSL. *Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,828.41 MSL; 16,800 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam...

  • N.D. Game and Fish News

    Apr 24, 2023

    6 deer season summarized A total of 47,590 North Dakota deer hunters took approximately 25,093 deer during the 2022 deer gun hunting season, according to a post-season survey conducted by the state Game and Fish Department. Game and Fish made available 64,200 deer gun licenses last year. Overall hunter success was 53 percent, with each hunter spending an average of 4.4 days in the field. “The lower success was due, in part, to deteriorating weather conditions during the beginning of the season,” said Casey Anderson, wildlife chief for the...

  • Our Outdoors: April 24, 2023

    Nick Simonson|Apr 24, 2023

    Stocked trout springboard Spring brings with it a change in the air, and where rain begins to pour down to bring those May flowers out on the landscape and fill the banks of streams, ponds and lakes with a recharge of something other than snow, so too come other additions to those waters. Stocked trout are placed by state fish and wildlife agencies this time of year to add to the angling variety found throughout the upper Midwest, and while many rainbows, browns and other species of trout are...

  • Dakota Recreation Report: April 24, 2023

    Patricia Stockdill|Apr 24, 2023

    Outdoor notes: *Paddlefish tags now available online from the N.D. Game and Fish Dept., (gf.nd.gov). *New fishing licenses are now required. *April 24: N.D. Game and Fish Dept. public advisory meeting, Harvey City Hall, 7 p.m. *April 29: Red River Rocky Mtn. Elk Foundation banquet, Alerus Center, Grand Forks. *May 1: Paddlefish snagging season opens. See Game and Fish Dept. website for specific regulations. Fishing: *Devils Lake elevation, April 18: 1,449.61 feet above mean sea level (MSL). *Stu...

  • North Dakota Outdoors: The importance of pollinators

    Doug Leier|Apr 17, 2023

    I've always appreciated the complexities of nature, including the connection of individual fish and wildlife species to food, water, space and where they call home. If you hunt upland game, the importance of grassland habitat and pollinators is mutual to game and hunters. Much of the information the North Dakota Game and Fish Department provides on these wildlife/habitat connections relates to species that are hunted, fished and trapped, because hunters, anglers and trappers provide the bulk of...

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