Low Water Levels May Present Challenges to Spawning Fish, Some Egg Collection Efforts

 

March 15, 2021

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Northern pike are the gamefish species affected most by low water levels in spring. Without flowing creeks and flooded vegetation to run up and spawn in, natural reproduction is likely low in drier seasons such as the one setting up across the region.

With spring seemingly on fast forward and any precipitation or runoff on pause, concerns for a successful spawning effort are growing on many of North Dakota's lakes and rivers where the natural phenomenon occurs and helps sustain populations of popular species like pike, perch, and walleyes. However, the state's stocking program is likely on track for a successful egg collection season with ba...



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