have you read? The 2017 March-April    North Dakota Outdoors magazine is available FREE online  right now here. Game and Fish Director Terry Steinwand leads off the issue with some insight on our  fisheries  division,  The Game and Fish Department's fisheries crew is top notch. While their numbers don't stack up to other larger agencies around the country, they make [...]

have you read?

The 2017 March-April    North Dakota Outdoors magazine is available FREE online  right now here.

Game and Fish Director Terry Steinwand leads off the issue with some insight on our  fisheries  division,  The Game and Fish Department's fisheries crew is top notch. While their numbers don't stack up to other larger agencies around the country, they make up for it with passion and work ethic, much like other North Dakotans.

I've been asked a few times what Department fisheries people do during winter when they aren't surveying lakes, or stocking fish. If they're not compiling and analyzing data collected during the open water season, they're out in what can be some nasty weather, collecting winter oxygen levels to inform anglers of potential winterkills and to develop plans to improve fisheries in coming years.

 

The full story is here:  Matters of Opinion.

You'll also want to be sure to check out a feature by fisheries division chief Greg Power called  Changes and Innovations in the Fish Underworld    

Fish and wildlife talk 50 years ago centered on such matters as winter impacts on wildlife, winterkill in state lakes, poaching, land use and the need for more fish hatcheries. Today, these themes haven't changed much and are still part of the fundamentals that dictate fish and wildlife populations on the prairie.

 

The 2017 Fishing Waters Report

North Dakota now has more than 420 fishing waters that have public access and some degree of management by state Game and Fish Department biologists.

What follows are driving directions and infrastructure information for these managed waters, plus additional fish population remarks for many of them.