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Outdoors

Boat North Dakota course

North Dakota state law requires youth ages 12-15 who want to operate a boat or personal watercraft by themselves with at least a 10 horsepower motor must first pass the state’s boating basics course. Two commercial providers offer the course online, and links to those sites are found on the ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR 6-13

Today – CANCELED - New Town Chamber Classic Walleye Tourney, Van Hook, 629-0080. Today – CANCELED - Lake Region Anglers Derby, East Bay, Devils Lake, 351-0433. Sunday – AIM Walleye Series, Ft. Stevenson State Park, 920-505-0122. June 20 – CANCELED - Souris River Longbeards Fishing ...

How water temperature and oxygen affect fishing

There’s no simple answer to the question, “Why do fish bite?” Many variables are involved. Two of the most important conditions dictating fish feeding activity are water temperature and oxygen content. Water consists of two parts hydrogen for every one-part oxygen. However, this oxygen ...

COMMENT SBY KIM: A tale of two words

As I write this I’m not exactly sure where it is going, but please bear with me. Actually, that’s kind of what this is about. A bear is usually a big animal with sharp teeth and long claws. But not in this instance. I’m setting the stage here for what is to follow. You see, bear can be ...

Outdoors LIFE: Photo of the Week

If you have a photograph you would like to see in a future edition of the Outdoors you can email it to kfundingsland@minotdailynews.com. Please include information such as where and when the photograph was taken and identification of anyone in the photograph. Comments regarding the photograph ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR 6-6

Today – Badlands Bass Bandits Fishing Derby, Dakota Waters, Lake Sakakawea. Today – CANCELED - Dakota Anglers Walleye/Northern Tourney, Jamestown Reservoir, 320-0654. Sunday – Junior Longshots Buffalo Shoot, Minot Rifle and Pistol Club Outdoor Range. June 12-13 –CANCELED - New ...

Free fishing weekend

North Dakota residents who want to give fishing a try are reminded they can fish for free June 6-7. That is the state’s free fishing weekend. All residents age 16 and older can fish any North Dakota water without a license. Residents age 15 and under do not need a fishing license at any time ...

Game and Fish offices open June 8 by appointment only

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will open offices June 8 to public access by appointment only, and under the low risk phase guidelines established by North Dakota Smart Restart. State facility occupancy must remain below 50%, therefore most Game and Fish staff will continue to work ...

Anglers may not bring live aquatic bait into North Dakota

Anglers are reminded that it is illegal to import minnows and other forms of live aquatic bait into North Dakota. Anglers should buy bait from a licensed North Dakota retail bait vendor. Bait vendors can properly identify species and have taken steps to ensure all bait is clean of any aquatic ...

Traveling boaters should learn ANS regulations

North Dakota boaters who are traveling to or through other states or Canadian provinces, are reminded to check the aquatic nuisance species regulations of their destination, to make sure they are in compliance. Mandatory boat inspections may be required along highways or at lakes based on ...

WHOPPER CLUB

Here is the North Dakota Game and Fish Department Whopper Club entries, date & weight for May: Lake Sakakawea channel catfish: Jeff Meyer, Minot, May 2, 18 lbs., 8 oz. Red River channel catfish: Skyler Meyhoff, Fargo, May 18, 22 lbs., 0 oz. Lake Sakakawea smallmouth bass: Nolan ...

CATCH-N-RELEASE CLUB

Here is the North Dakota Game and Fish Department Catch-and-Release Club qualifiers, date & length for May: Souris River smallmouth bass: Griffin Broderick, Minot, May 1, 21 inches. Lake Sakakawea smallmouth bass: Ryder Dinius, Bismarck, May 2, 18 inches. Michael Schmidt, Beulah, ...

Border closure taking toll

“These restrictions will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 22, 2020.” Those were the final words in a news release issued by U.S. Customs and Border protection on May 20. The release was for the purpose of notifying the public that all “non-essential travel” is not ...

COMMENTS BY KIM: Halt to Fising Hall of Fame inductions

No matter what your views may be, and they certainly vary greatly depending upon who is doing the talking, the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted many lives, businesses and events. The North Dakota Fishing Hall of Fame is no exception. Every year the board of directors for the hall reviews ...

Outdoors LIFE: Photo of the week: Lake Audubon Tigers

If you have a photograph you would like to see in a future edition of the Outdoors you can email it to kfundingsland@minotdailynews.com. Please include information such as where and when the photograph was taken and identification of anyone in the photograph. Comments regarding the photograph ...

Outdoors LIFE: Wood Lake largemouth bass

Wood Lake results, Sat., May 23 Length of best 5 bass 1 – 89 inches, Cody and Ron Arth, Bismarck. 2 – 84.75 inches, Team Bullinger, Heather Bullinger. 3 – 82.5 inches, Kyle Okke and Ben Wendt, Dickinson. 4 – 81 inches, Paul Reinbold and Justin Enney, Dickinson. 5 – 76.75 ...

Walleye tagging studies

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department continues to conduct walleye tagging studies across the state. At Lake Sakakawea, the fisheries biologists are in the second year of a four-year walleye tagging study. The goal on Sakakawea is to tag about 3,000 walleyes per year, a target fisheries ...

Prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species

North Dakota anglers, water recreationists and anyone working in lakes or streams are reminded to follow these simple regulations to help prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species. Know the laws, as each state and province have their own rules and regulations. North Dakota regulations ...

White suckers legal only in Bois de Sioux, Red Rivers

The state Game and Fish Department reminds anglers that live white suckers are not legal baitfish anywhere in North Dakota, except in the Bois de Sioux and Red rivers. Anglers can use live white suckers on the Bois de Sioux and Red rivers, and tributaries up to the first vehicular bridge. ...