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Fishing for Free June 2-3

North Dakotans who want to give fishing a try are reminded they can fish for free June 2-3.

 

That is the state’s Free Fishing Weekend, when all residents age 16 and over can fish any North Dakota water without a license. Residents age 15 and under do not need a fishing license at any time of year.

 

“Most North Dakotans fish with family or friends, so it’s a great time for anglers to take someone new who otherwise might not have the chance,” said Greg Power, fisheries chief for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. “And you don’t have to travel far, as our state continues to offer real quality fishing opportunities in all corners of the state.”

 

Fishing regulations and information on fishing waters is available on the Game and Fish website at gf.nd.gov, and in the current regulations guide available at license vendor locations.

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The 2018 February North Dakota Outdoors magazine is available FREE online right now here.

Leading off the issue is an important feature on the licensing transition: Applying online for lottery licenses for North Dakota game species, such as deer and wild turkeys, is nothing new to many people. Yet, as Game and Fish Department officials embrace a long-range plan to phase out paper applications, there will likely be some questions. What follows are a number of questions and answers to help people with possible uncertainties about the process.

 

Ty Stockton writes a feature on Productive Prairie Lakes

Fishing in North Dakota has never been better. The state boasts 22 species of game fish and 449 bodies of water where anglers can wet a line.

 

Ron Wilson North Dakota Outdoors editor captures the birthday of the magazine with this month’s Backcast

In late summer 1931, the first issue of North Dakota OUTDOORS was published and made available to the public. If you do the math, that means the magazine turned 87 this year. Not a milestone, certainly. Just a point of interest.

 

​North Dakota’s free ice fishing weekend is Dec. 30-31.

North Dakota’s free ice fishing weekend is Dec. 30-31.

Resident anglers may fish that weekend without a license. All other ice fishing regulations apply.

Those interested in darkhouse spearfishing that weekend must register with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department prior to participating. Registration is available by visiting the Department’s website, gf.nd.gov, or through any Game and Fish office. Legal fish are northern pike and nongame species.

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Ice Awareness for Anglers, Hunters

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is urging winter anglers and late-season hunters to use extreme caution when venturing out on ice.

Ice thickness is never consistent, especially early in winter, and can vary significantly on the same body of water. Edges become firm before the center.

A few reminders include:

  • ·         Snow insulates ice, which in turn inhibits solid ice formation, and hides cracks, weak and open water areas.
  • Avoid cracks, pressure ridges, slushy or darker areas that signal thinner ice. The same goes for ice that forms around partially submerged trees, brush, embankments or other structures.
  • Ice thickness is not consistent and can vary significantly even in a small area. Ice shouldn’t be judged by appearance alone. Anglers should drill test holes as they make their way out on the lake, and an ice chisel should be used to check ice thickness while moving around.
  • Daily temperature changes cause ice to expand and contract, affecting its strength.
  • The following minimums are recommended for travel on clear-blue lake ice formed under ideal conditions. However, early in the winter it’s a good idea to double these figures to be safe: 4 inches for a group walking single file; 6 inches for a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle; 8-12 inches for an automobile; and 12-15 inches for a pickup/truck.

These tips could help save a life:

  • Wear a personal flotation device and carry a cell phone.
  • Carry ice picks or a set of screwdrivers to pull yourself back on the ice if you fall through.
  • If someone breaks through the ice, call 911 immediately. Rescue attempts should employ a long pole, board, rope, blanket or snowmobile suit. If that’s not possible, throw the victim a life jacket, empty water jug or other buoyant object. Go to the victim as a last resort, but do this by forming a human chain where rescuers lie on the ice with each person holding the feet of the person in front.
  • To treat hypothermia, replace wet clothing with dry clothing and immediately transport victim to a hospital.

Have You Seen? North Dakota Outdoors Webcast

 

Free Fishing Weekend

North Dakotans who want to give fishing a try are reminded they can fish for free June 3-4.That is the state’s Free Fishing Weekend, when all residents age 16 and over can fish any North Dakota water without a license. Residents age 15 and under do not need a fishing license at any time of year.

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Fishing for Free June 3-4

North Dakotans who want to give fishing a try are reminded they can fish for free June 3-4.

 

That is the state’s Free Fishing Weekend, when all residents age 16 and over can fish any North Dakota water without a license. Residents age 15 and under do not need a fishing license at any time of year.

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“It’s a great chance for people who may be new to fishing, to give it a try,” said Greg Power, fisheries chief for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. “There are lots of diverse, quality fishing opportunities scattered across the state.”

Fishing regulations and information on fishing waters is available on the Game and Fish website at gf.nd.gov, and in the current regulations guide available at license vendor locations.

Have You Seen? Free Fishing Weekend June 4-5

This week’s North Dakota Outdoors video covers the June 4-5 Free Fishing

Free Fishing Weekend Video

Weekend in North Dakota. North Dakota residents can fish without a license those two days, so grab a pole and try your luck fishing at one of the state’s many fishing waters.Find a place to fish near you at http://gf.nd.gov/fishing/where-to-fish.

North Dakota residents do not need a license to fish June 4-5, but all other fishing regulations still apply. See the regulations guide at http://gf.nd.gov/fishing/fishing-regulations-guide.

 

2016 FREE Fishing Edition of North Dakota Outdoors magazine

The 2016 Special Fishing issue for March-April of North Dakota Outdoors magazine is available FREE online right now. It’s a “keeper” with a feature  Beyond Wetting A Line”  by fisheries division chierf Greg Power.

mar apr 2016.pdfFishing isn’t the same as catching. And, at times, catching isn’t the same as harvesting. However, if you’re an experienced North Dakota angler, you likely have caught and kept your fair share of fish in the past five or so years, and would perhaps agree that fishing in the state has never been better.

There’s some great information breaking down the 2015 fish stocking and a detailed look at fishing access

 

Ron Wilson takes a step back with  A Look Back. North Dakota and northern pike have some history.This efficient ambush predator was named the state fish by lawmakers in 1969. At the time, only 11 other states adopted various fish species – salmon, trout, walleye and others – as official symbols.

Check these stories and more for free in the full March-April issue available right here or here http://gf.nd.gov/publications

Have You Seen? Special Fishing Issue Of North Dakota Outdoors

The 2016 March-April Special Fishing issue of North Dakota Outdoors magazine is available FREE online right now. It’s a “keeper” with a feature “Beyond Wetting A Line”  by fisheries division chief Greg Power.  Fishing isn’t the same as catching. And, at times, catching isn’t the same as harvesting. However, if you’re an experienced North Dakota angler, you likely have caught and kept your fair share of fish in the past five or so years, and would perhaps agree that fishing in the state has never been better.

mar apr 2016.pdf

 

There’s some great information breaking down the 2015 fish stocking and a detailed look at fishing access.

 

Ron Wilson takes a step back with  A Look Back. North Dakota and northern pike have some history. This efficient ambush predator was named the state fish by lawmakers in 1969. At the time, only 11 other states adopted various fish species – salmon, trout, walleye and others – as official symbols.

 

 

Check these stories and more for free in the full March-April issue available right here or here http://gf.nd.gov/publications

FREE fishing weekend!

Don’t forget as you make your weekend plans. It’s FREE fishing weekend for North Dakota residents! Doesn’t have to be for 10 hours…or even 10 minutes. GO FISH!

North Dakota anglers are reminded they can fish for free June 1-2.

That is the weekend North Dakota residents may fish without a license. All other fishing regulations apply.

Refer to the 2012-14 North Dakota Fishing Guide for season information.