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Catchable Trout, Catfish, Pike Stocked

North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel have already stocked 30 local fisheries with catchable trout, catfish and pike, with additional lakes still to be stocked in early May.

 

Approximately 10,000 11-inch rainbow trout, 600 2- to 4-pound rainbow trout, 1,200 adult catfish, 1,100 adult pike and 1,100 1- to 3-pound cutthroat trout were recently stocked in community fisheries around the state.

 

Fisheries production and development section leader Jerry Weigel said these stockings put catchable fish in waters that are easily accessible.

 

“Many have fishing piers and are a great opportunity for a first-time angler to catch fish,” Weigel said.

 

  • Adams – Mirror Lake (catfish)
  • Barnes – Hatchery Kids Pond (rainbow)
  • Burleigh – Cottonwood Park Pond (pike), OWLS Pond (cutthroat, rainbow), Wilton City Pond (rainbow)
  • Cass – Brooks Harbor Pond (rainbow, cutthroat), Casselton Pond (rainbow), North Woodhaven Pond (rainbow)
  • Eddy – New Rockford Pond (pike)
  • Golden Valley – Beach City Pond (rainbow)
  • Grand Forks – Turtle River (rainbow)
  • McKenzie – Arnegard Dam (catfish), Watford City Park Pond (catfish, rainbow)
  • McLean – Camp Loop Pond (rainbow, pike), Custer Mine (rainbow), Painted Woods Pond (rainbow), Riverdale City Pond (rainbow)
  • Morton – Gaebe Pond (catfish, rainbow), Krieg’s Pond (catfish), Porsborg Dam (cutthroat, rainbow)
  • Mountrail – Stanley Pond (catfish)
  • Ransom – Mooringstone Pond (rainbow)
  • Renville – Glenburn Pond (catfish)
  • Richland – Mooreton Pond (cutthroat)
  • Stark – Belfield Pond (catfish, rainbow), Dickinson Dike (catfish, rainbow)
  • Stutsman – Little Britches Pond (rainbow, cutthroat)
  • Ward – State Fair Pond (rainbow)
  • Williams – East Spring Lake Pond (pike), Kettle Lake (rainbow), West Spring Lake Pond (catfish, rainbow)

In addition to these fisheries, Game and Fish personnel will continue stocking numerous trout lakes the next few weeks, including Ryan Park Pond (Grand Forks), Little Heart Pond (Morton), Langdon City Pond (Cavalier), Hazen Creek (Mercer) and Oliver County Sportsmen’s Pond (Oliver).

Catchable Trout Stocked

More than 50 local fisheries throughout North Dakota now have a fresh supply of catchable trout, as state Game and Fish Department personnel are wrapping up their annual spring trout stocking efforts.

 

Fisheries production and development section leader Jerry Weigel said while the number of fisheries statewide is at a historic high, many are not as easily accessible to youngsters, older adults and disabled anglers.

 

“The majority of these recently stocked waters are community fisheries that have fishing piers, and provide a great opportunity for first-time anglers to catch fish,” Weigel said. “These stockings put catchable fish in waters that are accessible.”

 

The trout were larger this year, with many averaging more than one-half pound, Weigel said. More than 60,000 11-inch rainbow trout were stocked, along with 1,000 1- to 3-pound cutthroat and rainbow trout.

 

Weigel emphasized that trout are kid friendly and bite aggressively in spring before temperatures rise, so the best time to catch them will be in the next few weeks.

 

“On late springs like this one, these catchable trout provide enjoyment as soon as they are stocked,” Weigel said.

 

Daily updates are listed on the Game and Fish Department’s Facebook page, and a complete stocking report is available on the department’s website, gf.nd.gov.

  • Adams – North Lemmon
  • Barnes – Blumers Pond, Hatchery Kids Pond
  • Bottineau – Strawberry Lake
  • Bowman – Lutz Dam
  • Burleigh – McDowell Dam, OWLS Pond, Wilton City Pond
  • Burke – Northgate Dam
  • Cass – Brooks Harbor, Casselton Pond, North Woodhaven Pond
  • Cavalier – Langdon City Pond
  • Divide – Baukol-Noonan Dam, Baukol-Noonan East Mine
  • Golden Valley – Beach City Pond, Camels Hump Lake
  • Grand Forks – Ryan Park Pond, Turtle River
  • Grant – Sheep Creek Dam
  • Hettinger – Castle Rock Dam, Mott Watershed Dam
  • McIntosh – Blumhardt Dam
  • McKenzie – Watford City Park Pond
  • McLean – Custer Mine, Lightning Lake, Riverdale City Pond
  • Mercer – Harmony Lake, Hazen Creek
  • Morton – Gaebe Pond, Harmon Lake, Krieg’s Pond, Little Heart Pond, Nygren Dam, Porsborg Dam
  • Mountrail – Stanley Pond
  • Oliver – Oliver County Sportsmen’s Pond
  • Ransom – Mooringstone Pond
  • Renville – Glenburn Pond
  • Richland – Mooreton Pond
  • Rolette – Hooker Lake
  • Slope – Davis Dam
  • Stark – Belfield Pond, Dickinson Dike
  • Stutsman – Streeter Lake
  • Ward – State Fair Pond, Velva Sportsmen’s Pond
  • Williams – Kettle Lake, Kota-Ray Dam, McGregor Dam, West Spring Lake Pond

Trout Stocked in Community Fisheries Across the State

Almost 40 local fisheries around North Dakota have a fresh supply of catchable trout, as state Game and Fish Department personnel are wrapping up their annual spring trout stocking efforts.

Fisheries production and development section leader Jerry Weigel said while fisheries statewide are at historic highs, many are not as easily accessible to youngsters, older adults and disabled anglers.

“These stockings put catchable fish in waters that are accessible,” Weigel said. “Many community fisheries have fishing piers, and provide a great opportunity for a first-time anglers to catch fish.”

In addition, Weigel emphasized that trout are kid-friendly and they bite aggressively in the spring before temperatures warm up, so the best time to catch them will be in the next few weeks.

The trout are nice-sized too, Weigel said, as more than 20,000 11-inch rainbow trout were stocked, along with 800 1- to 2-pound cutthroat trout. Following is a list of lakes, by county, to receive trout this spring:

·         Barnes – Blumers Pond (rainbow), Hatchery Kids Pond (rainbow)

·         Bottineau – Strawberry Lake (rainbow)

·         Bowman – Lutz Dam (rainbow)

·         Burleigh – McDowell Dam (rainbow), OWLS Pond (cutthroat, rainbow), Wilton Pond (cutthroat, rainbow)

·         Cass – Brooks Harbor Pond (rainbow), Casselton Pond (rainbow), North Woodhaven Pond (rainbow)

·         Cavalier – Langdon City Pond (rainbow)

·         Golden Valley – Beach City Pond (rainbow)

·         Grand Forks – Ryan Park Pond (rainbow), Turtle River (rainbow)

·         Hettinger – Castle Rock Dam (rainbow), Mott Watershed Dam (rainbow)

·         McKenzie – Watford City Park Pond (rainbow)

·         McLean – Camp Loop Pond (rainbow), Custer Mine (rainbow), Lightning Lake (rainbow), Riverdale City Pond (rainbow)

·         Mercer – Hazen Creek (rainbow)

·         Morton – Gaebe Pond (rainbow), Krieg’s Pond (rainbow), Little Heart Pond (rainbow), Nygren Dam (rainbow), Porsborg Dam (cutthroat, rainbow)

·         Mountrail – Stanley Pond (rainbow)

·         Oliver – Oliver County Sportsmen’s Pond (rainbow)

·         Ransom – Mooringstone Pond (rainbow)

·         Renville – Glenburn Pond (rainbow)

·         Rolette – Lake Udall (rainbow)

·         Stark – Belfield Pond (rainbow), Dickinson Dike (rainbow, cutthroat)

·         Stutsman – Streeter Lake (rainbow)

·         Ward – State Fair Pond (rainbow), Velva Sportsmen’s Pond (rainbow)

·         Williams – West Spring Lake Pond (rainbow, cutthroat), Kettle Lake (rainbow),

Anglers can refer to the fishing tab at the Game and Fish Department’s website,gf.nd.gov, for a complete stocking report.

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North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel recently stocked six lakes with 2-to-5 pound trout from Wyoming.

Jerry Weigel, fisheries production and development section leader, said each year Wyoming Game and Fish provides trout as part of a trade for walleye fingerlings. This year, Wyoming provided surplus brood stock.

A total of 800 rainbows with a combined weight of 2,100 pounds were stocked in Camels Hump Lake (Golden Valley County), Dickinson Dike (Stark County), North Woodhaven Pond (Cass County) and Mooreton Pond (Richland County).

In addition, nearly 400 cutthroats weighing 750 pounds were split between Northgate Dam (Burke County) and Kettle Lake (Williams County).

The normal rainbow trout stockings from Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery have been delayed due to the late spring. However, with the ice now coming off most lakes, nearly 50,000 10-inch rainbow trout will be stocked into 50 waters statewide by May 23.

Anglers should refer to the fishing tab at the Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov, for a complete stocking report.