Published January 27, 2013, 05:15 AM

OUTDOOR FACTOIDS: Devils Lake makes splash selling fishing license

Devils Lake and its 7,200 residents account for only about 1 percent of North Dakota’s population, but the city makes a big splash when it comes to fishing license sales.

By: Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald

Devils Lake and its 7,200 residents account for only about 1 percent of North Dakota’s population, but the city makes a big splash when it comes to fishing license sales.

“Amazingly, they sell 25 percent of the nonresident three-day and 10-day fishing licenses,” said Randy Meissner, licensing manager for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck. “People want to fish the lake, and historically, we’ve seen a steady increase in fishing and waterfowl nonresident license sales there.”

Year-round fishing opportunities, a network of infrastructure that includes 679 motel rooms, 18 resorts with cabins, 300 overnight camping sites and 900 seasonal camping sites, along with fishing and waterfowl guides and high populations of perch, walleyes and northern pike all play a role.

“The lake’s excellent fishing has a huge impact on the local economy, and it’s growing annually,” Devils Lake Mayor Richard Johnson said. Hunting and fishing is the No. 2 contributor to the local economy, Johnson said, second only to the region’s ag industry.

Devils Lake also has one of the highest-tech fish-cleaning stations in North America. Located just south of Ed’s Bait Shop on state Highway 20, the 20-by-32-foot building just opened last week and is accessible year-round at no charge. Heated in the winter and air-conditioned in the summer, the fish-cleaning station can handle 15 anglers at one time and has two grinders, a separate cleanup sink, a handicapped-accessible bathroom and ample parking for trucks and trailers.

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— Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Birdwatchers and wildlife watchers looking to bone up on their ability to recognize various calls now have a new resource at the ready.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology recently archived and digitized the collection of recordings in its Macaulay Library archive dating back to 1929.

“In terms of speed and the breadth of material now accessible to anyone in the world, this is really revolutionary,” audio curator Greg Budney, said in a news release. “This is one of the greatest research and conservation resources at the Cornell Lab, and through its digitization we’ve swung the doors open on it in a way that wasn’t possible 10 or 20 years ago.”

According to Budney, archivists spent a dozen years completing the task. The collection contains nearly 150,000 digital audio recordings equaling more than 10 terabytes of data with a total run time of 7,513 hours. About 9,000 species are represented. There’s an emphasis on birds, Budney said, but the collection also includes sounds of whales, elephants, frogs, primates and more.

To access the library, go to

— Cornell Lab or Ornithology

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is accepting entries for design of a 2013 Earth Day patch as part of its annual Earth Day awareness campaign. North Dakota students ages 6 to 18 are eligible to participate, and the deadline to submit entries is March 15.

Game and Fish will select a winner in three age categories: ages 6 to 9, 10 to 13 and 14 to 18. Each winner will receive a pair of Nikon 8x40 binoculars. The final patch design then will be chosen from the three winners.

Entries should incorporate some aspect of Earth Day — celebrated April 22 — or keeping North Dakota clean and must be round and 3 inches in diameter.

Entry and reporting forms are available on the Game and Fish Department’s website at For more information, contact Pat Lothspeich of the department at or call (701) 328-6300.

— N.D. Game and Fish Department