NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS AND BEYOND Dec 1 spearfishing opens
North Dakotas darkhouse spearfishing season opens on most state watersDecember 1. The season extends throughMarch 15. Legal fish are northern pike and nongame species.
Darkhouse spearing is allowed f... Posted on 11/28/14 at 6:14 AM
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ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. — The fishing shelter was taking on that lived-in look. Crappies lay about on the ice, and every now and then one would flap to remind us he was there. Shreds of cut-up minnows clung to tackle boxes or mini-coolers. A package of powdered-sugar donut holes lay open near a Vexilar flasher.
The crappies were on the feed, and there was no time for housekeeping. Three of us took turns setting hooks on the eager biters. Now it was Greg Clusiau’s turn. The Nashwauk angler whipped his rod tip toward the shelter’s roof, and the tiny rod bowed into a graphite arc.
Q. Do you have any tips or recipes for grilling fish?
A. I’ve been a fan of grilled fish since a friend turned me on to cooking walleyes that way after a successful outing on Lake of the Woods some 15 years ago.
I've always enjoyed my own little internal debates, like would I rather have a 12-ounce hamburger steak for a little less price than an 8-ounce ribeye? And the same concept applies to the outdoors. Would you rather catch 15 decent perch or three big pike during a few hours of ice fishing?
They fight hard, they taste great and they’re usually willing to bite, but northern pike remain among the most overlooked and underappreciated fish among North Dakota anglers who turn up their noses at anything that’s not a walleye or perch.
State Game and Fish Department biologists conduct a variety of studies every year. The familiar ones are those that provide counts or indexes that factor into season setting and limits, and also set hunter and angler expectations.
Just in time for Saturday’s North Dakota’s pheasant opener, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday afternoon that it was immediately reopening federal Waterfowl Production Areas across the country.
These are good times for perch anglers on Devils Lake if results from recent Game and Fish Department population surveys are any indication. There’s a lot of young perch coming down the pike — providing they can get past the pike, walleyes and any other hungry mouths that might want to gobble them up.
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