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Spring spawning efforts on Lake Sakakawea confirm quality fishery

Category: News Release

 2 weeks ago by Keith Worrall  76

Modified May 13th, 2019 at 12:53 AM

Kim Fundingsland/MDN While an interested observer watches, fisheries biologists attend to eggs taken from spawning walleyes at Lake Sakakawea’s Parshall Bay.

PARSHALL – It happens every spring but, my oh my, it’s definitely not always like this.

North Dakota Game and Fish biologists have been conducting their annual spring walleye spawning operations on Lake Sakakawea in recent days and the results have been extremely good, maybe the best ever in the history of the state’s biggest body of water.

“Overall the fishery has probably never been in better shape,” said Dave Fryda, NDG&F Missouri River System fisheries supervisor. “There’s record abundance, good size structure and strong, young year classes. There’s lots of nice, big fish in good condition. Egg quality is good.”

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