Young Walleye Population Booming on Lake Sakakawea

The department also cites a rebounding of the smelt population for another reason for the high numbers

NORTH DAKOTA — Officials with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department say flooding from seven years ago is helping with the young walleye population on state lakes.

The department says they’ve recorded the fourth-highest catch of the fish in Lake Sakakawea in a half-century.

Lake Sakakawea reservoir is on the Missouri River and officials say because the flood changed the river channel downstream of the dam, there is a number of young fish that still need time to feed and grow.

The department also cites a rebounding of the smelt population for another reason for the high numbers.

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