Walleye

Game and Fish Workers Stock 11 Million Walleye Fingerlings

Crews have stocked 140 lakes across the state with more than 11 million walleye fingerlings.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says its workers have just completed one of the largest fish stocking efforts in the history of the agency. Crews have stocked 140 lakes across the state with more than 11 million walleye fingerlings from the Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery. Fisheries production leader Jerry Wiegel says the Garrison…

Man Loses Fishing Record After Game & Fish Investigation

Game & Fish has concluded that the fish caught by Tom Volk of Lincoln was not legally hooked

BISMARCK, ND — An investigation has determined that North Dakota doesn’t have a new state record walleye after all. Game & Fish has concluded that the fish caught by Tom Volk of Lincoln was not legally hooked and can’t be recognized as a record. On April 21, Volk was shore-fishing the Heart River in Mandan when he hauled in a 16-pound,…

Record Setting Walleye Caught In North Dakota

Reeled In From Shore Along Heaert River in Mandan

MANDAN, ND — A Lincoln, North Dakota man has caught a record-breaking fish. Tom Volk’s 16 pound, 9 ounce walleye caught Sunday broke a record that was set nearly a year ago. He beat the record held by Neal Leier of Bismarck by three fourths of a pound. That record was set last May on the Missouri River and had…

Angler Lands Record-Breaking Walleye On The Missouri River

The previous record had stood for nearly six decades

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s longest-standing fish record has fallen. The state Game and Fish Department says Bismarck angler Neal Leier hauled in a 15-pound, 13-ounce walleye from the Missouri River near Fox Island on Friday. That broke the record by one ounce. The previous record had stood for nearly six decades. It was a fish from Wood Lake landed…

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…

Ban on Walleye Fishing on Mille Lacs Lake Begins Thursday

The ban will take effect tonight and last for most of the month

  AITKIN COUNTY, Minn. — A planned temporary shutdown of walleye fishing on Lake Mille Lacs is set to begin. The ban will take effect tonight and last for most of the month. It also prohibits catch and release. Wildlife officials are hoping to preserve the struggling population of the prized species on the lake. Fish are especially vulnerable this…

Governor Dayton Catches Walleye During Bass Fishing Opener

Mille Lacs Is Rebounding After Walleye Seasons Were Cut Short

Minnesota Governor Dayton celebrated the state bass fishing opener by catching a walleye. Dayton was fishing on Mille Lacs on Saturday with outdoor celebrity Ron Schara and Bassmaster Champion Seth Feider. Mille Lacs has been named one of the best bass lakes in the entire country. The governor’s visit highlighted the area as it rebounds from its walleye season being…

Anglers Prepping for Minnesota Fishing Opener

DNR officials say the Mississippi has catch rates similar to many of the state's best fishing lakes

MINNESOTA — Thousands of anglers are getting ready for the 70th annual Minnesota Fishing Opener which casts off tomorrow. Anglers in the state will be able to catch walleye, pike and trout. Governor Dayton will host the opener along the Mississippi River in the St. Cloud area, a first for that part of lakes country. DNR officials say the Mississippi…

Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener to Cast Off in St. Cloud

About 500,000 anglers are expected to fish for the walleye season opener

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Governor Dayton will take a break from the heat of the legislative session to host the state’s fishing opener. The 70th annual Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener casts off on May 13th in the St. Cloud area of the Mississippi River. About 500,000 anglers are expected to fish for the walleye season opener. The DNR said this…