Outdoor Diary: Fishing and boating attracts diverse participants, North Dakota and Minnesota rank among the top states for participation in fishing etc.


Fishing and boating continue to reach new and diverse audiences, new fishing industry study finds Boating and Fishing Foundation.

Highlights of the 2021 Fisheries Special Report include:

  • 19.7 million females fished in 2020, an increase of 10% compared to 2019.

  • Fishing for young people and adolescents has exploded last year, with 13.5 million young people between the ages of 6 and 17 taking the plunge.

  • 5 million Hispanic Americans fished in 2020, the highest volume in 14 years.

  • Overall participation continues to increase, with nearly 55 million Americans fishing at least once last year.

  • African Americans have had the highest turnout over the past three years, with a 7.4% increase in turnout and 14.6% growth since 2019.

  • Over 55% of people who have tried fishing intend to continue the activity this year.

“The past year has been unique, but this increased interest in fishing is a trend that we have been seeing emerging for some time,” said Stephanie Vatalaro, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications for RBFF. “Participants in the first-time fishery reached 4.4 million in 2020. This 42% increase is phenomenal, and as the data shows these new entrants are more diverse than ever, helping to confirm that the water is open to all. “

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The full report is available at https://annualreports.takemefishing.org.

– Herald staff report


ND, MN rank among the top fishing states

North Dakota ranks in the top five states in terms of fishing licenses paid per 100,000 population and Minnesota is not far behind, according to data from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Compiled by boating site boatsafe.com, the data ranks North Dakota fifth nationally, with more than 27,000 fishing licenses sold per 100,000 population. Minnesota was No. 6, with 25,267 fishing licenses sold per 100,000 population.

Alaska leads the country with 58,683 fishing licenses sold per 100,000 population.

The top 10 fishing states, based on paid fishing licenses per 100,000 population, are:

1. Alaska: 58,683.

2. Wyoming: 42 124.

3. Montana: 39,408.

4. Idaho: 29 106

5. North Dakota: 27,340

6. Minnesota: 25,267

7. South Dakota: 25,129

8. Maine: 25 101.

9. Wisconsin: 22,358.

ten. Vermont: 18,183.

– Herald staff report

NDGF launches “Earth Day, Every Day”

For years, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has encouraged students to design Earth Day patches to increase environmental awareness in the state and beyond.

Yet like Earth Day, which began in 1970 and kicked off the environmental movement, concern for outdoor venues is not just a once-a-year thing, but an ongoing one.

Understanding this, Game and Fish launched “Earth Day, Every Day” to promote ongoing environmental awareness.

Groups that engage in environmental clean-up, landscaping, or other efforts to promote environmental awareness will receive an Earth Day patch for all participants.

The patches are used to recognize groups that are working to celebrate the concept of Earth Day, and everyone is encouraged to participate in the Earth Day awareness campaign, every day.

For more information on Earth Day, Every Day, or to request fixes for your project, contact Sherry Niesar, Earth Day Coordinator, at (701) 527-3714 or [email protected]

– Herald staff report

Operation Dry Water scheduled for the weekend of July 4

Once again this year, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department will participate in Operation Dry Water over the July 4 long weekend as part of a nationally coordinated effort to increase knowledge about the dangers of navigation under influence. Operation Dry Water Weekend, scheduled from Friday July 2 to Sunday July 4, is the national weekend of increased law enforcement efforts aimed at lawful boating and outreach. boaters.

With the July 4th vacation on the horizon, the North Dakota Department of Fish and Game has recalled that the possession or use of fireworks in state wildlife management areas is prohibited. Game and Fish will lift the no-camping restriction Tuesday through Wednesday for the upcoming holiday week of July 4, which will allow overnight camping July 6 through 7 on WMAs that otherwise have the two-day restriction in place. A complete list of WMA regulations is available from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. The survey determines the abundance of the American antelope, the demographics of the herd and the production of calves. Game and Fish then uses the data to establish license numbers for the fall hunting season.

– Herald staff report

MNR: Report fish deaths

Recent warm weather may be contributing to fish kills in Minnesota lakes, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

“Fish kills in the spring and summer do occur occasionally, but we receive many reports of fish kills as a result of the recent extended period of hot weather,” said Tom Burri, MNR limnology consultant.

MNR is asking the public to report fish deaths. People should call the state duty officer – available 24 hours a day, seven days a week – at (651) 649-5451 or (800) 422-0798 if they encounter a large group of dead fish in a lake or a stream.

An early report also allows for timely water sampling or other response actions, if necessary. Knowing what types and sizes of fish people see in a dead fish is especially helpful.

In mid-spring and summer, fish kills are often the result of warming water and opportunistic infections that spread to already stressed fish populations after the spawning season. Species commonly seen in these dead zones include pumpkinseed, crappies and bullheads and, occasionally, largemouth bass and northern pike.

More information on fish mortality is available on the MNR website.

– Herald staff report

Minimize conflict with bears this summer

The Minnesota DNR continues to ask landowners and campers to be especially “responsible” this summer due to dry conditions that will likely reduce natural food supplies for the animals.

Bears traditionally depend on small scattered patches of natural food: specific types of young green vegetation in the spring, some species of ants and ant pupae in June, berries in the summer, and nuts in the fall. While bears can obtain concentrated, high-calorie, easily accessible foods around homes and campsites, they are easily drawn away from their natural food sources.

This year’s late frost, combined with drought conditions, will reduce or delay the availability of berries and nuts, so it’s especially important to secure anything a bear would consider food, according to the DNR. Don’t condition bears to associate your home or campsite with an easy meal, leaving out unsecured garbage, bird seed, or animal food.

For more information on reducing property damage and the risk of human-bear conflict, see the MNR website on mndnr.gov.

– Herald staff report

  • Ryan Pond at King’s Walk Golf Course in Grand Forks is closed to fishing this summer and has not been seeded due to a recent zebra mussel infestation, according to the Grand Forks Park District.

  • Walleye fishing on Lac des Mille Lacs will be closed for two weeks from Thursday July 1 to Thursday July 15 to reduce phishing mortality, the percentage of fish that die after being caught and released. Currently, fishermen can capture and release walleye on Mille Lacs Lake during a catch and release season that lasts until Wednesday, June 30. Anglers can still fish for other species while the walleye close, MNR said, Walleye fishing will resume Friday July 16 and continue until Wednesday September 15. The limit for a 21 to 23 inch walleye, or one over 28 inches, is expected to resume Thursday, September 16 through Tuesday, Nov. 30. For more information, see the MNR website or the Minnesota Fishing Regulations booklet. .

– compiled by Brad Dokken

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