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By Doug Leier
Biologist, North Dakota Game and Fish 

North Dakota Outdoors: Ice fishing impacts on fish


January 23, 2023

We’ve seen it before. A few ice shelters can turn into a city literally overnight. Winter anglers travel from every corner of the state – some from a few states away – at the report of a hot walleye, perch or crappie bite.

Anglers wonder if the fishery can withstand the pressure? I remind myself growing up, a hot perch bite wasn’t guarded by limits. That’s correct. There was a time as...

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