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By Doug Leier
North Dakota Game and Fish Biologist 

North Dakota Outdoors: January 15, 2024


January 15, 2024

Open water fishing in North Dakota in 2023 was record-breaking, according to Greg Power, fisheries division chief.

The first time I felt safe enough to check the ice thickness was Thanksgiving weekend. It wasn't safe yet at 1.5 inches. A week later and it still wasn't.

In early December we had 50-plus degree temperatures, making late season pheasant hunters and archery deer hunters smile. The ice anglers pumped their brakes and were frustrated having to wait even longer.

The open water fishing in North Dako...

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