Record number of walleyes stocked

North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel are wrapping up a record year for stocking of walleye fingerlings in more than 130 waters across the state.

Jerry Weigel, fisheries production and development supervisor, said more than 12 million fingerlings were stocked, besting the previous high by more than 1 million fish.

“Considering not many went into Lake Sakakawea, this included an unprecedented stocking of nearly 7 million fingerlings into the smaller fishing waters across the state,” Weigel said.

Stocking conditions were optimal, Weigel said, with cooler weather at the time most of the fish were shipped. The 30-day-old fingerings averaged about 1.25 inches in length.

“They should find lots of food and good survival conditions, which bodes well for future fishing opportunities,” Weigel added. “Later this fall, fisheries personnel will sample walleye lakes to assess success of this year’s walleye stocking, as well as what Mother Nature provided.”

Game and Fish hosts site at State Fair

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will host thousands of visitors to its free Conservation and Outdoors Skills Park July 21-29 at the State Fair in Minot.

Visitors will be treated to an array of activities, exhibits and information as the park is open from 1 to 7 p.m. daily. 

In addition to hands-on outdoor learning opportunities, the area offers a live fish display, furbearer exhibit and native prairie plantings. Two information centers staffed by Game and Fish Department personnel bookend the Conservation and Outdoors Skills Park, which is located on the north end of the fairgrounds near the State Fair Center.

Coordinator hired by Pheasants Forever

Pheasants Forever has hired Cayla Bendel as the organization’s new Women in Conservation Coordinator for North Dakota. The position will focus on outreach, education and technical assistance to agricultural producers, landowners and volunteers with an emphasis on accelerating conservation engagement among women.

“I want to build on the foundations established by women in North Dakota and help better define this innovative position so it can be adopted across our footprint, receive broader support and gain more momentum,” said Bendel, who started her job on July 3.

“By offering educational outreach opportunities that are tailored toward women, we hope to connect and empower female landowners to make informed decisions and actions on their land that align with their stewardship goals.” stated Rachel Bush, North Dakota state coordinator for Pheasants Forever. “We’re elated to add Cayla to our ranks and I believe that her skills, background and passion will help create a new community of women interested in agriculture, conservation and the outdoor lifestyle.”