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N. Dakota Free Fishing Weekend scheduled June 2-3

North Dakotans who want to give fishing a try are reminded they can fish for free June 2-3.

That is the state’s Free Fishing Weekend, when all residents age 16 and older can fish any North Dakota water without a license. Residents age 15 and younger do not need a fishing license at any time of year.

“Most North Dakotans fish with family or friends, so it’s a great time for anglers to take someone new who otherwise might not have the chance,” said Greg Power, fisheries chief for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. “You don't have to travel far, as our state continues to offer real quality fishing opportunities in all corners of the state.”

Game and Fish wrapping up spring trout stocking efforts

More than 50 local fisheries throughout North Dakota now have a fresh supply of catchable trout, as state Game and Fish Department personnel are wrapping up their annual spring trout stocking efforts.

Fisheries production and development section leader Jerry Weigel said, while the number of fisheries statewide is at a historic high, many are not as easily accessible to youngsters, older adults and disabled anglers.

“The majority of these recently stocked waters are community fisheries that have fishing piers and provide a great opportunity for first-time anglers to catch fish,” Weigel said. “These stockings put catchable fish in waters that are accessible.”

The trout were larger this year, with many averaging more than one-half pound, Weigel said. More than 60,000 11-inch rainbow trout were stocked, along with 1,000 1- to 3-pound cutthroat and rainbow trout.

Weigel emphasized that trout are kid friendly and bite aggressively in spring before temperatures rise, so the best time to catch them will be in the next few weeks.

“On late springs like this one, these catchable trout provide enjoyment as soon as they are stocked,” Weigel said.

Daily updates are listed on the Game and Fish Department's Facebook page, and a complete stocking report is available on the department's website, gf.nd.gov.

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