The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has initiated a winter creel survey in the south central part of the state to learn who is fishing and what they’re catching.
“Our guys will be hitting various small district lakes scattered throughout south central North Dakota, primarily in Logan and McIntosh counties and northern Kidder County, where you find clusters of lakes,” said Scott Gangl, department fisheries management section leader.
This region-specific creel survey is a joint effort between the department’s south central and southeastern fisheries districts. The survey could last for several weeks, running into March.
“What we’re after is the size, catch rates, species and the quality of the fishing experience,” Gangl said. “We want to know how far people have traveled to get to a lake and does the distance they’ve traveled influence the size of fish they are harvesting.”
Creel clerks will work mostly on weekends. Anglers who agree to be interviewed will be asked a series of questions, and the clerks will measure harvested fish. Once the interview is completed, anglers will be given an orange card to complete when they quit fishing for the day.
Boxes will be placed at access points for anglers to quickly drop off their cards when leaving the late. There is no need to stop at a box unless you are returning a card.