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January2012

Bite is great on Devils Lake

Posted: January 25, 2012

The bite has been great on Devils Lake. Right now anglers are catching perch at the Stromme Addition in 17-30 feet of water. This week they have been catching them between 17-22 feet of water using small jigs with wax worms, with plain hooks and a small, full minnow. They are catching perch over 10″, with several jumbo perch being caught. Walleyes move in just before dark.

Walleyes are being caught in front of Acorn Ridge and in front of the Camp Grafton gate on East Bay. Also catching walleyes on north Six Mile Bay northwest of the Pepsi Barn in 16 feet of water.

Good luck at the Ice Fishing Tournament this weekend!

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TSA IMPROVES SECURITY EXPERIENCE AT ADDITIONAL AIRPORTS

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Earlier in January, President Obama signed a new law that provides expedited airport security screenings to members of the armed forces. The legislation requires the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to set new procedures to provide military members and their families quicker and less invasive screenings while in uniform and traveling on official orders.

Additionally, in the coming months, TSA’s PreCheck trusted traveler program will expand to include two new airlines (U.S. Airways and United Airlines) and several new airports.

Currently, eligible travelers at nine airports nationwide can voluntarily submit to pre-screening, which allows fora faster checkpoint experience at the airport. U.S. Travel is currently working with Congress and TSA to ensure that this program is expanded to include more of the flying public.

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North Dakota Earth Day Patch Contest

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The state Game and Fish Department’s annual Earth Day awareness campaign is accepting entries for design of a 2012 Earth Day patch. North Dakota students ages 6-18 are eligible to participate. The deadline to submit entries is March 15.

The Game and Fish Department will announce a winner in three age categories – 6-9, 10-13, and 14-18. Each winner will receive a pair of Nikon 8×40 binoculars. The final patch design will be chosen from the three winners.

The winning design will be used on a patch given to members of Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H clubs and any school participating in Earth Day cleanup projects on state-owned or managed lands in North Dakota in April and May.

The patch should incorporate some aspect of Earth Day – celebrated April 22 – or keeping North Dakota clean. It must be round and three inches in diameter. There is a limit of five colors on the patch, and lettering must be printed. Name, address, age and phone number of the contestant must be clearly printed on the entry form. Only one entry per person is allowed.

Earth Day entry and reporting forms are available on the Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. For more information, contact Pat Lothspeich by email at ndgf@nd.gov, or call (701) 328-6300.

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Yahoo! article: What You Need to Know About New Airfare Advertising Rules

Posted: January 24, 2012

By Caroline Costello | Smarter Travel 

This week, a series of new passenger protection rules put forth by the Department of Transportation (DOT) will take effect. The most visible of these rules, a law that requires airlines to include mandatory government taxes and fees in advertised fares, will officially kick in January 26. (Other rules pertaining to baggage fees and ticket cancellation policies started January 24.) But we’ve already seen quite a few airlines and booking sites begin to display prices for plane tickets and flight-inclusive vacation packages that incorporate airfare taxes and fees.

What should flyers expect when booking plane tickets this week and hereafter? Here’s what you need to know about the new rules and how they’re shaking up the travel industry:

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Winter’s Hot on Devils Lake!

Posted: January 13, 2012

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Devils Lake Perch, Walleyes & Pike Biting Now!

Anglers are smiling, guides are booked, travel is safe (and easy), and the fish are cooperating right now on North Dakota’s most-talked about fishery, Devils Lake.  In fact, one of the top fishing guides, Jason Feldner said this week, “This is the best walleye fishing in the past seven years.”

Of the lake’s popular perch, Feldner said, “They’re much shallower than usual, under 20-feet, and feeding actively.  Yes, my guides move around, but perch have been on the sand flats, in the wood, and on the breaklines early and late.”  Of the voracious and huge northern pike, he said, “They’re on fire.”  Photos backing up his words can be found on his website, www.percheyes.com, and on the websites of many guide services and the Devils Lake Tourism Bureau, www.devilslakend.com.

Most of the Devils Lake bays and connecting lakes are covered with 14 to 16 inches of solid ice with no snow covering as of mid-January.  Even the main lake has 12 to 14 inches of ice.  This is the exact opposite of last winter when travel was all but impossible due to massive back-to-back snow storms.  Feldner said, “We should have 20 good inches of ice by Jan. 20.  This is the best winter ever, come and enjoy it.”

Last week one of Feldner’s clients landed a 29-inch walleye that weighed 11 pounds and nine ounces.  The walleyes will be caught in random order, from 10 inches to 29, with many in the 20-inch range.  The shoreline breaks from 6 to 10 feet (sand to gravel) where almost imperceptible points stick out from shore seem to be concentrating the walleyes.  Tip-ups with fathead minnows are effective, as are Darters.  “Have a dead-stick with a minnow next to your Darter hole,” he said.  In North Dakota, ice anglers are allowed four lines.

Other reports from Devils Lake professional angler Johnnie Candle echo what Feldner and other fishermen are finding.  Candle said, “Walleyes are much shallower than past years, but limits every day in a few hours up to 22 inches are the rule for me.”  He said after 30 pike one day, he was tired of running.  “You don’t need four tip-ups to get all the exercise you want,” he said.  Local fisherman Al Freidig said, “The eaters from 13 to 16 inches are everywhere, but the bigger ones are mixed in with them.  I’ve been from 12 to 30 feet, and caught walleyes in every spot.”

Perch seem to be in two distinct groups.  The first group feeds like walleyes, biting best early and late in the day, while the second group feeds like “gentlemen,” biting best from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Feldner’s perch secrets are Lindy jigs with red plastic (imitating larvae) with a spike or waxxie (flutter them in place).  The other presentation is the Lindy 1/16th ounce Flyer spoon with a minnow head.  He uses what he calls a “shimmy-shake,” and vibrates the spoon in place with his rod tip.  “Fish this close to the bottom, and stay in a spot even if they move; they’ll be back in 15 minutes or so,” he said.

Pike anglers are setting tip-ups baited with herring or smelt from the shoreline shallows of 4-feet, out to about 10-feet.  When flags fly from one depth, concentrate all tip-ups at that depth.  A 40-incher was squeezed out of a hole last week.

The on-ice fishing reports are backed up by Randy Hiltner, Northeast North Dakota District Fisheries Supervisor, who has been in charge of Devils Lake for 20 years.  He said the test-netting efforts this past fall reflected the fourth highest walleye abundance in two decades.  “Many are from the 2009 year-class, the best ever in history. What we’re experiencing is a rising natural lake that’s good for spawning perch and pike, but the walleyes are doing very well also,” he said.

Hiltner said the continual flooding provides a great nursery for young-of-the-year fish and the trends are positive.  Devils Lake contains four main game species, perch, walleye, pike and white bass; all are at or above their long-term averages.  “Anglers catch good numbers of fish consistently,” he said, “Anyone can tie into a really big walleye or pike at any time.  Pike numbers and sizes keep increasing,” he said.    His research also shows that the late-fall perch test-netting catch rate was the highest since 2003, with fish to 15 ½ inches.

For information on Devils Lake ice conditions, activities, guides, or lodging and restaurants, check www.devilslakend.com, or call the Devils Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-233-8048.

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28th annual ice fishing tournament right on schedule

Posted: January 12, 2012

By Sue Kraft, Lifestyles Editor
Devils Lake, ND —

Fire Chief Jim Moe said he has heard rumors that the annual ice fishing tournament has been cancelled and has fielded numerous phone calls from concerned ticket holders — and he tells them all the same thing: The tournament will go on as planned.
“We’re right on schedule,” he said. “There’s 13 inches of ice, we have no reason to cancel at this point.”
He said the colder temperatures moving into the region have helped their case considerably, but they are still monitoring the ice closely.
“We will cancel if safety is a concern, but I really don’t see that happening,” he said.
The tournament has been held the last Saturday in January for the past 27 years, with the 28th annual landing on Jan. 28, 2012.
The tournament draws participants from area states and Canada and often sells out months before the tournament. The ticket sales were limited to 15,000 this year.
Prizes will be given out for the top five fish in each of three categories:

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