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October2013

Summer fish cleaning stations closed

Posted: October 22, 2013

The fish cleaning stations are closed at Henegar, Six Mile and Lakewood Boat Landings as of today. The year-round fish cleaning station will be open for the remainder of the winter and is located on Highway 20 South.

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Ice Fishing Anglers Don’t Miss Out; $225,000 in Cash and Prizes on Devils Lake

Posted: October 21, 2013

Devils Lake Ice Fishing Tournament video

Watch the ice fishing tournament video (click the link to watch)

Before the lake even starts making ice, Devils Lake already has its thoughts on ice fishing; and ice fishing tournaments. Devils Lake is the largest natural lake in North Dakota and covers well over 200,000 acres.

The ice fishing season kicks off as soon as conditions permit, but officially with one of the biggest events in the area, the Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department Ice Fishing Tournament. The 30th annual event occurs January 25, 2014, and averages over 4,000 anglers out on the ice for the afternoon. With over $225,000 in fishing prizes and a massive 150-prize drawing, this perch, pike and walleye tournament is designed for family fun.

Fire Chief Jim Moe said the easy-to-fish contest on Six Mile Bay offers convenient parking within walking distance of the pre-drilled holes.  Third prize for largest perch wins a 2014 Ram Quad 1500 Express Truck.  Second place in the walleye division wins an $8,000 ATV, and the second place pike wins a $9,000 hard-shell ice shelter.  Cash prizes will also be paid to the top five places.

Tickets for the event go on sale every year in October and the 18,000 tickets go fast.

“This ice fishing tournament has a huge economic impact for the City of Devils Lake.  It fills up the motels and resorts, and the money raised comes back to the community,” said Suzie Kenner, Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director.  Jim Moe said, “This fund-raiser has helped buy some nice fire trucks and rescue equipment over the years.”  Also funded are local youth activities and scholarships.  More details are at dlvfdicefishingtourney.com.

Devils Lake fishing guides target perch, walleyes, white bass and pike.  To contact guides and for the latest lake conditions, fishing reports, lodging, activities, restaurants, tournament news and resorts, check www.devilslakend.com, or call 701-662-4903.

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This year marks the 30th annual Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department Ice Fishing Tourney in Devils Lake, North Dakota! So clear your calendar for Saturday, January 25th, 2014!

See what participants from last year’s event have to say about the experience! It’s fun for the whole family on a world-class walleye and perch fishery — with the possibility of winning some outstanding prizes — like a brand new F150, deluxe permanent fishhouse, ATVs, thousands of dollars in cash cards, all-expenses-paid vacations and much more! All proceeds fund charitable efforts in the Devils Lake community! Talk about a win-win! At $25 a ticket, sure seems like a no-brainer! Watch the ice fishing tournament video (click the link to watch)

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WPAs Opened to Hunting

Posted: October 14, 2013

North Dakota’s waterfowl production areas will be open to hunting on the pheasant opener after all. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday afternoon rescinded its closure of WPAs to public access, including hunting and fishing, effective immediately. That means the WPAs in North Dakota will be available to hunters for the state’s pheasant opener on Saturday, Oct. 12.

“The waterfowl production areas are important public lands for hunters,” said North Dakota Game and Fish Department Director Terry Steinwand. “We have been working hard all week toward the goal of having these areas back open by the pheasant opener, and we appreciate Service Director Dan Ashe’s reconsideration of their closure action.” The WPAs and national wildlife refuges in North Dakota and other states were closed to public access on Oct. 1 as a result of the federal government shutdown. National wildlife refuges in North Dakota remain closed, however, as today’s action by the Fish and Wildlife Service only affects WPAs.

Courtesy of North Dakota Game and Fish

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