Anglers Asked to Cooperate with Creel Surveys

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The state Game and Fish Department is currently conducting creel surveys on four North Dakota lakes. Anglers are asked to cooperate with creel clerks and answer questions honestly. Interviews only take a few minutes and information is kept confidential.

A summer creel survey at Odland Dam in Golden Valley County continues through September, and a winter creel begins in December and continues through March, 2009. Scott Gangl, fisheries management section leader, said this is the first creel survey held at Odland. “Information will allow us to evaluate the fishery and the special panfish regulation,” Gangl said.

Creel clerks will conduct interviews at Bowman-Haley Reservoir in Bowman County through September. Results will allow Game and Fish staff to evaluate changes in the fishery since the last creel survey in 1992.

A year-long creel survey at Alkaline Lake in Kidder County runs through April, 2009. “This survey, in conjunction with a tagging study, will provide information on harvest and exploitation of this newly-popular walleye fishery,” Gangl said.

A creel survey at Spiritwood Lake in Stutsman County is ongoing through September. Gangl said this survey will provide updated information since the last creel survey in 1996, and be used to evaluate the fishery and the special length regulations.

“In addition to the unique purposes specific to each lake, creel survey information is useful in assessing angler demographics, harvest and catch rates, catch-and-release information, and angling effort,” Gangl said.