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June 5, 2019

Despite some winter kill, fishing outlook bright for region

By Diane Newberry

Mike Peluso, a fishing guide on Lake Sakakawea, is looking forward to a long, profitable summer.
“It’s firing on all cylinders,” Peluso said of the lake. From Peluso’s viewpoint, the lake is returning to its “golden age” of the 1980’s and this summer, it will have “one of the largest walleye populations its had in its history.”   
In fact, the modern walleye population surpasses the golden age. In the last three years, the walleye abundance in Lake Sakakawea is the highest its been since North Dakota Game and Fish started keeping records in 1968 according to Missouri River System Fisheries Supervisor Dave Fryda.

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