March 24, 2011

Eyes on spring fishing at the tailrace

By Robyn Rohde, BHG News Service

The tailrace below Garrison Dam has been a cure for "fishing fever" all winter long. More recently, the waters of the tailrace have proven a medicine for open-water fishermen stricken with a severe case of "spring fever." "It’s a fun way to fish during the winter," Nick Kosenda said. "We come down here quite a bit." The Minot resident and his two buddies Lance Warner and his dad Herb Warner were one of many boats out on the open water last Friday. Nearly 45 trucks with boat trailers lined the east boat ramp that day. The threesome was pitching jigs with minnows on them and they were able to reel in seven good-sized walleye for their efforts. An angler can never be certain what he or she may catch at the tailrace. Walleye and sauger are usually targeted, but big brown and rainbow trout, burbot, paddlefish, sturgeon, whitefish, smallmouth bass and northern pike are among the fish lurking in tailrace waters.


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