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North Dakota Game and Fish Department Courtesy Photo Fathead minnows, sticklebacks and creek chubs are the only legal live baitfish species that can be used in most North Dakota waters.

Leier: North Dakota fisheries remain upbeat

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In 1988 I was a sophomore in high school, I was more than happy to catch a few perch, walleye or northern pike, and sometimes even bullheads.

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It seems I never had a problem finding the yellow-bellied, numerous-yet-undesirable fish, even when the number of fishing waters was half what it is now.

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