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Sakakawea, Oahe fish populations rebounding

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A fisheries official with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department says Lake Sakakawea and Lake Oahe are experiencing a turnaround in fish populations.

Scott Gangl says the drought years of the early 2000s hurt the fish populations in the Missouri River reservoirs because low water reduced spawning habitat and the forage base.

Gangl says the high water of recent years has improved habitat and boosted the smelt forage base.

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