Latest Lake Sakakawea Stories

2008-09-01 21:00:20

Something happened on the way to another long, dry season for the Missouri River System: Mother Nature smiled in her own quirky way, flooding the southern basin, spewing localized rainstorms and teasing us with mountain snowfall. As a result, moisture flowed into the river system. Anglers discovered something they hadn't experienced since almost the beginning of the new millennium. Lake Oahe reappeared in North Dakota. For the first time since at least 2003, the Missouri River wasn't a...

2008-08-28 18:00:30

By BRIAN GEHRING By BRIAN GEHRING Scott Hobbs remembers when there were boats lined up on both sides of Highway 200 in Pick City and his gas lanes were full. And that was before he turned the key to open his bait and tackle shop in the morning. That was more than a few years ago, when salmon fishing on Lake Sakakawea was in its heyday. But with nearly a decade of drought and dwindling water levels, the salmon fishery has suffered as much as the parched plains of the prairie. But...

2008-08-13 15:00:29

The state Game and Fish Department says curly leaf pondweed has been found in the McClusky Canal, near Lake Audubon. The invasive weed can cover the surface of water in the spring, interfering with boating, fishing and swimming. Officials say the curly leaf pondweed was found in the canal near McClusky in late July. Lynn Schlueter, the state's aquatic nuisance species coordinator, says the weed is not easy to control. The weed first came to America from Europe in the 1800s, and was...

2008-06-18 18:00:19

Most hunters are aware of bird bands. Those most familiar are the metallic leg bands on ducks and geese. The band will typically include instructions for reporting identifying numbers or letters related to the organization doing the research. Hunters have always embraced and understood their role in these scientific studies, and banded birds are usually considered as a special trophy by the hunters who harvest them. To a lesser extent, the same is true for fish, except that fish captured...

Word of the Day
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'