Biologists Hope Shad Boost Oahe Forage Base

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – State fisheries biologists in North Dakota and South Dakota are working together to stock Lake Oahe (oh-AW’-hee) with hundreds of adult gizzard shad, a food for game fish sought by anglers.
Last summer’s historic Missouri River flooding flushed a large number of young rainbow smelt through the Oahe Dam, drastically reducing what game fish such as walleye have to eat. North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department says high water flows and sediment-laden water also reduced the production of other forage fish.
Scott Gangl with Game and Fish says the shad stocking is aimed at giving the lake’s forage base “a little shot in the arm.” He says if the adults spawn successfully, young shad will be on the game fish menu by late June or early July.

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