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News 2013 ND Salmon Spawn Goal Reached


Jerry A

Best I can tell they are referring to Garrison Reservoir (later renamed Lake Sakakawea) and these would be nonindigenous Chinook (King) Salmon which have been stocked into the Missouri River and Lake Sakakawea (a man-made reservoir) in North Dakota since 1976 - according to Northern State University (Aberdeen, S.D.).

FYI :eek: I like big fish!
The South Dakota State Record Chinook (King) Salmon is 20 lbs. 4 oz - also according to Northern State University (Aberdeen, S.D.) but I located another reference where a Chinook (King) Salmon weighing 23 lbs 14 oz was caught by Keith West on Lake Oahe on 8/16/2003.

The North Dakota fishing records include Chinook (King) Salmon, 31 lbs 2 oz, Garrison Tailrace, Tom Schwartz, 1986.

I'm assuming that the same stocked fish inhabit the the Missouri River down into South Dakota's Lake Oahe.