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New state record smallmouth

Jim J

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A new state record smallmouth bass has been caught, the state Game and Fish Department says.


Bruce Elberg, of Burlington, caught a 6-pound, 13-ounce smallmouth from Lake Darling, northwest of Minot, on April 14, the department said. The smallmouth bass eclipsed the old record of 5 pounds, 15 ounces taken in 2003 at Spiritwood Lake.


The bass was the first entry on North Dakota's list of state record fish since 2005, the department said.


State fisheries chief Greg Power said smallmouth bass are thriving in North Dakota because of stocking efforts that began about 15 years ago. Most lakes and reservoirs where smallmouth bass were introduced now have self-sustaining populations, he said.

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