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Published August 14, 2012, 08:35 AM

North Dakota salmon anglers asked to turn over fish heads

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is asking salmon anglers to turn over fish heads to the agency so that tracking information can be retrieved from microscopic tags embedded in the fish's snouts.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is asking salmon anglers to turn over fish heads to the agency so that tracking information can be retrieved from microscopic tags embedded in the fish's snouts.

The agency says anglers can tell whether a fish has a coded tag by looking on its back. If it's missing the small adipose fin in front of the tail, the fish has a tag.

The agency says some young salmon were tagged before being stocked in Lake Sakakawea and the Missouri River.

Salmon can't reproduce naturally in Lake Sakakawea, so eggs are brought to the Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery and fish are raised there for stocking.

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