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Published April 16, 2013, 09:44 PM

Snow and ice have altered fishing plans

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- At this time a year ago, anglers were casting out there lines up and down the Red River in picture perfect conditions.

By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- At this time a year ago, anglers were casting out there lines up and down the Red River in picture perfect conditions.

But this spring, snow and ice have altered plans on the water.

And as our Jody Norstedt explains, fishing years like 2012 in the Red River Valley don't come around often.

Jerrene Bowman- Co-owner Fargo Bait and Tackle: "In 35 years, I don't think we've seen a year like that. We had such a nice, early spring.

Flooding wasn't severe or anything like that, so everybody was out early and out consistently.

This spring has been a lot different for Jerrene Bowman and her Fargo Bait and Tackle shop, not to mention area fishermen.

Bowman: It has been a lot slower this year with all the snow. The gate on the north dam hasn't opened yet. So, people are still having to walk in to get down in that area to fish.

While, the snow has been a nuisance, it could be a benefit in the long run for fisherman.

According to a study released by NDSU's agriculture department,last summer, was one of the driest in the last century for North Dakota. And that led to some tough conditions for fish spawning.

Bowman: If we don't have the water the river goes down. The pond and streams go down. It makes it tougher to fish or to be able to trap. We might actually see a shortage of minnows this year because we had such a drought this past summer and fall that they had a really hard time trapping this past winter. So if we don't get this precipitation it's going to affect the bait as far as getting any minnows in.

So, like it or not, this white stuff could help you land that big fish this summer.

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