- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) - A proposal from federal wildlife officials could lead to additional fishing opportunities in North Dakota.

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing opening four wildlife refuges for sport fishing in the Devils Lake area.

The proposed rule would allow sport fishing for the first time at the Ardoch National Wildlife Refuge, the Lake Alice National Wildlife Refuge, the Rose Lake National Wildlife Refuge and the Silver Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

The Wildlife Service will be accepting public comments on the proposed rule through July 13. The agency expects to make a final decision in early August.

Hoeven says North Dakota has a “rich tradition of outdoor recreation” and the new fishing opportunities “will help continue that tradition while also contributing to the state’s economy.”

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