- Associated Press - Thursday, March 31, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Friday kicks off the new fishing season in North Dakota.

New annual fishing licenses are required every April 1. They’re good until the following March 31.

As this year’s season gets underway, the Game and Fish Department is reminding anglers that live white suckers aren’t legal baitfish anywhere in North Dakota except the Bois de Sioux and Red rivers.

Fisheries Chief Greg Power says the regulation has been in place for most water bodies in the state for more than 20 years. But every spring Game and Fish gets questions from anglers wondering if they can use live white suckers for early ice-out northern pike fishing.

Anglers also are reminded that live baitfish or other live aquatic bait such as leeches can’t be brought from another state into North Dakota.

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