The North Dakota Game and Fish Department does not intend to revoke any fishing tournament permits for the remainder of this year unless the coronavirus pandemic warrants such a decision, the department said Monday.
According to Greg Power, fisheries chief for Game and Fish in Bismarck, the department sent a letter to all tournament sponsors with strong public safety recommendations, including physical distancing guidelines, for those who were still planning on conducting fishing tournaments.
Game and Fish had revoked fishing tournament permits for April and May because of COVID-19. No new fishing tournaments, beyond those currently permitted, will be allowed or rescheduled this year on the Missouri River, lakes Oahe and Sakakawea and Devils Lake including Stump Lake. The ruling means all fishing tournaments on tap beginning June 1 or later can go on as scheduled.
All tournament sponsors are urged to contact the respective managing entity of their tournament boat launching site to ensure there are no additional restrictions.