Regional Reports-Midwest

Garrison Tailrace

Cutthroats are growing like crazy in the Garrison Tailrace on the Missouri River. First stocked in 1999, the fish are packing on the pounds in the forage-rich tailwaters of Lake Sakakawea. Last year, the state record was broken 10 times, with some cutts topping seven pounds. This year, North Dakota fisheries chief Terry Steinwand expects the record will be broken again and again, and feels some cutts will top the 10-pound mark in 2001. "This stocking program has succeeded beyond our wildest dreams," he says.April and May are the prime fishing months. The best place to find cutthroats is in the first 500 yards downstream from the closed area below the dam. Steinwand says his department plans to stock cutthroats in the tailrace every other year. Feeding on the smelt that wash downstream from Sakakawea, these fish have the potential to reach enormous sizes. Contact: North Dakota Game and Fish Department (701-328-6300).