The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says this year's salmon spawning operation on Lake Sakakawea was a success.
Fisheries crews collected 1.9 million eggs, easily surpassing the goal of 900,000 eggs. That enabled Game and Fish to give some eggs to South Dakota and Montana.
Biologist Russell Kinzler says two-thirds of the eggs came from Lake Sakakawea and the remainder from the Missouri River below Garrison Dam.
Salmon can't naturally reproduce in North Dakota. Officials collect eggs, raise the young salmon at the Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery near Riverdale and then stock the fish. Kinzler says the agency plans to stock 200,000 salmon in Lake Sakakawea next year.
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