For the better part of 30 years, Cody Northrop has been fishing Lake Sakakawea, located 100 miles from his residence in South Heart, N.D. Recently, Northrop has been branching away from the 360,000-acre reservoir as he expands his tournament-fishing career. While he’s grown as an angler, Northrop also felt he was losing touch with his home water, specifically with how the influx of smelt has changed the lake. Today, he reconnected with his roots and won the third National Walleye…

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