Guide To Popular Choices For Great Fishing In North Dakota
All about fishing in the Peace Garden State
North Dakota offers a wide variety of fish species across its fishing waters, including warm water fisheries, cold water fisheries, ponds, lakes, and rivers. Anglers in North Dakota can enjoy a diverse range of fishing opportunities throughout the state.
Warm water fisheries in North Dakota are home to popular game fish species such as walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and various panfish. These fisheries provide ample opportunities for anglers to target these species and experience the thrill of reeling in their prized catches. Many warm water lakes and reservoirs in the state, such as Lake Sakakawea and Devils Lake, are renowned for their productive warm water fisheries.
In contrast, North Dakota also offers excellent cold water fisheries that are ideal for trout and salmon enthusiasts. Cold water lakes and streams in the state are stocked with species like rainbow trout, brown trout, and Chinook salmon. Anglers can enjoy fly fishing or spin fishing in these pristine waters, surrounded by the scenic beauty of North Dakota's natural landscapes. Lakes such as Lake Metigoshe and Lake Audubon are known for their cold water fisheries and draw anglers seeking these prized species.
Apart from larger bodies of water, North Dakota is also dotted with numerous ponds, small lakes, and rivers that provide fishing opportunities. These smaller water bodies often harbor a variety of fish species including panfish like bluegill, yellow perch, crappie, and sunfish. Anglers can enjoy casting their lines in these peaceful waters, especially in rural areas where hidden gems await.
With its diverse range of warm water fisheries, cold water fisheries, ponds, lakes, and rivers, North Dakota offers something for every angler. Whether you're chasing trophy walleye, battling feisty bass, or casting for trout in a peaceful stream, North Dakota's fishing scene is sure to satisfy anglers of all skill levels and preferences.
Fishing lakes dot the entire state of North Dakota offering a variety of fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass, walleyes, crappies, perch and more. Ice fishing in winter presents additional fishing opportunities throughout North Dakota. Here, we will concentrate on the major lakes in ND.
Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, white bass, yellow perch, chinook salmon, muskie, northern pike, paddlefish, sauger, saugeye and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.
Major North Dakota Lakes & Species
Lake & Fish Chart
This chart shows the major angling destinations, cross referencing these waters with the major species to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. Many of these lakes offer fishing boats for rent.
For a detailed list of primary fish species in ND, plus state fish records, see the list below.
Fishing lake sizes and locations in the state.
Arrowwood Lake is a 2,700-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Kensal.
Bowman-Haley Lake is a 1,700-acre lake in the southern border of the state, 12 miles south of Bowman.
Buffalo Lodge Lake is a 1,400-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 4 miles northeast of Granville.
Devils Lake is a 122,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Devils Lake.
Dry Lake is a 4,100-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Webster.
Jamestown Reservoir is a 2,000-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Jamestown.
Lake Ashtabula is a 5,400-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Luverne.
Lake Audubon is a 25,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Coleharbor.
Lake Darling is a 9,500-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Grano.
Lake Metigoshe is a 1,500-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 10 miles north of Bottineau.
Lake Oahe is a 370,000-acre lake in south-central ND, running south into SD.
Lake Sakakawea is a 368,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, stretching from Garrison to Williston.
Lake Tschida is a 5,000-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, 12 miles south of Glen Ullin.
Pipestem Lake is an 840-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Jamestown.
Powers Lake is a 1,600-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Powers Lake.
Stump Lake is a 15,000-acre lake in the eastern part of the state, at Toina.
Fish Species & State Records in North Dakota
World record: 22 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 8 lbs 8 oz
World record: 11 lbs 15 oz
State Record: 6 lbs 13 oz
World record: 58 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 42 lbs 1 oz
World record: 123 lbs 9 oz
State Record: 29 lbs 6 oz
World record: 6 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 3 lbs 4 oz*
World record: 5 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 3 lbs 4 oz*
World record: 25 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 15 lbs 13 oz
World record: 17 lbs 7 oz
State Record: 8 lbs 12 oz
World record: 15 lbs 6 oz
State Record: 12 lbs 0 oz
World record: 42 lbs 2 oz
State Record: 21 lbs 4 oz
World record: 41 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 10 lbs 1 oz
World record: 40 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 31 lbs 11 oz
World record: 72 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 16 lbs 6 oz
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 12 oz
World record: 6.8 lbs
State Record: 4 lbs 10 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 15 oz
World record: 97 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 31 lbs 2 oz
World record: 69 lbs 9 oz
State Record: 46 lbs 8 oz
World record: 55 lbs 1 oz
State Record: 37 lbs 8 oz
World record: 144 lbs
State Record: 130 lbs 0 oz
World record: 51 lbs 2 oz
State Record: 40 lbs 0 oz
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State of ND Fishing Information
Fish for big bass
Great largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers.
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