Guide To Great Trout Fishing Locations In North Dakota
All about fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, brown and lake trout in area lakes and streams.
Most of the trout caught in ND come from streams and rivers. Lake Oahe and Garrison Tailrace have healthy populations of trout, as does sections of The Missouri River.
Trout Species In The State
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
Click the images and links above for species details.
Select the best trout lures and baits
Trout spinners, crankbaits and jerkbaits work well for shallow, reasonably active fish. Salmon eggs, worms and prepared baits will work at virtually all depths.
North Dakota State Record Trout
The state record rainbow trout was caught from Garrison Tailrace.
The state record cutthroat trout was taken out of Garrison Tailrace.
The state record brown trout came from Garrison Tailrace.
The state record lake trout was caught in Garrison Tailrace.
Visit the ND Game & Fish Department for details regarding trout stocking in ND. Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.
The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.
Additional trout fishing information
Trout locations and info, by state.
The habits of trout.
Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate North Dakota waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.