Seasons Change, Fishing the Same in North Dakota

As temperatures cool off, tactics change, but fishing is the same

Days are already noticeably shorter and temperatures are beginning to cool down from their peak this summer. That means anglers are going to have to cram more fishing into less daylight and change tactics as the pattern for fish change. As Lake Sakakawea cools, the bite goes deeper and and you have to change presentations to keep the bite going. Fishing, however, remains excellent all along the big lake.

Continued higher river levels along the Missouri River below Garrison Dam through central North Dakota into Lake Oahe should result in continued good fishing all along the river. Anglers have been pulling walleye out of our rivers for weeks. Walleye is the king - the fish of choice - in North Dakota and can be found almost anywhere. But Lake Sakakawea is also prime for northern pike and salmon and trout.

Devils Lake is brimming with perch, bass, walleye and pike. Here, like on Lake Sakakawea, fish will begin to slowly alter their depths and cause anglers to switch patterns. Again, the fishing remains excellent.

For those seeking unique challenges, try fly fishing smaller streams or hauling in whopper catfish from the Red River in the east. 

Statewide, fish are still plentiful and the fishing pressure is low throughout the state, making it an amazing place to chase walleye, perch, pike and many other species. It doesn't matter what you’re after, you are likely to find it or something like it in one of our lakes or rivers. Click here for one source on current trends in North Dakota. Anglers should continue to have success throughout the state, but some places stick out. Click here for eight great fishing spots in North Dakota.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has all the information you need to get started.



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