Something's Fishy in North Dakota

The never-ending fishing season in North Dakota heats up when it cools down

The fish are biting. What's new? The fish always are biting in North Dakota. Anglers are angling. Again, nothing new here. This is no April Fool's Day joke either - fishing season never closes in North Dakota, it just resets itself every April 1. On that day, you need to have an updated license but everything else remains the same. Most everything else that is. Anglers have been pulling walleye out of our rivers for weeks, and our lakes will be clear of hard water soon. Walleye might be the king - and 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, while the same popular species are found in most of North Dakota's smaller lakes and rivers. And for those seeking unique challenges, try snagging paddlefish in May at the Confluence near Williston, fly fishing smaller streams or hauling in whopper catfish from the Red River in the east. 

Whatever your choice of fight, North Dakota has the battle for you, whether you're long-lining on the big lake or casting crankbaits from a lake shore. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has all of the information you need to get started. Click here for some of the state's most proven fishing spots.

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