North Dakota’s Best Fishing Spots
The Missouri River enters North Dakota from Montana just west of Williston. The free-flowing river offers a good setting for sauger in the spring and fall. And at the western reaches of the river in North Dakota, anglers can find one of the better spots in the country to snag a giant paddlefish in late spring.
Named for the American Indian woman who helped guide Lewis & Clark 200 years ago, this lake is filled by the Missouri River and contained by the Garrison Dam. The huge lake covers more shoreline than the state of California and is home to walleye, northern pike and Chinook salmon, to name a few.
The stretch of river is home to nationally renowned walleye fishing. And just south of Garrison Dam is an area known as the Tailrace, which is home to state records for Chinook salmon, brown trout, rainbow trout and cutthroat trout that were caught within 20 miles downstream of the dam.
This lake stretches from Pierre, S.D. into extreme and rural south-central North Dakota. Anglers can find walleye and northern pike in this area, but there’s also crappie, catfish and white bass swimming around.
The state’s largest natural body of water has roughly quadrupled in size since 1993, and fish populations have kept up. You'll find northern pike, walleye, white bass and crappie and excellent ice fishing in the winter.
Tucked within the scenic Turtle Mountains and straddling the U.S.-Canadian border, Lake Metigoshe is one of the cleanest natural fresh-water lakes in North Dakota. Its many surrounding small bodies of water are perfect for an afternoon on the water chasing pike, walleye and bluegills.
This eastern North Dakota lake boasts seven boat launches and 2,492 acres. It also features a stocked fishing pond and great walleye, crappie and pike fishing. Take a break from casting and check out the two swimming beaches, three miles of hard-surfaced walking and biking trails and the world-class disc golf course.
Forming the boundary between Minnesota and North Dakota, this river serves as one long recreational playground for canoeing, boating and fishing opportunities year-round.