Hunting & Fishing

The late Tony Dean, host of nationally syndicated "Tony Dean Outdoors," said "There's no finer all-around fishing and hunting in America then you'll find within North Dakota's borders." There is legendary fishing for you in North Dakota, too.

Fishing in North Dakota

If it's catfish you're after, expect a fight on the Red River. For Chinook salmon, action heats up in the fall on the lower end of Lake Sakakawea, a 180-mile-long man-made lake backed up behind Garrison Dam. If it's open water and solitude you seek, you can find it in one of the many bays along the Lake Sakakawea shoreline. When the weather cools off, ice fishing heats up on Devils Lake. For jumbo perch, it's the place to be.

For high success and low competition, you'll also want to try Lake Ashtabula, Lake Metigoshe and other local favorite lakes and rivers in virtually every corner of the state. And perhaps best of all, fishing season never ends in North Dakota. Walleye, northern pike, bass, perch all are fair game be it spring, summer, fall or winter.

Hunting in North Dakota

North Dakota contains all the ingredients for legendary hunting: thousands of potholes producing the most ducks in the nation, millions of geese along the most intensely traveled migratory paths, abundant habitat for upland game birds and large game, and seemingly endless expanses of public and private land to hunt. It's hard to say just what it is that makes North Dakota a hunter's paradise. The answers are likely as diverse as the species sought by hunters who take to the field each year.

To some, the perfect day begins by waiting among decoys at sunrise, a cool breeze chilling the hands, and the sight of thousands of Canada or snow geese warming the soul. To others, it's a refreshing walk with a favorite dog among the rolling hills of western North Dakota, not knowing whether the next bird to flush will be a ring-necked pheasant, sharp-tailed grouse or Hungarian partridge. Others find satisfaction by tracking down a big mule deer buck up and down the draws or around the rims of deep, Badlands canyons, or by stalking whitetails in river bottoms and on the prairie. Whatever it is that leads you back into the fields each fall, you'll find it in North Dakota, a place where hunting legends are made.