Fishing Changes with the Seasons in North Dakota

A never-ending fishing season offers ever-changing rewards

Fishing techniques and locations change some based on the season, the weather and several other factors. The only sure thing about fishing in North Dakota is that the fish keep on biting. As Lake Sakakawea warms and cools, the bites and presentations change 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. 

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 the information you need to get started. Click here for some of the state's most proven fishing spots.

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