Fall fishing

Challenges abound on North Dakota waters

A never-ending fishing season offers ever-changing rewards

Catching fish in Government Bay on Lake Sakakawea

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 presentations change to keep the bite going. Fishing, however, remains excellent all along the big lake. 

The Missouri River below Garrison Dam through central North Dakota into Lake Oahe is a fishing hotbed all year. 

Anglers pull walleye out of our rivers and lakes all summer and are still doing so through the ice. 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. 

Click here for a list of guides and outfitters in North Dakota

Whatever your choice of fight, North Dakota has the battle for you. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has all the information you need to get started. 

Catching fish while Ice Fishing on Devils Lake

And don't worry when fall gives way to winter. Ice fishing is every bit as popular as open-water fishing. 

Click here for some of the state's most proven ice fishing spots