Seasons Change, Fishing the Same in North Dakota

Did you hear? Fishing season never closes in North Dakota


Fishing is a popular year-round activity in North Dakota. The "new" season officially opens on April 1 of each year, although it never really closes. Opening day is symbolic and is the date on which new licenses are required. It also is the date every two years on which new rules and regulations go into effect. That happens to be this year. Beginning on April 1, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has relaxed rules on the taking of walleye. It has completely done away with size limitations that had been in effect on some bodies of water meaning any size walleye can be taken anywhere. Click here for new regulations before heading out. Watch as Game and Fish Fisheries Division Chief Greg Power discusses the changes anglers will see

The 2018-2020 North Dakota Fishing Guide can be found here. It contains details like species and access to all fishing waters in North Dakota. That includes our largest bodies of water: Lake Sakakawea, Lake Oahe, the Missouri River, Devils Lake and Lake Ashtabula, all of which are expecting excellent season based on data. Statewide, fish are still plentiful and the fishing pressure is low, making it an amazing place to chase walleye, perch, pike and many other species. It doesn't matter what you’re after, you are likely to find it or something like it in one of our lakes or rivers. Click here for one source on current trends in North Dakota. Anglers should continue to have success throughout the state, but some places stick out. Click here for eight great fishing spots in North Dakota.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has all the information you need to get started.