Lake Sakakawea's diverse offering means you can land anything from salmon to walleye along its 180 miles.
Racing to the favorite fishing hole
Aerial view of Lake Sakakawea, which has more shoreline than the state of California.
Devils Lake is a recreational hotspot and nationally known fishery.
Fishing on the Missouri River
A sailboat docks along the shore of Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota.
Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor activities in North Dakota
Last cast
Nice perch caught ice fishing on Devils Lake


North Dakota is famous for its lakes and rivers. Walleye fishing here is among the best you'll find but there are other whoppers out there: northern pike, bass, perch and even catfish.

Are you ready for the outdoor adventure of a lifetime? Anglers will find thrilling opportunities to pursue their passion in North Dakota.  Click here for the 2022-24 Fishing Guide on the great fishing here in North Dakota or click here for 8 great fishing holes.

Fishing in North Dakota is seasonal. There's open-water season and ice-fishing season. Between them, there are no opening or closing dates in North Dakota - except for paddlefish at the confluence. Fishing licenses are valid for one year starting April 1 and ending March 31 of the following year. Anglers must possess a valid fishing license for the respective season and residents and nonresidents age 16 and older do need fishing licenses.

Fishing in North Dakota is as diverse as the anglers. Its offerings range from the popular walleye to northern pike to perch and bass or salmon. There are trout in Lake Sakakawea and big ol' catfish in the Red River. Whatever your choice of fishing, North Dakota has the a spot for you, whether you're long-lining on the big lake, casting crankbaits from a lake shore or dropping a line through the ice.

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Drop a line

Anywhere in North Dakota

Spring, summer, fall or winter, North Dakota has a fishing adventure for ever angler. Open-water or ice fishing; trolling or shore casting; just drop a line, you'll be glad you did.