Fishing - Be Ready

Find world-class fishing in the lakes and rivers of North Dakota.

If you ever thought of North Dakota as landlocked, you may be surprised to learn it’s a top destination for serious walleye anglers from far and wide. The state has more than 400 lakes and rivers offering exciting action for walleye, northern pike, perch and other game fish with seasons for most species open year-round.

Favorite fisheries include the Missouri River system and all or part of the United States’ two largest reservoirs by area: Lake Oahe reaching nearly to Bismarck from our southern border, and Lake Sakakawea reaching from the central plains nearly to the western border. Our largest natural lake, Devils Lake, attracts professional and amateur walleye anglers to tournaments where the action doesn’t seem to quit.