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North Dakota Fishing

All about fishing in the Peace Garden State

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  • Lake Darling
  • Lake Metigoshe
  • Lake Oahe
  • Lake Sakakawea
  • Stump Lake
  • Buffalo Lodge Lake

Fishing lakes dot the entire state of North Dakota offering a variety of fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass, walleyes, crappies, perch and more. Ice fishing in winter presents additional fishing opportunities throughout North Dakota. Here, we will concentrate on the major lakes in ND.

Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, white bass, yellow perch, chinook salmon, muskie, northern pike, paddlefish, sauger, saugeye and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Major North Dakota Lakes

North Dakota major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major angling destinations, cross referencing these waters with the major species to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments.

For a detailed list of primary fish species in ND, plus state fish records, see the list below.

Lakes, sizes and locations in the state.

Arrowwood Lake is a 2,700-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Kensal.

Bowman-Haley Lake is a 1,700-acre lake in the southern border of the state, 12 miles south of Bowman.

Buffalo Lodge Lake is a 1,400-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 4 miles northeast of Granville.

Devils Lake is a 122,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Devils Lake.

Dry Lake is a 4,100-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Webster.

Jamestown Reservoir is a 2,000-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Jamestown.

Lake Ashtabula is a 5,400-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Luverne.

Lake Audubon is a 25,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Coleharbor.

Lake Darling is a 9,500-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Grano.

Lake Metigoshe is a 1,500-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 10 miles north of Bottineau.

Lake Oahe is a 370,000-acre lake in south-central ND, running south into SD.

Lake Sakakawea is a 368,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, stretching from Garrison to Williston.

Lake Tschida is a 5,000-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, 12 miles south of Glen Ullin.

Pipestem Lake is an 840-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Jamestown.

Powers Lake is a 1,600-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Powers Lake.

Stump Lake is a 15,000-acre lake in the eastern part of the state, at Toina.

Fish Species & State Records in North Dakota

Bass

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 8 lbs 8 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

State Record: 6 lbs 13 oz

Catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 42 lbs 1 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 29 lbs 6 oz

Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 3 lbs 4 oz*

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 3 lbs 4 oz*

Walleye

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 15 lbs 13 oz

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

State Record: 8 lbs 12 oz

Saugeye

Saugeye

World record: 15 lbs 6 oz

State Record: 12 lbs 0 oz

Trout

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 21 lbs 4 oz

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout

World record: 41 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 10 lbs 1 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 31 lbs 11 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 16 lbs 6 oz

Panfish

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 12 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

State Record: 4 lbs 10 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 15 oz

Salmon

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon

World record: 97 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 31 lbs 2 oz

Other species

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 46 lbs 8 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

State Record: 37 lbs 8 oz

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

World record: 144 lbs

State Record: 130 lbs 0 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 40 lbs 0 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

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Fishing Guides

You can find a listing of ND fishing guides here. If you are a fishing guide in North Dakota or know of a good resource, please send us information for consideration.

Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about fishing boats in North Dakota and other boating information.

State of ND Fishing Information

Click here to obtain a North Dakota Fishing License. For additional information about fishing in ND visit the Game and Fish Department, website.

Bass fishing book

Fish for big bass

Great largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers.

 

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