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All about fishing for chinook salmon in ND.

Salmon fishing in North Dakota

In North Dakota there are limited options for salmon fishing. Lake Oahe, Lake Sakakawea and Garrison Tailrace are the primary waters stocked with salmon.

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Fishing for salmon in North Dakota

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon

World record: 97 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 31 lbs 2 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

North Dakota State Record Salmon

The state record chinook salmon came from Garrison Tailrace.

North Dakota Salmon Fishing

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies, as well as a variety of other lures and baits.

About The Pacific Salmon Family

Chinook are the largest member of the Pacific Salmon which are born in and remain in freshwater streams for the early years of life. The number varies by species. Afterward they migrate to the Pacific Ocean waters where they bulk up and prepare for their once in a lifetime spawning run up the freshwater stream where they were born. They will instinctively return to their birthplace, spawn and die. They are found in the streams which empty into the ocean, and adjoining ocean waters.

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies. For more details check here for articles about fly fishing.

Salmon Organizations

Atlantic Salmon Federation

Atlantic Salmon Trust

Atlantic Salmon Museum

Pacific Salmon Commission

Pacific Salmon Foundation


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Learn the life cycle of salmon

The more you know about the life cycle and seasonal migration of salmon, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit North Dakota salmon fishing waters. Visit the salmon fishing page for more information about the life cycle of the different species of salmon.

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