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All about fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, brown and lake trout in area lakes and streams.

Trout fishing in North Dakota

Trout Waters

Most of the trout caught in ND come from streams and rivers. Lake Oahe and Garrison Tailrace have healthy populations of trout, as does sections of The Missouri River.

Trout Species In The State

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

Click the images and links above for species details.

Select the best trout lures and baits

Trout spinners, crankbaits and jerkbaits work well for shallow, reasonably active fish. Salmon eggs, worms and prepared baits will work at virtually all depths.

North Dakota State Record Trout

The state record rainbow trout was caught from Garrison Tailrace.

The state record cutthroat trout was taken out of Garrison Tailrace.

The state record brown trout came from Garrison Tailrace.

The state record lake trout was caught in Garrison Tailrace.

Visit the ND Game & Fish Department for details regarding trout stocking in ND. Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.

Brown Trout
Brown trout being released.

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.

Additional trout fishing information

Trout Conservation
Trout Unlimited

 

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