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North Dakota Trout Fishing

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

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Trout fishing in North Dakota

ND Trout Fishing 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.

Visit the North Dakota Game & Fish Department for details regarding trout stocking in North Dakota.

Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.

North Dakota Trout Records

Rainbow trout fishing

The North Dakota state record brown trout, cutthroat trout, lake trout and rainbow trout all came out of Garrison Tailrace.

Fishing for trout in North Dakota

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

ND State Record: 21 lbs 4 oz

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout

World record: 41 lbs 0 oz

ND State Record: 10 lbs 1 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

ND State Record: 31 lbs 11 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

ND State Record: 16 lbs 6 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Additional trout fishing information

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.

Trout Conservation

Trout fishing waters and information, by state.


The habits of trout.

Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate North Dakota waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.

Fishing boats and boat rentals

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