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Types of Fish in North Dakota

Black Bullhead
Bluegill
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Chinook Salmon
Crappie
Drum
Flathead Catfish
Green Sunfish
Largemouth Bass
Muskie
Northern Pike
Paddlefish
Pumpkinseed
Rainbow Trout
Rock Bass
Sauger
Shovelnose Sturgeon
Smallmouth Bass
Walleye
White Bass
Yellow Perch

North Dakota is a land dotted by lakes, yielding access to good fishing all across the state. Within its many lakes, smaller ponds, and various rivers, swim walleye, pike, bass, and more. With a low population density North Dakota not only has phenomenal scenic fishing, but more fish than people!

Walleye are one of North Dakota’s most favored species. The Missouri is an excellent walleye habitat, especially the central section. Lake Oahe, which is shared by the Dakotas, is great for not only trophy walleye but bass, salmon, and catfish, too. Annually there is a walleye run that occurs outside of Bismarck, which is not to be missed by any true walleye enthusiast.

Lake Sakakawea is the largest lake in North Dakota. It features walleye, bass, northern pike, trout, and salmon. Lake Sakakawea holds many state records from years ago, but the fishing is still excellent to this day. The most recent record was in smallmouth bass with a fish weighing just under seven pounds. For reliable chinook salmon at the right time of year, Lake Sakakawea is the place to go.

North Dakota prizes its northern pike. Lake Oahe is excellent pike country, where fish can exceed twenty pounds. Oahe is good for ice fishing for pike once winter hits. Lake Sakakawea gave up a record pike that has not been broken over four decades later, but it still has big ones in its waters, so maybe you can catch the next state record!

Devils Lake is known for its healthy population of pike. Devils Lake is a popular fishing lake within North Dakota, especially for northern pike and walleye. It is also one of few spots within North Dakota where you can angle for a striped bass. Devils Lake recently beat the state white bass record, too. This lake is known for good winter fishing opportunities and has ample space for ice fishing shacks.

The best trout fishing within North Dakota comes from the tailwaters of Garrison Dam. The rainbow, brown, and lake trout state records have all been caught in the tailwaters of the Garrison Dam. So has the chinook record! For trophies in North Dakota you need to come to Garrison Dam.

Paddlefish make for fun fishing in North Dakota. These large, ancient fish can surpass a hundred pounds easily. Yellowstone River and Lake Sakakawea are some of the best bets for paddlefish. The state record comes from the Upper Missouri River and weighed a hundred and thirty pounds. Paddlefish require an extra permit.

North Dakota requires all fisherpersons over the age of sixteen to have proper recreational licenses. Almost all licenses are annual, but non-residents also have the option for three or ten day fishing. Both residents and non-residents can opt for a married couples’ fishing license. Fees are less for residents who are seniors or disabled, and military personnel need no licensure while on leave. To qualify for residency you must have lived in North Dakota for at least six months. The first weekend of June is a free fishing weekend, but only for residents.
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Abbey Lake


Abbey Lake, just 1 miles from Richardton, North Dakota, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Abbey Lake include Taylor, Gladstone and Hebron. If Abbey Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Beaver Creek, Plum Creek, Antelope Creek, Green River, Buffalo Creek, Spring Creek, Branch Knife River, Government Creek, Jimmy Creek and Schaffner Creek.
Closest Cities : Richardton 1miles, Taylor 5miles, Gladstone 12miles, Hebron 12miles, Dickinson 22miles


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Adkinson Lake


Adkinson Lake, just 8 miles from Cleveland, North Dakota, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Adkinson Lake include Jamestown, Buchanan and Medina. If Adkinson Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Minneapolis Flats Creek, Pipestem Creek, Buffalo Creek, Cottontail Creek, Beaver Creek, Stony Brook, Dry Creek, Kelly Creek, Bone Hill Creek and Little Pipestem Creek.
Closest Cities : Cleveland 8miles, Jamestown 11miles, Buchanan 13miles, Medina 17miles, Pingree 19miles


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Alkali Lake


Alkali Lake, just 6 miles from Steele, North Dakota, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Alkali Lake include Dawson, Tappen and Braddock. If Alkali Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Goose Creek, West Branch Long Lake Creek, Hawk Creek, Long Lake Creek, West Branch Apple Creek, East Branch Apple Creek, Random Creek and Glencoe Creek.
Closest Cities : Steele 6miles, Dawson 7miles, Tappen 12miles, Braddock 18miles, Napoleon 18miles


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Alkali Lake


Alkali Lake, just 6 miles from Woodworth, North Dakota, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Alkali Lake include Pingree, Pettibone and Carrington. If Alkali Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Little Pipestem Creek, Stony Brook, Minneapolis Flats Creek, Kelly Creek, Scotts Slough, Rocky Run and Pipestem Creek.
Closest Cities : Woodworth 6miles, Pingree 14miles, Pettibone 15miles, Carrington 17miles, Sykeston 20miles


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Alkali Lake


Alkali Lake is located just 11 miles from Mercer, in North Dakota. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Alkali Lake include Butte, McClusky and Turtle Lake. If Alkali Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Spring Coulee, Snake Creek, Blacktail Coulee, Wolf Creek, Yanktonai Creek, Turtle Creek, Spring Creek, Turtle Creek (historical), Oak Creek and Goose Creek.
Closest Cities : Mercer 11miles, Butte 13miles, McClusky 14miles, Turtle Lake 14miles, Kief 15miles


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