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North Dakota Game and Fish Department

To protect, conserve and enhance fish and wildlife populations and their habitat for sustained public use.

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Fishing News


  • ND Resident Free Fishing Weekend: June 1-2. Learn more.
  • Boat Ramp Maintenance/Construction Closures
    • Stober Lake (Sheridan County) - Closed May 28 for approximately 4 weeks.
    • Middle Eckelson Lake (Barnes County) – Closed May 20 for approximately 4 weeks.
    • Horsehead Lake (Kidder County) - Closed June 3 for approximately 4-5 weeks.
  • Spring catchable fish stocking list
  • 2024 Summer Fish Challenge - Try your hand at the classic, sportfish or rough fish (new this year) challenge this summer. Join the challenge.

Game and Fish Enforcement

Behind the Badge

A North Dakota Game Warden Blog

The Next Hill

Read Behind the Badge

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Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Research, programs and grants to support the conservation of North Dakota's habitats, fish and wildlife

State Wildlife Action Plan

Conservation Corner

Environmental Reviews

More Conservation Resources

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Landowner Programs

Financial and technical assistance to private landowners for habitat protection, enhancement and development

Programs/PLOTS

Landowner Resources

Meadowlark Initiative

More Private Lands Resources

North Dakota Outdoors

NDO Magazine

North Dakota Outdoors - May 2024

Bringing North Dakota Outdoors News Since 1931

Read Outdoors Magazine

The Drift

The Coolest Thing Ever

Read The Drift

NDO News

2024 Summer Fish Challenge

NDO Webcast

Boating Safety (2024)

NDO Podcast

Ep. 45 – Growing Walleyes is Like Farming Asparagus

Listen to Outdoors Podcast

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Working Together

Cooperative Conservation and Access Projects