Anglers can help ﬁsheries managers by reporting information from any tagged ﬁsh they catch.
Most tagged fish in North Dakota, except salmon, will have either a small metal tag attached near the dorsal ﬁn, or a metal tag on the jaw bone (see below). Tagged salmon have their adipose ﬁn removed and also have a microscopic coded wire tag embedded in their head. If you catch a salmon that’s missing its adipose ﬁn, you can drop off the entire head at Game and Fish ofﬁces or at bait shops in Riverdale and Pick City.
Please treat tagged fish like any other fish – you are not required to release the fish, except where a harvest regulation requires you to do so. If you release the fish, do not remove the tag, but do record the information from the tag to report it later. Important information to report includes species, length (inches), when and where the ﬁsh was caught, and the tag number/color. Anglers who include their name and address will receive a brief history of the ﬁsh they caught from the local ﬁsheries biologist.
There are various means to report a tagged ﬁsh. Some tags include a phone number you can call to report a tag. Other options include this tag reporting page, sending in a tag reporting card, or simply calling any Department office to report the information over the phone.
(If you have problems accessing the form below, please use the direct link here.)