North Dakota is home to a wide variety of fish species and our fisheries department works hard to stock waters across the state for angler enjoyment.
To encourage exploration of North Dakota's fisheries, anglers can now take part in the North Dakota Fish Challenges!
To achieve the Classic Fish Challenge (first offered in 2022), anglers must catch (in North Dakota), photograph, and submit a photo of each of the four fish species:
- northern pike,
- yellow perch,
- smallmouth bass and
- channel catfish.
Sign Up for the Classic Challenge
To achieve the Sportfish Fish Challenge (new in 2023), anglers must catch (in North Dakota), photograph, and submit a photo of each of the four fish types:
- bass (largemouth, smallmouth or white)
- trout (rainbow or brown).
Sign Up for the Sportfish Challenge
How to Enter
Begin by signing up for the challenge(s) of your choice above.
Then each time you catch a challenge fish, let us know by filling out the online submission form and be sure to attach a photo of your catch (you can enter multiple challenge fish at one time if you'd prefer.)
When you have caught your last fish, check "Yes" next to the final question on the entry form indicating you have completed your challenge. Those who complete the challenge will receive a certificate and sticker.
(Contest Dates: May 1, 2023 - August 15, 2023)
The Fish - Classic Challenge
The Fish - Sportfish Challenge
(Temperate or True Bass Family)
Where to Fish
Not sure where to find the challenge fish species? Check out our Where to Fish page. You can search for a fishing water by the game fish species present.
See who has completed the challenge so far.