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Ice Fishing Information and Tips

Fishing Licenses

Anyone age 16 and older fishing in North Dakota is required to have a fishing license.

Licenses are annual and valid from April 1 to March 31.

Purchase a License

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North Dakota fishing regulations are updated every two years and published in a fishing guide.

View Fishing Guide

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Where to Fish

Interactive and printable fishing waters maps and information are available to help you find the perfect fishing spot.

  • Fish stocking lists
  • Lake contour maps
  • Fisheries status updates
  • Cleaning stations
  • Boat ramps
  • Shore fishing access
  • Handicap accessible fishing sites
  • Other fishing information

View Fishing Waters Maps and Information

Fishing maps graphic

Darkhouse Spearfishing

Individuals age 16 and older who wish to participate in darkhouse spearfishing must first register with the Department.

Darkhouse Spearfishing Registration and Regulations

Pike in spearing ice hole

Ice Safety

Be prepared and learn how to stay safe on the ice before venturing out to ice fish.

Ice Safety Tips

Virtual Fishing Mentor

Are you new to fishing or would like to learn more about ice fishing equipment? Check out our Virtual Fishing Mentor equipment page to get started.

View Fishing Mentor

Miscellaneous Resources

Aquatic Nuisance Species

ANS - curly leaf pondweed

Species, Regulations, Infested Waters, etc.

ANS Information

Tagged Fish Reporting

Tagged walleye

If you catch a tagged fish, please report the tag information.

Report Tag

Fish ID

Yellow perch drawing

Learn how to identify common North Dakota fish species

What is this Fish?

Y Bones

Northern pike Y bone

Learn how to remove Y bones from northern pike

Y Bone Tutorial

Fish Recipes

Fish taco

Learn some new recipes

Fish Recipes

Legal Transport of Fillets

Legal Transport

Fishing guide cover with angler and fishing pole in background

Transporting Fillets
in North Dakota

How to Clean
a Walleye for Transport

Season Previews

(Last updated for the 2023/24 winter season)


South Central District

Southwest District

Northeast District

Devils Lake Basin

Southeast District

North Central District

Lake Sakakawea

Northwest District

More Fishing Information