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Walleye caught while ice fishing

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

Blank fishing license

Regulations

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

View Fishing Guide

Woman fishing with guide cover superimposed

Where to Fish

Interactive and printable fishing waters maps are available to help you find the perfect fishing spot. Maps include driving directions to managed fishing waters, lake contours, fish stocking history, fisheries status updates and more.

View Fishing Waters Maps and Information

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


Season Previews

(Last updated for the 2021/2022 winter season)



Overview



SE, NC, NE District Lakes



SC, NW, SW District Lakes



Lake Sakakawea/Devils Lake Complex



More Fishing Information