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Open Water Fishing Information

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

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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, boat ramps and more.

View Fishing Waters Maps and Information

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Paddlefish Snagging

Paddlefish snagging season begins May 1. Snagging requires an additional snagging license. The season may be closed early if the harvest limit is reached prior to the normal closing date.

Paddlefish Snagging Information

Paddlefish

Boating Information

Boat registration, safety regulations, boat access locations, etc.

Boating information

Boat on a lake

Virtual Fishing Mentor

Are you new to fishing or would like to learn more about 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


Check back in the spring for the 2022 open water fishing season previews.

More Fishing Information