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
North Dakota fishing regulations are updated every two years and published in a fishing guide.
View Fishing Guide
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
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
Boat registration, safety regulations, boat access locations, etc.
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
Aquatic Nuisance Species
Species, Regulations, Infested Waters, etc.
Tagged Fish Reporting
If you catch a tagged fish, please report the tag information.
Legal Transport of Fillets
in North Dakota
How to Clean
a Walleye for Transport
(Last updated for the 2023 open water season)
North Dakota Outdoors Magazine
SC District Lakes and Missouri River
Devils Lake Complex, Red River
NC District Lakes, Lake Audubon
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