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.
North Dakota fishing regulations are updated every two years and published in a 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.
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.
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.
Aquatic Nuisance Species
Species, Regulations, Infested Waters, etc.
Tagged Fish Reporting
If you catch a tagged fish, please report the tag information.
Learn how to identify common North Dakota fish species
Learn how to remove Y bones from northern pike
Check back in the spring for the 2022 open water fishing season previews.