Fishing Virtual Mentor
Are you interested in trying fishing? You’re only four steps away!
1. Buy a License
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.
Who Needs a License?
- To legally fish in North Dakota state residents and nonresidents age 16 and older need a valid fishing licenses.
- Residents under age 16 may take and possess a limit of fish without a fishing license.
- Any nonresident under age 16 may take and possess a limit of fish without a nonresident fishing license if accompanied by an individual possessing a valid fishing license.
- Free Fishing Weekends: There are two free fishing weekends annually during which North Dakota residents can fish without a license.
What Will a License Cost Me?
If you are unsure if you meet North Dakota residency requirments for purchasing a license, take a look at our residency page.
2. Be Aware of the Regulations
North Dakota does its best to keep fishing regulations as simple as possible. Regulations are updated every two years and published in a fishing guide.
3. Gather Some Gear
Fishing doesn't have to be an expensive pastime. A simple, versatile spinning rod, spinning reel and monofilament fishing line setup can be used to catch a number of species while shore-fishing.
4. Find a Fishing Spot
There are over 400 actively managed fishing waters in North Dakota. You can choose from community fishing ponds, rural lakes and ponds, rivers and reservoirs.
For more fishing maps and data including stocking lists, cleaning station locations, lake contour maps, fishing piers and more see our Where to Fish page and use the "Map Tags" selection box to find the information you need.