Fishing Waters Report

Authors and Contributors

Various

North Dakota now has more than 420 fishing waters that have public access and some degree of management by state Game and Fish Department biologists.

What follows are driving directions and infrastructure information for these managed waters, plus additional fish population remarks for many of them.

The number in parenthesis that follows each fishery is simply a code used by biologists to help identify those waters. The codes are also found on the accompanying maps to help readers locate specific waters.

The fishery outlooks provided by Game and Fish Department district fisheries supervisors and biologists are not all-inclusive reports, but rather a summary of each water’s fish populations to help frame angler expectations. With a record number of lakes scattered across North Dakota, fisheries biologists have yet to conduct thorough population assessments on many of these waters.

Any changes and updates on managed lakes appear on the "Where to Fish" page.

Most state public fishing waters have boat ramps. Lakes or rivers where no ramp exists are listed as “no ramp.” Check signs at each area for further restrictions.


Click on a thumbnail to go directly to that district's report.

NW Thumbnail NC Thumbnail NE Thumbnail

SW Thumbnail SC Thumbnail SE Thumbnail

Devils Lake Basin  |  Missouri River System


FISHERIES BY DISTRICT

NW District Map Click for a larger image.

NORTHWEST FISHERIES DISTRICT

Aaron Slominski, district fisheries biologist, Williston

  • BURKE COUNTY
  • Northgate Dam (097) - 6 miles north, 1 mile west, 2 miles north, .5 miles west of Bowbells. Good populations of walleye, rainbow trout and bluegill. Fair number of black crappie and a few largemouth bass. (Fishing pier).
  • Powers Lake (093) - Southeast side of Powers Lake. Pike in good numbers and a variety of sizes. (Fishing pier).
  • Short Creek Dam (094) - 5.5 miles north of Columbus. Fair populations of pike, walleye, perch and bluegill. (Fishing pier).
  • Smishek Lake (095) - 4 miles northwest of Powers Lake. Good number of perch and a few large bluegill. Also a fair number of walleye and pike, with a few big fish of both species. White suckers fairly abundant and a management problem. (Fishing pier).
  • DIVIDE COUNTY
  • Baukol-Noonan Dam (475) - 2 miles east, .5 miles south of Noonan. Primarily rainbow trout, along with some walleye and largemouth bass. Small yellow perch and bluegill present. (Fishing pier).
  • Skjermo Lake (126) - 3 miles west, 4 miles northwest of Fortuna. Strong pike population and a fair number of perch. Stocked with adult bluegill in 2016. (Fishing pier).
  • MCKENZIE COUNTY
  • Arnegard Dam (216) - .5 miles west, 3 miles north, 1.5 miles southwest of Arnegard. Primarily pike, with some larger fish. Some adult perch and an abundance of black bullhead. Stocked with adult catfish in 2016. (Fishing pier).
  • Leland Dam (469) - 11 miles south, 8 miles west, 8 miles south, 2 miles southeast, 1.5 miles east, 1 mile north of Alexander. Strong bluegill and largemouth bass populations. Lack of public use facilities and difficult access at times tend to limit use.
  • Sather Dam (217) - 11 miles south, 8 miles west of Alexander. Good number of smaller bluegill and largemouth bass. (Fishing pier).
  • Watford City Park Pond (640) - Southeast side of Watford City. All fish lost to winterkill nearly every winter. Stocked annually in spring with adult channel catfish and catchable rainbow trout. (Fishing pier, no ramp).
  • MOUNTRAIL COUNTY
  • Clearwater Lake (248) - 2 miles east, 3.8 miles north, .5 miles east, 3 miles
  • north-northeast, .5 miles east of Stanley. Strong population of 2- to 4-pound northern pike and a few smaller perch. Walleye stocked in 2016.
  • Stanley Pond (245) - Northeast side of Stanley. Suffers significant winterkill most winters. Stocked annually in spring with adult channel catfish and catchable rainbow trout. (Fishing pier).
  • Stanley Reservoir (251) - 1 mile south of Stanley. Good number of small northern pike.
  • White Earth Dam (249) - 6 miles north, 8.5 miles east, 2 miles south of Tioga. Fishery consists primarily of northern pike, but also a fair number of walleye, perch, a few black crappie and some large bluegill. White suckers are fairly abundant and a management problem. (Fishing pier).
  • RENVILLE COUNTY
  • Lake Darling (285) - 16 miles north, 13 miles west of Minot. Strong northern pike, walleye and yellow perch populations and a few smallmouth bass. Black bullhead are extremely abundant and a management problem. (Fishing pier).
  • WILLIAMS COUNTY
  • Blacktail Dam (373) - 5 miles north, 5 miles west, 1 mile north of the junction of U.S. highways 2 and 85. Good number of pike, perch and bluegill, and a fair number of walleye and smallmouth bass. White suckers fairly abundant and remain a management concern. (Fishing pier).
  • Cottonwood Lake (381) - 1 mile east, .5 miles north of Alamo. Good pike fishery, with a variety of sizes. Perch abundant, though most are smaller. Walleye stocked in 2016. (Fishing pier).
  • East Spring Lake Pond (380) - North side of Williston. Winterkills every year. Adult northern pike stocked annually. (Fishing pier, no ramp).
  • Epping-Springbrook Dam (374) - 1.5 miles east of Springbrook. Fair populations of northern pike, walleye and perch. Black bullhead abundant and a management problem. The lake was drawn down in 2016 for spillway repairs and remained low throughout winter of 2016-17. With adequate spring runoff the lake should fill and the boat ramp will hopefully be useable this summer.
  • Kettle Lake (099) - 3 miles east, 2.5 miles north of Zahl. Primarily a rainbow trout fishery, but also contains some brown trout and largemouth bass. Small perch abundant. (Fishing pier).
  • Kota-Ray Dam (376) - 5 miles south, .5 miles east, 2 miles south of Ray. Primarily a rainbow trout, largemouth bass, perch and bluegill fishery, but also contains some walleye and smallmouth bass. A few large walleye. (Fishing pier).
  • Little Muddy River (393) - East edge of Williston. Highly dependent on high water levels and fish movement from upper Missouri River. Fair populations of northern pike and channel catfish, with many other species present. (Fishing pier).
  • McGregor Dam (378) - 1 mile south of McGregor. Good number of walleye, yellow perch and rainbow trout. (Fishing pier).
  • McLeod (Ray) Reservoir (377) - Southwest side of Ray. Good walleye population, some nice perch and abundant small pike. Bluegill present. (Fishing pier).
  • Tioga Dam (379) - North side of Tioga. Primarily a pike fishery, although a few perch and bluegill present. (Fishing pier).
  • Trenton Lake (018) - South side of Trenton. Good number of northern pike, crappie and channel catfish. Due to periodic interconnection with the Missouri River, many other species also present. (Fishing pier).
  • West Spring Lake Pond (033) - North edge of Williston. Stocked annually with rainbow trout and adult catfish. Black bullhead abundant and a serious management problem. (No ramp).
  • RIVERS AND LAKES
  • Upper Missouri River (014) - Missouri River from Williston to Montana state line. Primarily a spring and fall fishery for sauger and walleye, but increasing angling effort targeting abundant channel catfish and pike populations. Many other species present.
  • Yellowstone River (019) - Near towns of Buford, Cartwright and Fairview. Primarily a spring and fall fishery for sauger and walleye, but increasing angling effort targeting abundant channel catfish and pike. Many other species present. (Fishing pier).

SW District Map Click for a larger image.

SOUTHWEST FISHERIES DISTRICT

Jeff Hendrickson, district fisheries supervisor, Dickinson

  • ADAMS COUNTY
  • Mirror Lake (040) - South side of Hettinger. Good number of catfish up to 7 pounds. Some small pike up to 1 pound. Abundant bullhead up to three-quarters of a pound. (Fishing pier).
  • North Lemmon (042) - 5 miles north of Lemmon, South Dakota. Rainbow trout stocked annually. Small brown trout present. Abundant small yellow perch. Fair number of bluegill up to a half-pound, fair number of largemouth bass up to 4 pounds and some walleye up to 10 pounds. (Fishing pier).
  • BOWMAN COUNTY
  • Bowman-Haley Dam (085) - 11 miles south, 8 miles east, 2 miles south of Bowman. Good number of walleye up to 9 pounds, northern pike up to 13 pounds, white bass up to 1 pound and smallmouth bass up to 1.5 pounds. Some yellow perch and crappie up to nearly 1 pound. Abundant large carp up to 18 pounds, good for bowfishing. (Fishing pier).
  • Gascoyne Lake (086) - 1.5 miles northwest of Gascoyne. Pike stocked annually, with some fish up to 4 pounds. Perch stocked in 2014. Small carp, bullhead and green sunfish abundant at times.
  • Kalina Dam (087) - 2 miles west, 1 mile south, 1 mile west, 1 mile south of Bowman. Abundant pike up to 11 pounds and bluegill up to 1 pound. Some small perch and crappie. Make sure to access lake from south shore. (No ramp).
  • Lutz Dam (519) - 2.5 miles south, 2 miles west, .75 miles north of Griffin. Rainbow trout stocked annually. Winterkilled recently. Abundant bluegill and crappie up to a quarter-pound. Small adult largemouth bass stocked in 2012. (No ramp).
  • Spring Lake (088) - 1 mile south, 4 miles west of Rhame. Good number of pike up to 4 pounds and perch up to a half-pound.
  • DUNN COUNTY
  • Dvorak Dam (132) - 3.5 miles south, 5 miles east, .5 miles north of Manning. Yellow perch stocked in 2009. (No ramp).
  • Lake Ilo (131) - 1 mile west, 1 mile south of Dunn Center. Abundant pike up to 10 pounds, some perch up to a half-pound. (Fishing pier).
  • GOLDEN VALLEY COUNTY
  • Beach City Pond (657) - Southwest side of Beach. Rainbow trout stocked annually. (Fishing pier, no ramp).
  • Camels Hump Lake (150) - Northeast of Sentinel Butte I-94 Exit 10. Rainbow trout stocked annually, with some up to 2 pounds. Abundant largemouth bass are mostly small, with some up to 5 pounds and bluegill up to a three-quarters of a pound. Some brown trout and smallmouth bass.
  • Odland Dam (151) - 7 miles north of Beach. Abundant perch up to 1 pound and bluegill up to 1 pound. Abundant young walleye, with some up to a quarter-pound. Winterkill likely occurred in winter 2017. (Fishing pier).
  • Williams Creek Dam (152) - 7 miles south, 5 miles east, 2 miles south of Golva. Fair number of bluegill, with some up to 1 pound. Some largemouth bass up to 2 pounds and small green sunfish. Winterkill likely occurred in winter 2017. (No ramp).
  • GRANT COUNTY
  • Heart Butte Reservoir (160) - 15 miles south of Glen Ullin. Good number of mostly small walleye, with some fish up to 8 pounds, catfish up to 10 pounds, pike up to 10 pounds, white bass up to 2 pounds, perch up to 1 pound and smallmouth bass up to 3 pounds. Some crappie up to 1 pound and bluegill up to three-quarters of a pound. Abundant large buffalo up to 25 pounds and some large carp up to 14 pounds. (Fishing pier).
  • Sheep Creek Dam (164) - 4 miles south, .5 miles west of Elgin. Rainbow trout stocked annually, with some up to 2 pounds. Abundant bluegill up to a half-pound and crappie up to a half-pound. Fair number of largemouth bass up to 5 pounds. Some walleye up to 4 pounds, brown trout up to 2 pounds and smallmouth bass up to 1 pound. (Fishing pier).
  • HETTINGER COUNTY
  • Blickensderfer Dam (176) - 4 miles south, 1 mile east, .5 miles south of Mott. Abundant small bluegill, with some up to 1 pound. Some walleye up to 5 pounds, northern pike up to 8 pounds and small perch. (No ramp).
  • Castle Rock Dam (174) - 2 miles west, 1.5 miles south, 1.5 miles west of Mott. Rainbow trout stocked annually. Some trout up to 2 pounds.
  • Indian Creek Dam (171) - 1.5 miles west, 2 miles south, 2 miles west, 3 miles south of Regent. Walleye abundant up to 10 pounds, small perch, with some up to a half-pound, and bluegill up to 1 pound. Some smallmouth bass up to 2 pounds and largemouth bass up to 1 pound. (Fishing pier).
  • Larson Lake (173) - .5 miles north and 2 miles east of Regent. Abundant pike up to 5 pounds and perch up to 1 pound.
  • Mott Watershed Dam (175) - North side of Mott. Rainbow trout stocked annually, with some up to 2 pounds. Abundant bluegill up to 1 pound. Abundant small largemouth bass, with a few up to 3 pounds. (Fishing pier).
  • MORTON COUNTY
  • Danzig Dam (243) - 2 miles north, 1.4 miles west, .2 miles north of I-94 Exit 120. Some northern pike up to 4 pounds, walleye up to a half-pound, small perch and bluegill up to three-quarters of a pound. Abundant carp up to 4 pounds and bullhead up to a half-pound.
  • Gaebe Pond (025) - 1.5 miles west of New Salem. Rainbow trout stocked annually. Adult catfish up to 5 pounds stocked most years. Some small perch and bluegill. (Fishing pier, no ramp).
  • Krieg’s Pond (705) - .5 miles east of Hebron. Rainbow trout stocked annually. Adult perch stocked most years. Adult catfish stocked in 2015-16. (No ramp).
  • SIOUX COUNTY
  • Larson Lake (090) - 4 miles north, 1 mile west of Thunderhawk, South Dakota. History of winterkill. Largemouth bass and bluegill stocked in 2009. (No ramp).
  • SLOPE COUNTY
  • Cedar Lake (322) - 13 miles north, 2 miles west of Reeder. Winterkills often. Some northern pike up to 7 pounds, catfish up to 4 pounds and perch up to a half-pound. Removed 90 percent of bullhead population in 2015. Abundant carp up to 5 pounds. Winterkill likely occurred in winter 2017.
  • Davis Dam (323) - 16 miles west, 4 miles north of Amidon. Rainbow trout stocked annually, with some up to 1.5 pounds. Fair number of bluegill up to three-quarters of a pound and largemouth bass up to 2 pounds.
  • STARK COUNTY
  • Belfield Pond (332) - Southwest side of Belfield. Rainbow trout stocked annually. Catfish up to 5 pounds stocked most years. Some perch and bluegill up to a half-pound. Abundant green sunfish up to a quarter-pound. (Fishing pier).
  • Dassinger Pond (328) - 8 miles south, 1 mile east, .8 miles north of I-94 Exit 72. Walk through the gate 500 yards northwest. Adult largemouth bass and bluegill stocked as needed. (No ramp).
  • Dickinson Dike (331) - Southwest side of Dickinson. Rainbow trout stocked annually, cutthroat trout stocked in 2016. Adult catfish up to 5 pounds stocked most years. Fair number of largemouth bass up to 4 pounds and small bluegill. (Fishing pier).
  • Dickinson Reservoir (330) - 2 miles west of Dickinson. Good number of walleye up to 4 pounds, northern pike up to 12 pounds, yellow perch up to 1 pound, bluegill up three-quarters of a pound. Some crappie up to a half-pound and catfish up to 15 pounds. Many large bullhead. (Fishing pier).
  • Slater Pond (503) - From I-94 Exit 84, .75 miles north, 1 mile east, .5 miles north, .5 miles east. Rainbow trout stocked annually. Abundant small perch. (No ramp).
  • RIVERS AND LAKES
  • Cannonball River (388) - In Slope, Hettinger, Grant and Sioux counties. Carp abundant most of the time. Some walleye, northern pike and catfish during spring spawning. (No ramp).
  • Heart River (390) - In Stark, Grant and Morton counties. Abundant carp and buffalo most of the time. Some walleye, northern pike and catfish during spring spawning. (No ramp).
  • Little Missouri River (410) - Southwestern part of state. Abundant catfish up to 10 pounds. Some sauger and walleye during spring spawning. (No ramp).

NC District Map Click for a larger image.

NORTH CENTRAL FISHERIES DISTRICT

Jason Lee, district fisheries supervisor, Riverdale

  • BOTTINEAU COUNTY
  • Boundary Lake (083) - 9 miles north, 11 miles east, 2.5 miles north of Bottineau. Decent number of 6- to 8-inch perch. (No ramp).
  • Carbury Dam (452) - 1 mile south, 1 mile west of Carbury. Decent number of 16- to 25-inch pike. (Fishing pier).
  • Lake Metigoshe (077) - 9 miles north, 4 miles east, 1 mile north of Bottineau. Holds several sizes of bluegill, including some large fish, along with some nice crappie. Good number of walleye, with a wide range of sizes. Good pike fishing, with some large fish. (Fishing pier).
  • Long Lake (078) - 8 miles north, 7 miles east, 1 mile south, 1 mile east, .5 miles south, .3 miles east of Bottineau. Decent pike and walleye populations. Lots of small perch, and occasionally produces some big bluegill.
  • Loon Lake (674) - 9 miles north, 4 miles east, 2 miles south, 2 miles east, .5 miles north of Bottineau. Fairly new perch fishery, with high perch numbers and some larger fish. (No ramp).
  • Pelican Lake (079) - 9 miles north, 8 miles east, .5 miles southwest of Bottineau. Decent number of northern pike.
  • Strawberry Lake (081) - 4 miles north, 2.5 miles east, .5 miles south of Carbury. Rainbow trout stocked annually. (Fishing pier).
  • Thompson Lake (074) - 9 miles north, 4 miles east, 2 miles south, 1 mile east, 1 mile south of Bottineau. Yellow perch stocked in 2012. (No ramp).
  • BURLEIGH COUNTY
  • New Johns Lake (750) - 11.8 miles south, 3 miles east of Mercer. Decent walleye numbers, with some larger fish. Pike numbers increased in recent years. Good number and sizes of smallmouth bass. Periodically stocked with muskie. (Fishing pier).
  • MCHENRY COUNTY
  • Bentley Lake (129) - 3 miles west of Drake. Fair number of small pike and some perch. (No ramp).
  • Buffalo Lodge Lake (205) - 1 mile east, 3 miles north, 2 miles east of Granville. Excellent pike numbers. Walleye population somewhat reduced. Perch mostly small. (Fishing pier).
  • Cottonwood Lake (202) - 2.5 miles north of Butte. Decent number of pike and a good number of nice-sized walleye. (Fishing pier).
  • George Lake (203) - 13 miles north, 1 mile east, 1.3 miles north, .5 miles east of the junction of U.S. Highway 52 and ND Highway 14. Good number of pike, with some large fish. (Fishing pier).
  • Round Lake (204) - 6 miles north, 3.7 miles east, 1 mile north of Drake. Good number of pike and some walleye. (No ramp).
  • MCLEAN COUNTY
  • Brush Lake (221) - 3 miles north of Mercer. Decent number of perch and walleye. Good pike population, with some larger fish. (Fishing pier).
  • Camp Lake (479) - 17.5 miles north, 2 miles east of Turtle Lake. Decent number of pike and lots of small perch. (No ramp).
  • Camp Loop Pond (546) - 3 miles southwest of Riverdale on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers downstream campground. Stocked annually with rainbow trout. (Fishing pier, no ramp).
  • Coal Lake (528) - 3 miles south, 1.5 miles east, .75 miles north of Underwood. Newer walleye lake, with a good number of small- to medium-sized fish. (No ramp).
  • Crooked Lake (223) - 10 miles north, .2 miles east, .1 mile south of Turtle Lake. Good number of nice-sized pike and walleye, with some smaller perch. (Fishing pier).
  • Custer Mine (224) - 4 miles east, 2 miles south of Garrison. A good put-and-take rainbow trout fishery in a small, easy-to-fish pond.
  • East Park Lake (752) - 9 miles south of Mercer. Decent walleye numbers, with some larger fish. Fair number of small- to medium-sized yellow perch. Bluegill population has increased in recent years. (Fishing pier).
  • Elsie Lake (775) - .7 miles east, 6 miles south of Butte. Perch stocked in 2014. (No ramp).
  • Lake Audubon (225) - North of Coleharbor. Good number of walleye and an excellent smallmouth bass fishery. Anglers should see good numbers of 14- to 16-inch walleye. Some large pike. (Fishing pier).
  • Lake Brekken (232) - 1.5 miles north of Turtle Lake. Good number of perch, mostly smaller. Good number of walleye, with some larger fish. (Fishing pier).
  • Lake Gertie (724) - 1 mile south of Benedict. Fairly new lake, with a good number of pike. (No ramp).
  • Lake Holmes (455) - 1 mile northeast of Turtle Lake. Small perch abundant. Good number of walleye, with some larger fish.
  • Lightning Lake (233) - .5 miles east of Turtle Lake. A quality trout fishery, with some large fish. Stocked annually with rainbow trout. (Fishing pier).
  • Long Lake (228) - 13 miles north, 4 miles east, 2 miles north, 1.5 miles west of Turtle Lake. Good number of pike.
  • Painted Woods Creek (418) - 5 miles southeast of Washburn. Fair number of northern pike. (No ramp).
  • Pelican Lake (757) - 7 miles north, 3 miles east, .4 miles north of Mercer. Abundant perch and some pike. (No ramp).
  • Riverdale City Pond (220) - North side of Riverdale. Popular pond for kids and family outings. Lots of small bluegill. Stocked annually with rainbow trout. (Fishing pier, no ramp).
  • Scooby Lake (761) - .5 miles south, 1 mile west, .3 miles south of Benedict. New fishery, with a good number of small- to medium-sized walleye. (No ramp).
  • Strawberry Lake (226) - 17.5 miles north, 2 miles east of Turtle Lake. Good pike population. Lots of small perch and bluegill. (Fishing pier).
  • Triangle Y Pond (463) - 4 miles west, 1.5 miles south, 1 mile west, 1 mile south, 1 mile west, .5 miles south of Garrison. Small pond stocked with perch, used mostly by Triangle Y kids. (Fishing pier, no ramp).
  • Turtle Lake (697) - 4.5 miles west, 1 mile north of Turtle Lake. Decent number of northern pike, with some larger fish. (No ramp).
  • Weishaar WPA (488) - 8 miles north, 8 miles west, 1 mile north of Turtle Lake. Winter perch fishery. (No ramp).
  • West Park Lake (753) - 9 miles south, 2 miles west of Mercer. Fair number of walleye and small perch. Good number of pike, with some larger fish. (No ramp).
  • MERCER COUNTY
  • Beulah Mine Pond (235) - 2 miles north, 2.5 miles east, .5 miles north of Beulah. Some pike and perch. (No ramp).
  • Harmony Lake (560) - 6 miles north, 1 mile west of Hazen. Good number of bluegill, with some quality-sized fish. Stocked annually with rainbow trout. (Fishing pier).
  • Hazen Creek (382) - West end of Hazen. Rainbow trout stocked annually. (No ramp).
  • OLIVER COUNTY
  • East Arroda Dam (262) - 1 mile east of Fort Clark ND Highway 200A. Decent crappie numbers, with some quality fish. Pike numbers have increased in recent years, with mostly smaller fish. Earthen fishing piers for shore-fishing access.
  • Nelson Lake (258) - 5 miles east, 3 miles south of Center. The best largemouth bass lake in the state. Open water year-round allows warmwater fish to grow better than in other lakes. Abundant quality-sized bluegill and crappie. (Fishing pier).
  • Oliver County Sportsmen’s Pond (266) - 4 miles south, .5 miles west of Center. Rainbow trout stocked annually. (No ramp).
  • West Arroda Dam (264) - 1 mile east of Fort Clark ND Highway 200A. Decent crappie numbers, with some quality fish. Earthen fishing piers for shore-fishing access.
  • PIERCE COUNTY
  • Antelope Lake (617) - 3 miles south, 5.4 miles west, 2.4 miles south of the
  • intersection of ND highways 3 and 19. Nice-sized perch abundant. Good number of walleye, with some larger fish. (No ramp).
  • Balta Dam (269) - .5 miles south of Balta. Significant winterkill in 2013. Restocked with northern pike fingerlings in spring 2014-15.
  • Clear Lake (654) - 6 miles east, .7 miles south of Anamoose. Good number of quality-sized walleye and perch. (No ramp).
  • Davis Lake (024) - 2 miles west, 1.5 miles south of Balta. Stocked with northern pike fingerlings in spring 2014.
  • Lesmeister Lake (692) - 3 miles south, 3 miles west, 1.3 miles north of the intersection of ND highways 3 and 19. Newer walleye lake, with a good number of small- to medium-sized fish. (No ramp).
  • RENVILLE COUNTY
  • Glenburn Pond (466) - North side of Glenburn. Small pond stocked annually with trout. Perch and bluegill stocked periodically. (No ramp).
  • ROLETTE COUNTY
  • Lake Udall (741) - Through the International Peace Garden, 13 miles north of Dunseith. Small pond stocked annually with rainbow trout. (No ramp).
  • SHERIDAN COUNTY
  • Bender Lake (715) - .5 miles south, 4 miles west, .5 miles south of Martin. Fair number of mostly small perch. (No ramp).
  • Cherry Lake (698) - 7 miles north, 3 miles east, 2 miles north, .3 miles west of Mercer. Fair number of small perch, with some quality-sized fish. (No ramp).
  • Coal Mine Lake (482) - 14 miles south, 5 miles east of Anamoose. Good number of northern pike, with some larger fish. (Fishing pier).
  • Davis WPA (598) - 8 miles south, 1 mile east of Denhoff. Abundant perch, with some quality-sized fish. Decent number of walleye, with some larger fish. (No ramp).
  • Heckers Lake (751) - 9 miles south, 2.4 miles east of Mercer. Fair number of perch, with some quality-sized fish. Decent number of pike and smallmouth bass. (No ramp).
  • Hinsz Lake (765) - 18 miles north, 4.2 miles east of McClusky. Newer fishing lake, first stocked with perch and walleye in 2014. (No ramp).
  • Kaibel Lake (756) - 10.2 miles south of Drake. Lots of perch. Many are smaller-sized. (No ramp).
  • Lake Richard (653) - 4.5 miles south of Drake. Abundant yellow perch, with some quality-sized fish. (No ramp).
  • Miller Lake (772) - 18 miles north, 2 miles east, .2 miles south of McClusky. New perch lake, first stocked in 2014. (No ramp).
  • Mud Lake (716) - 4.5 miles south of Anamoose. Newer perch lake, with a fair number of fish. (No ramp).
  • North (Hoffer) McClusky (461) - 2 miles north, 1 mile west of McClusky. Abundant northern pike. (No ramp).
  • Sheyenne Lake (314) - 13.5 miles south, 1.5 miles east, .4 miles north of Anamoose. Pike stocked periodically. (No ramp).
  • South (Hoffer) McClusky (316) - 2 miles north, 1 mile west of McClusky. Decent number of perch, walleye and pike. Some bluegill and crappie. (Fishing pier).
  • Stober Lake (562) - 9 miles east, 2 miles north, 2 miles east of McClusky. Good number of walleye, with some larger fish.
  • Vollrath Lake (699) - 5.5 miles north, 1 mile east, 1 mile south of Goodrich. Good number of perch, with some quality-sized fish. (No ramp).
  • Wolf Lake (558) - .5 miles south, 1.8 miles west of Martin. Significant winterkill in 2013. Restocked with pike fingerlings in spring 2013 and 2014. (No ramp).
  • WARD COUNTY
  • Hiddenwood Lake (443) - 8 miles south of Makoti. Decent number of yellow perch, walleye, smallmouth bass and pike. (Fishing pier).
  • Lake Korslein (774) - 5 miles west, 3 miles north, .5 miles east of the junction of U.S. Highway 83 and ND Highway 23. New perch lake, first stocked in 2014. (No ramp).
  • Makoti Lake (365) - 6 miles south of Makoti. Good number of pike and perch. (No ramp).
  • North Carlson Lake (360) - 10 miles east of Ryder. Good number of northern pike.
  • Rice Lake (362) - 4 miles north, 7 miles east, 2 miles north of Ryder. Good number of pike, with a range of sizes.
  • South Carlson Lake (361) - 10 miles east of Ryder. Good fishing in recent years for mostly smaller pike. (Fishing pier).
  • State Fair Pond (027) - North end of state fairgrounds. Small pond stocked annually with trout and panfish. (Fishing pier, no ramp).
  • Velva Sportsmen’s Pond (364) - 7 miles south, 1.5 miles west, 1 mile south, .5 miles west of Velva. Consistently a quality fishery for nice-sized rainbow and brown trout.
  • WELLS COUNTY
  • Hurd Lake (718) - 2 miles west, 3 miles south of Hurdsfield. Newer perch lake, with a fair number of fish. (No ramp).
  • RIVERS AND LAKES
  • Knife River (392) - In Dunn and Mercer counties. Connected to the Missouri River, so a variety of fish species available. (No ramp).
  • Lake Sakakawea (020) - Near the cities of Williston, New Town, Garrison and Riverdale. See separate Missouri River System report. (Fishing pier).
  • McClusky Canal (464) - Central part of state in McLean, Burleigh and Sheridan counties. Excellent smallmouth bass fishery, with some larger fish. (No ramp).
  • Missouri River (004) - Missouri River from near Riverdale to south of Bismarck. See separate Missouri River System report.
  • Souris River (Mouse River) (396) - North central part of state. Good number of pike, walleye and perch. (Fishing pier).

SC District Map Click for a larger image.

SOUTH CENTRAL FISHERIES DISTRICT

Paul Bailey, district fisheries supervisor, Bismarck

  • BURLEIGH COUNTY
  • Apple Creek (398) - South central part of state. Good for northern pike, walleye, crappie and catfish. (No ramp).
  • Cottonwood Park Pond (635) - On west side of Cottonwood soccer complex in south Bismarck. Adult northern pike, and other species, may be stocked in spring. (Fishing pier, no ramp).
  • Crimmins WPA (747) - 3 miles west, 11 miles north, .5 miles west of Wing. Small perch and walleye up to 20 inches abundant. (No ramp).
  • Lake Harriet (Arena Lake) (610) - 8 miles west, 1 mile south of Tuttle. Pike abundant and perch present in low numbers. (No ramp).
  • Long Lake (104) - 1 mile south, 2.5 miles east of Moffit. Northern pike abundant. Contact refuge for specific angling regulations. (Fishing pier, no ramp).
  • McDowell Dam (101) - 4 miles east, 1 mile north of Bismarck on ND Highway 10. Bluegill and largemouth bass abundant. Rainbow trout stocked in spring. (Fishing pier).
  • OWLS Pond (026) - Just west of Bismarck Game and Fish office. Rainbow trout stocked in spring and fall. Other species (bluegill, perch, catfish and white bass) may be stocked. (Fishing pier, no ramp).
  • EMMONS COUNTY
  • Baumgartner Lake (529) - 6 miles south of Linton. Northern pike abundant and low numbers of perch. Winterkill likely occurred in winter 2017. (No ramp).
  • Braddock Dam (140) - 2 miles southwest of Braddock. Fair number of northern pike, walleye and yellow perch. Bluegill, channel catfish and black bullhead present.
  • Goose Lake (501) - 3 miles east of Braddock. Pike abundant and perch present. (No ramp).
  • Jake’s Lake (527) - 13 miles south, 1 mile east of Strasburg. Northern pike abundant. Winterkill likely occurred in winter 2017. (No ramp).
  • Miller Lake (525) - 1 mile west of Hague. Pike and perch present in fair numbers. (No ramp).
  • Rice Lake (142) - 8 miles south of Strasburg. Outstanding walleye, northern pike and perch fishery.
  • Senger Lake (526) - 1 mile north, 6 miles east of Strasburg. Multiple year-classes of perch present in fair numbers. (No ramp).
  • KIDDER COUNTY
  • Alkaline Lake (590) - 15 miles south, 7 miles east, 1.4 miles southeast of Dawson. Walleye abundant. Excellent pike numbers, with fish occasionally surpassing 10 pounds. Large perch in low numbers.
  • Cherry Lake (177) - 15 miles north, 3 miles east of Steele. Northern pike abundant. Low number of perch.
  • Deer Lake (685) - 8 miles east of Robinson. Perch up to 12 inches abundant. (No ramp).
  • Des Moines Lake (593) - 5.5 miles east of Robinson. Fair number of northern pike. (No ramp).
  • Etta-Alkaline Complex (650) - 1 mile south, 2.5 miles west, 3 miles south of Dawson. Small northern pike abundant. Winterkill likely occurred in winter 2017. (No ramp).
  • Fresh Lake (549) - 15 miles south, 7 miles east, 1 mile south of Dawson. Primarily a northern pike fishery, but a fair number of walleye and perch present. (No ramp).
  • Frettim Lake (180) - 2 miles east, 1 mile north of Robinson. Good number of walleye, northern pike, perch and bluegill.
  • Geier Lake (740) - 12 miles east, 9.5 miles north of Robinson. Walleye up to 20 inches abundant and fair numbers of perch present. (No ramp).
  • Helen Lake (601) - 2.5 miles west, 6 miles north of Tuttle. Excellent pike fishery, with fish occasionally topping 8 pounds. Perch present. (No ramp).
  • Horsehead Lake (594) - 2 miles west, 8 miles south, .25 miles east of Robinson. Northern pike abundant. (No ramp).
  • Jasper Lake (573) - 7 miles north, .5 miles east of Robinson. Walleye up to 25 inches abundant and a fair number of large perch present.
  • Koenig North (676) - 12.25 miles north, 1.5 miles east of Robinson. Multiple perch year-classes present. (Winter access only, no ramp).
  • Koenig South (677) - 12.25 miles north, 1.5 miles east of Robinson. Multiple perch year-classes present. (Winter access only, no ramp).
  • Lake Geneva (666) - 2 miles south, .5 miles east of I-94 Exit 195. Walleye up to 20 inches abundant and a fair number of large perch present. (No ramp).
  • Lake Isabel (183) - 2 miles south, .5 miles east, .75 miles south of Dawson. Small northern pike abundant.
  • Lake Josephine (186) - 2 miles north of Tuttle. Walleye up to 25 inches abundant. Fair number of perch and pike present. (Fishing pier).
  • Lake No. 5 (476) - 3.5 miles west, 7.5 miles north, 1.5 miles east, 1 mile south of Dawson. Pike abundant, but the lake experiences frequent winterkills. (No ramp).
  • Lake Williams (182) - Just south of the town of Lake Williams. Fair number of walleye, northern pike and smallmouth bass.
  • Leno Lake (604) - 1 mile east, 7 miles north of Tuttle. Small pike abundant. (No ramp).
  • Long Alkaline Lake (629) - 3 miles west, 7 miles north of Robinson. Small pike abundant and yellow perch present. (No ramp).
  • McPhail WMA (569) - 7 miles north, 2 miles west of Tappen. Small perch abundant and low numbers of walleye present. (No ramp).
  • Neustel Lake (712) - 2 miles north of Robinson. Fair number of perch present. (No ramp).
  • North Des Moines Lake (688) - 5.5 miles east of Robinson. Fair number of northern pike. (No ramp).
  • Pelican Lake (474) - 3 miles east, 11 miles north, 1 mile east of Robinson. Perch up to 12 inches common. (No ramp).
  • Plowe Lake (735) - 6 miles east, 5 miles north, 1 mile east of Robinson. Walleye, northern pike and perch present in good numbers. (No ramp).
  • Rafferty Lake (734) - 12 miles east, 9.8 miles north of Robinson. Walleye up to 18 inches abundant. (No ramp).
  • Ranch Lake (684) - 1 mile west of Pettibone. Good number of pike and perch. (No ramp).
  • Remmick Lake (731) - 3 miles east, 6 miles north of Robinson. Healthy walleye population and low numbers of perch and bluegill. Winter fishing only. (No ramp).
  • Round Lake (181) - 1 mile north, 1.5 miles east of Pettibone. Excellent walleye fishery, with a fair number of perch and pike. (No ramp).
  • Seil Lake (739) - 6 miles east, 10 miles north, 4.25 miles east of Robinson. Yellow perch abundant. (No ramp).
  • Sibley Lake (646) - 7 miles north, 2 miles east, 1 mile south of Dawson. Small walleye abundant and larger fish present. Multiple perch year-classes present in good numbers.
  • Swan Lake (678) - 10.5 miles north of Robinson. Yellow perch up to 12 inches abundant. (No ramp).
  • Trautmann Lake (733) - 1 mile west, 2 miles north, 1 mile west, 1 mile north of Robinson. Walleye up to 19 inches abundant and perch present in low numbers. (No ramp).
  • Vogel WPA (732) - 12 miles east, 9.5 miles north of Robinson. Walleye abundant. (No ramp).
  • Willow Lake (645) - 9 miles north, 3 miles west of Robinson. Yellow perch up to 11 inches abundant. (No ramp).
  • Woodhouse Lake (472) - 12 miles north, 12 miles east of Wing. Walleye up to 26 inches abundant. Fair number of small perch present. (No ramp).
  • LOGAN COUNTY
  • Beaver Lake (197) - 8 miles south, 8 miles east of Napoleon. Northern pike abundant, with fish occasionally surpassing 10 pounds.
  • Braun Lake (588) - 18 miles south, 1 mile east of Steele. Yellow perch abundant. (No ramp).
  • Buchholz WPA (738) - 4 miles east, .75 miles north of Lehr. Fair number of yellow perch. (No ramp).
  • Dewald Lake (530) - 8 miles north, 2 miles east, 1 mile north, 1 mile east of
  • Lehr. Small yellow perch common. (No ramp).
  • Doyles Lake (711) - 2.5 miles north, 2 miles east, 4 miles north, 1 mile east, .5 miles north of Wishek. Fair number of yellow perch. (No ramp).
  • Hauff Lake (589) - 7 miles north of Lehr. Small yellow perch common. (No ramp).
  • Kautz Lake (061) - 5 miles north, 6 miles west of Lehr. Perch up to 13 inches common. (No ramp).
  • Kleingartner Lake (710) - 10 miles south, 5 miles west of Gackle. Fair number of pike and perch. (No ramp).
  • Lepp Lake (717) - 1 mile east, 1 mile north of Lehr. Good number of pike and perch. (No ramp).
  • Logan (Mueller) WMA (613) - 8 miles north, 5 miles west, .5 miles south of Lehr. Walleye abundant and low numbers of perch up to 13 inches present. (No ramp).
  • Logan Lake (453) - 1 mile west of Gackle. Small perch and walleye abundant. (No ramp).
  • Marvin Miller Lake (533) - 6.5 miles south, 8 miles west, .5 miles north of Gackle. Excellent walleye fishery. Fair number of perch and a low number of northern pike present.
  • Mundt Lake (199) - 3 miles east, 4 miles north, 1 mile east, .5 miles south of Lehr. Walleye abundant. Perch and smallmouth bass present in fair numbers. (Fishing pier).
  • North Napoleon Lake (502) - 4.5 miles west, 1 mile north, 1 mile east of Napoleon. Pike and perch abundant. (No ramp).
  • Ost Lake (749) - 7 miles east, 1 mile north, 1 mile west, .5 miles north of Lehr. Perch up to 12 inches abundant. (No ramp).
  • Railroad Lake (708) - 5.5 miles east of Lehr. Yellow perch abundant and low numbers of walleye present. (No ramp).
  • Ruff Lake (609) - 5 miles north, 3 miles west, 1 mile north, .5 miles east of Lehr. Yellow perch common. (No ramp).
  • Thurn Lake (620) - 5 miles north of Lehr, .5 miles east. Fair number of walleye and perch. (No ramp).
  • Weigel Lake (701) - 5 miles south, 3 miles east of Napoleon. Small pike abundant and yellow perch present. (No ramp).
  • Wentz WPA (632) - 12 miles east of Napoleon. Walleye up to 20 inches abundant. (No ramp).
  • West Lake Napoleon (201) - 1 mile west of Napoleon. Northern pike abundant and a fair number of large perch present. (Fishing pier, no ramp).
  • Wetzel Lake (737) - 11 miles west, 1 mile south of Gackle. Pike abundant and perch present. (No ramp).
  • MCINTOSH COUNTY
  • Becker-Schlepp Lake (628) - 3 miles north, 1 mile east, 1 mile north, .5 miles east of Ashley. Fair number of perch. (No ramp).
  • Clear Lake (215) - 6 miles east, 2 miles south of Wishek. Northern pike abundant. (No ramp).
  • Dollinger-Schnabel Lake (580) - 2 miles north, 5 miles west, 3 miles north of Venturia. Yellow perch up to 12 inches abundant. (No ramp).
  • Dorfman Lake (642) - 5 miles north, 2 miles west of Ashley. Perch and walleye abundant, with a fair number of pike. (No ramp).
  • Dry Lake (213) - 5 miles west, 4 miles north, 2 miles east, .5 miles south of Ashley. Excellent walleye and pike fishery. Large perch in low numbers.
  • Green Lake (210) - 2 miles east, 4 miles south, 1 mile east of Wishek. Quality walleye and perch fishery, with a low number of pike. (Fishing pier).
  • Harr Lake (514) - 10 miles east, 12 miles north of Ashley. Fair number of large yellow perch and small walleye present. (No ramp).
  • Homestead Lake (696) - 8 miles south, 8 miles east, 2 miles north of Wishek. Pike abundant and perch present. (No ramp).
  • Kislingbury Lake (763) - .5 miles east, 1.5 miles north of Ashley. Fair number of perch and small walleye. (No ramp).
  • Lake Hoskins (211) - 3 miles west of Ashley. Fair number of walleye, northern pike and yellow perch present. (Fishing pier).
  • Lehr WMA (570) - 2 miles east, 1 mile south of Lehr. Excellent walleye fishery. Low number of large perch present.
  • McIntosh WMA (231) - 10 miles east, 9 miles north of Ashley. Abundant perch up to 13 inches. (No ramp).
  • Miller Lake (315) - 7.5 miles east, 2.5 miles south of Lehr. Pike up to 10 pounds abundant and yellow perch present. (No ramp).
  • Mudd Lake (595) - 1 mile west of Lehr. Fair number of pike, with low numbers of perch. (No ramp).
  • Nagel Lake (Koepplin WPA) (707) - 1 mile east, 1 mile south, 1 mile east of Lehr. Walleye abundant and fair numbers of perch present. (No ramp).
  • Pfeifle Lake (690) - 10 miles south, 2 miles east of Wishek. Pike up to 12 pounds abundant. (No ramp).
  • Pintail Lake (764) - 5 miles east of Ashley. Small perch abundant. (No ramp).
  • Pudwill Lake (214) - 9 miles south, 4 miles west, 1 mile north, .5 miles west of Lehr. Low number of pike present. (No ramp).
  • Rueb-Eszlinger (691) - 7.5 miles north, 2 miles west of Ashley. Multiple year-classes of perch abundant. (No ramp).
  • MORTON COUNTY
  • Crown Butte Dam (237) - 4 miles west on access road on north side of I-94 Exit 147. Largemouth bass and bluegill abundant. Crappie present. (Fishing pier).
  • Fish Creek Dam (239) - 8 miles south, 2 miles east, 1 mile south of I-94 Exit 134. Largemouth bass and rainbow trout
  • abundant. Smallmouth bass, brown trout and crappie found in lower numbers. (Fishing pier).
  • Harmon Lake (660) - 8 miles north of Mandan on ND Highway 1806. Largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie abundant. Rainbow trout and northern pike present in lower numbers. (Fishing pier).
  • Little Heart Pond (746) - 11 miles south of Mandan on ND Highway 1806. Catchable-sized rainbow trout stocked in spring. (No ramp).
  • Nygren Dam (242) - 6 miles north, 1 mile east, 3 miles north, .5 miles east of Flasher. Winterkilled in 2014. Catchable-sized trout are stocked in spring. Small bluegill and largemouth bass present. (Fishing pier).
  • Porsborg Dam (675) - Northwest Mandan. Rainbow trout (and other species) may be stocked in spring. (No ramp).
  • Sweet Briar Lake (240) - 18 miles west of Mandan I-94 Exit 134. Fair number of walleye, pike, perch, bluegill, crappie and largemouth bass. (Fishing pier).
  • SIOUX COUNTY
  • Froelich Dam (318) - 9 miles north, 2 miles west of Selfridge. Walleye and pike abundant. Yellow perch, crappie, bluegill and largemouth bass present.
  • RIVERS AND LAKES
  • Lake Oahe (001) - Near cities of Bismarck, Fort Yates, Hazelton, Linton and Strasburg. See separate Missouri River System listing. (Fishing pier).

NE District Map Click for a larger image.

NORTHEAST FISHERIES DISTRICT

Randy Hiltner, district fisheries supervisor, Devils Lake

  • BENSON COUNTY
  • Fort Totten Dam (663) - .5 miles east of Fort Totten. No recent information. (No ramp).
  • Gravel Pit Lake (661) - 4.5 miles west of Fort Totten. No recent information. (No ramp).
  • Mission Lake (662) - 5 miles south, 1.5 miles east, 2 miles south of Devils Lake. No recent information. (No ramp).
  • Silver Lake (058) - 4 miles west, 4.7 miles south, 2 miles east of Churchs Ferry. Connected to Devils Lake. Same species available. (No ramp).
  • Wood Lake (054) - 2 miles west, 1 mile south of Tokio. Perch and bluegill numerous, but small. Good number of bigger walleye and some large pike.
  • CAVALIER COUNTY
  • Langdon City Pond (115) - South side of Langdon. Put-and-take trout lake, with most fish caught in May. (Fishing pier).
  • Mount Carmel Dam (114) - 9 miles north, 2 miles east, 2 miles north of Langdon. Fair number of perch, with most around 9 inches. Walleye numbers fair, with fish up to 20 inches. Lots of nice pike. (Fishing pier).
  • EDDY COUNTY
  • Adams Lake (603) - 10 miles south of Warwick. Lots of smaller perch, with some up to 10 inches, and a few walleye. (No ramp).
  • Battle Lake (136) - .5 miles south, 1.5 miles west, 1.5 miles south of Hamar. High density pike lake, with catchable, thin fish. (No ramp).
  • Lake Coe (652) - 10 miles south of Warwick on east side of Eddy County Road 8. Good number of walleye, with several size-classes. Fish longer than 18 inches common. Lots of perch, but most less than 10 inches.
  • New Rockford Reservoir (137) - North side of New Rockford. Primarily a pike fishery, but walleye and smaller perch also present. Bullheads abundant. (Fishing pier, no ramp).
  • Warsing Dam (135) - 1 mile northeast of Sheyenne. Recovering from a partial winterkill in 2013. Good number of pike, with most fish about 25 inches. Some perch and small walleye. (Fishing pier).
  • FOSTER COUNTY
  • Dry Lake (548) - 7 miles east, 5 miles south, 2 miles east of Carrington. Good number of walleye, and most are eater-sized. Some big walleye. Fewer perch and a strong bullhead population. (No ramp).
  • Juanita Lake (147) - 2 miles east of Grace City. Some pike available, but not high numbers. Bullheads abundant. (Fishing pier).
  • GRAND FORKS COUNTY
  • English Coulee Pond (244) - 5 miles south, 3 miles east, 1 mile south, .5 miles east of Emerado. No recent information. (No ramp).
  • Fordville Dam (153) - 5 miles west, 1 mile north, .5 miles west, .5 miles north of Inkster. Fair number of larger walleye and pike, with a good number of perch under 10 inches. Bullheads remain a management issue. (Fishing pier).
  • Kolding Dam (155) - 5 miles southeast, 1 mile south of Niagara on U.S. Highway 2. Managed for northern pike.
  • Larimore Dam (154) - 2 miles northeast of Larimore. Walleye, pike, largemouth bass, perch, crappie and bluegill provide angling opportunities. Most crappie and bluegill are smaller. (Fishing pier).
  • Niagara Dam (156) - North of Niagara. Reservoir winterkills often. When a series of nice winters occur, nice-sized pike available.
  • Ryan Park Pond (659) - South side of Grand Forks. This small urban fishery is a good place to take a kid fishing and is stocked annually with trout. Bluegill also introduced. (Fishing pier, no ramp).
  • GRIGGS COUNTY
  • Carlson-Tande Dam (169) - 1 mile south, 5 miles west of Aneta. Some pike, a few nice walleye, smaller perch and various-sized panfish.
  • Lake Addie (596) - 4 miles east, 1 mile south, 1 mile west of Binford. Managed as a walleye and perch fishery. Walleye are nice-sized, with an average length of 19 inches. Perch numbers high, with some fish up to 10 inches.
  • Lake Jessie (597) - 4 miles east, 1 mile south, 1 mile west of Binford. Primarily an ice fishing lake for pike that average about 30 inches. (No ramp).
  • Red Willow Lake (168) - 6 miles north, 2 miles west of Binford. Walleye, pike, perch and bluegill common. Nice walleye available. Pike abundant in many sizes. Bluegill common and mostly smaller, but some up to 10 inches. Perch typically small. (Fishing pier).
  • Sibley Lake (435) - 1 mile west, 3 miles south of Binford. Good pike population. Some perch. (No ramp).
  • NELSON COUNTY
  • Lake Laretta (506) - 2 miles west, 3 miles north of Michigan. Good pike fishery, with numbers of medium-sized fish, but some pushing 15 pounds. Perch that survive pike predation are large, but uncommon. Increasing walleye densities, with some nice-sized fish. (No ramp).
  • McVille Dam (252) - 1 mile east of McVille. Some larger walleye, largemouth bass and pike available, but at low densities. Perch and bluegill typically small. (Fishing pier).
  • Silver Creek Dam (268) - 4 miles west, .5 miles south of McVille. Small reservoir with a winter pike fishery. (No ramp).
  • Tolna Dam (254) - 1 mile south, 2 miles east of Tolna. Some larger walleye and good densities of pike under 5 pounds. Perch numbers fairly low.
  • Whitman Dam (253) - 1.5 miles north, 3 miles east of Whitman. Keeper-sized perch, with most under 10 inches. Fair fishing for pike and walleye. Low density crappie population, with some large fish. (Fishing pier).
  • PEMBINA COUNTY
  • Renwick Dam (265) - 6 miles west, 1 mile north of Cavalier. Mostly pike and perch, with some crappie. Most crappie under 8 inches. Perch numerous, but typically smaller. White suckers and bullheads abundant. (Fishing pier).
  • PIERCE COUNTY
  • Buffalo Lake (271) - 4 miles west, 1 mile south of Esmond. Winterkills often and pike fishing opportunities occur when winters are mild. Currently has a high pike population, with most fish about 24 inches. Winterkill likely occurred in winter 2017. (Fishing pier).
  • Sand Lake (270) - 4 miles north of Pleasant Lake. Good pike fishery. Pike common up to 5 pounds. Perch numbers are good, but most are less than 8 inches. (Fishing pier).
  • RAMSEY COUNTY
  • Cavanaugh Lake (276) - 9 miles north, 1 mile west, .5 miles north of Devils Lake. Winterkills often. (No ramp).
  • Fenster Lake (621) - 3 miles north, 4 miles east of Crary. Pike in fair numbers, with most fish around 4 pounds. (No ramp).
  • Morrison Lake (509) - 3 miles east, 2 miles south of Webster. Typically has good winter pike fishing until oxygen levels decline. Most fish are less than 5 pounds. (No ramp).
  • Sweetwater Lake (277) - 3 miles east, 7 miles north of Devils Lake. Low winter oxygen levels may have caused a partial fish kill. (No ramp).
  • ROLETTE COUNTY
  • Belcourt Lake (300) - 2 miles north of Belcourt. No recent information.
  • Cain Lake (450) - 2 miles south, 9 miles west, .5 miles north of St. John. No recent information. (No ramp).
  • Carpenter Lake (291) - 12 miles west of St. John. Good pike population, even during tough winters. Most fish less than 5 pounds. A few perch, but most are under 8 inches.
  • Dion Lake (293) - 10 miles west, 2 miles north, 1 mile east of St. John. Managed for walleye. Fair densities of fish up to 24 inches. Perch numbers expanding from illegal stocking, most are now about 9-10 inches. Illegally stocked pike present and some fish longer than 24 inches. (Fishing pier).
  • Gordon Lake (299) - 4.5 miles north, 1 mile west, .25 miles northwest of Belcourt. No recent information.
  • Gravel Lake (294) - 6 miles west, .5 miles north of St. John. Pike and perch fishery. Pike average about 24 inches and most perch under 10 inches. (Fishing pier).
  • Hooker Lake (295) - 8 miles west of St. John. One of a few rainbow trout lakes in the district. Trout stocked annually and reach maximum size in fall. Some older, larger trout available going into winter. (Fishing pier).
  • Island Lake (634) - 3 miles west, 2 miles south of Mylo. Good number of 24-inch pike, some bigger fish.
  • Jarvis Lake (301) - .75 miles southwest, 6 miles west of St. John. No recent information. (No ramp).
  • Long Lake (618) - 2 miles south, 5.3 miles east of Rolette. Good number of pike, with the average fish more than 5 pounds. (No ramp).
  • School Section Lake (296) - 9 miles north, 2.5 miles east of Dunseith. Partial winterkill in 2013. Pike numbers still good, some perch available.
  • Upsilon Lake (297) - 6 miles west, 1 mile north of St. John. Perch fishing now considered fair, with lower numbers and fewer fish longer than 10 inches. Pike common, with some large fish. Walleye in low numbers despite aggressive stocking. Bluegill numbers good, with some big fish. (Fishing pier).
  • Wheaton Lake (292) - 4.5 miles north, 2 miles west of Belcourt. No recent information.
  • STEELE COUNTY
  • Finley Dam (Lynch Lake) (335) - 1 mile south of Finley. Pike stocked regularly and provide some opportunities. High bullhead population and stunted perch are management problems. (No ramp).
  • North Golden Lake (339) - 10 miles east, 4 miles north, .5 miles west of Finley. Perch numbers down, with most fish less than 10 inches. Fair to good numbers of keeper pike and walleye. Walleye longer than 20 inches and pike up to 5 pounds not uncommon. Low number of bluegill, but decent-sized.
  • South Golden Lake (337) - 10 miles east, 3 miles north, .5 miles west of Finley. Primarily a walleye and perch fishery, with some pike and bluegill. Walleye do get large, with fish up to 8 pounds. Decent number of 24-inch fish. Pike numbers low, but bigger fish available. (Fishing pier).
  • TOWNER COUNTY
  • Armourdale Dam (349) - 9 miles east, 1.5 miles north of Rolla. Good pike numbers and a fair number of eater-sized walleye. (Fishing pier).
  • Bisbee Dam-Big Coulee (350) - 1 mile east of Bisbee. Pike, walleye, perch, bluegill and crappie. Most walleye longer than 16 inches. Good pike numbers, with some up to about 6 pounds. Most perch are small, as well as the occasional large bluegill and crappie. (Fishing pier).
  • WALSH COUNTY
  • Bylin Dam (355) - 3 miles east, 3 miles south of Adams. Nice population of smaller pike to keep youngsters entertained, with some keeper walleye. (Fishing pier).
  • Dougherty Dam (032) - 1 mile west of Bylin Dam. Located just upstream from Bylin Dam. Holds some pike. (No ramp).
  • Homme Dam (356) - 2 miles west of Park River. Lots of smaller perch and crappie, with some nice pike and walleye. White suckers and bullheads abundant and problematic. (Fishing pier).
  • Matejcek Dam (354) - 6 miles south of Lankin. Smaller walleye in fair numbers. Perch numbers appear lower. Pike and crappie numbers fair. Some large crappie available. White suckers abundant.
  • WELLS COUNTY
  • Georgeson Lake (625) - 3 miles north, 3 miles east, .25 miles north of Bremen. Perch population is primarily smaller fish. Fewer bigger fish are left after the past two years of harvest. (No ramp).
  • Goose Lake (608) - 3 miles north, 3 miles east, 1 mile north of Harvey. Fair number of pike, with increasing size structure. Walleye population in good shape, with some fish around 21 inches. Perch numbers down. (No ramp).
  • Harvey Dam (368) - Southeast side of Harvey. Fair number of walleye around 15 inches. Good pike population of various sizes. Bullhead are a perennial management problem. (Fishing pier).
  • Heaton Slough (218) - 4 miles east, 8 miles south, 3 miles east of Bowdon. (No ramp).
  • Hurdsfield-Tuffy Lake (616) - 3.5 miles east of Hurdsfield. Lots of walleyes between 12 and 18 inches, with the occasional big fish. Perch abundant, with most about 10 inches and some up to 13 inches. (No ramp).
  • Monson Lake (124) - 1 mile south, 1 mile east, 8 miles south, 1 mile west of Bowdon. Strong perch population, with a balanced size structure. Walleye population is small, with some big fish. (No ramp).
  • Silver Lake (105) - 1 mile west, 7.5 miles south, 2 miles west, 2 miles north of Bowdon. High perch densities. Lots of fish from 9 to 12 inches. The occasional 13- to 14-inch fish possible. (No ramp).
  • Silver Lake WMA (721) - 3 miles south of Chaseley. Lots of 8- to 10-inch perch, with some larger fish. The occasional jumbo possible. Fast-growing walleye will be pushing 14 inches. (No ramp).
  • Sykeston Dam (369) - Northwest side of Sykeston. Decent pike population, with some fish up to 8 pounds. Bullhead are a major problem. A few perch and bluegill present. (Fishing pier).
  • Weisz Lake (720) - 2 miles west, 1.5 miles south of Hurdsfield. Mostly smaller perch. (No ramp).
  • RIVERS AND LAKES
  • Turtle River (404) - In Grand Forks County. Rainbow trout stocked twice in spring and once in fall to provide a unique riverine trout fishery. Mostly a put-and-take fishery. (No ramp).

SE District Map Click for a larger image.

SOUTHEAST FISHERIES DISTRICT

Brandon Kratz, district fisheries supervisor, Jamestown

  • BARNES COUNTY
  • Blumers Pond (023) - 1 mile south of Valley City. Good shore-fishing for early season trout. (No ramp).
  • Clausen Springs (051) - 3 miles north, 1 mile east, .5 miles north of the junction of ND highways 46 and 1. Abundant largemouth bass and bluegill. (Fishing pier).
  • Clauson Lake (704) - 4 miles west, .5 miles south, .5 miles east of Nome. Perch abundant up to 12 inches. (No ramp).
  • Eckelson Lake North (605) - 3 miles north, .5 miles east, 1 mile north, .5 miles east of Eckelson. Good perch population, with some large fish. (No ramp).
  • Eckelson Lake South (671) - 4 miles south, 1.5 miles east of Eckelson. Low population of larger pike. Fair number of perch, with some large fish. (No ramp).
  • Fox Lake (586) - 1 mile north, .5 miles west of Eckelson. Good walleye and perch populations, with some larger fish.
  • Hatchery Kids Pond (064) - 2 miles northwest of Valley City. Good shore-fishing for early season trout. (No ramp).
  • Hobart Lake North (636) - 3.5 miles northwest of I-94 Exit 288. Perch abundant, with some large fish. (No ramp).
  • Hobart Lake South (532) - 1.4 miles south, 3.4 miles west of I-94 Exit 288. Perch abundant. (No ramp).
  • Island Lake (672) - 3 miles south, .5 miles east of Urbana. Good number of walleye. Some perch present. (No ramp).
  • Kee Lake (606) - 7 miles south, 2 miles east of Eckelson. Good perch and walleye populations. A few pike. (No ramp).
  • Koebernick Pond (602) - 1 mile north, 4 miles west, 1 mile north of Rogers. Fair number of perch. (No ramp).
  • Lake Ashtabula (046) - 10 miles north of Valley City. Walleye and pike abundant, with good numbers of large fish. Fair number of perch. Occasional crappie and white bass. Good number of smallmouth bass. (Fishing pier).
  • Meadow Lake (565) - 6 miles west, 6 miles north of Litchville. Fair number of perch. Low number of walleye. (No ramp).
  • Middle Eckelson (670) - 2 miles east of Eckelson. Various sizes of pike and perch. (No ramp).
  • Moon Lake (049) - 2 miles west, 5.5 miles south, 4 miles west, 2 miles north of Valley City. Perch and walleye abundant. Occasional smallmouth bass, with some brown and rainbow trout.
  • Olson WPA (633) - 1.5 miles north of I-94 Exit 283. Fair number of medium-sized perch. (No ramp).
  • Sanborn Lake (557) - 2 miles east, 1 mile north, .5 miles east of Sanborn. Good number of pike. (No ramp).
  • Sanborn WPA (567) - 1 mile east of Sanborn. Fair number of pike and perch. (No ramp).
  • St. Mary’s Lake (045) - 2 miles west, 5.5 miles south, 4 miles west, 1 mile north of Valley City. Good number of walleye. (No ramp).
  • CASS COUNTY
  • Brewer Lake (111) - 1 mile south, 1 mile west of Erie. Good largemouth bass and bluegill populations. Some larger bass. (Fishing pier).
  • Casselton Pond (219) - Southeast corner of Casselton. Rainbow trout stocked annually. (No ramp).
  • Casselton Reservoir (106) - Just west of Casselton. Good number of pike and bluegill. (Fishing pier).
  • Lindemann Lake (703) - 2 miles north, 1 mile east, .5 miles north of Enderlin. Good number of perch and walleye. (No ramp).
  • North Woodhaven Pond (656) - 2.25 miles south, .25 miles east of I-94 Exit 348. Rainbow trout stocked annually. Bluegill present. (Fishing pier, no ramp).
  • South Woodhaven Pond (673) - 2.8 miles south, .25 miles east of I-94 Exit 348. Small- to medium-sized perch abundant. (Fishing pier, no ramp).
  • DICKEY COUNTY
  • Heinrich Lake (611) - 17.5 miles east, 1 mile south of Ashley. Yellow perch up to 14 inches. (No ramp).
  • Hofer Lake (145) - 7 miles east, 1.75 miles north of Ellendale. Fair number of pike. (No ramp).
  • Moores Lake (119) - 18.5 miles west, 1 mile north of Ellendale. Fair number of pike and perch. Low population of largemouth bass. (No ramp).
  • Pheasant Lake (120) - 6 miles west of Ellendale. Low number of pike, perch, crappie and walleye. Developing bluegill fishery. (Fishing pier).
  • Shimmons Lake (531) - 20.5 miles west, 1 mile south of Ellendale. Good number of pike. (No ramp).
  • TAD Lake (760) - 8 miles west of Oakes. Good number of walleye. Fair number of perch. (No ramp).
  • Wilson Dam (121) - 7.5 miles west of Monango. Fair number of perch and small bluegill. Occasional pike. (Fishing pier).
  • LAMOURE COUNTY
  • Alfred Lake (574) - 7 miles east, 1.5 miles south of Gackle. Various sizes of pike and perch. (No ramp).
  • Boom Lake (Marion Lake) (561) - .5 miles west of Marion. Fair walleye and pike fishery.
  • Cottonwood Lake (192) - 5 miles west, 5 miles south, 1 mile west of LaMoure. Moderate number of medium-sized pike. (No ramp).
  • Diamond Lake (553) - 5 miles north of Kulm. Walleye and perch abundant.
  • East Kalmbach Lake (157) - .5 miles south, 4.5 miles west, .5 miles south of Jud. Good number of pike. Occasional perch. (No ramp).
  • Flood Lake (511) - 3.5 miles north of Kulm. Fair number of pike. Perch up to 13 inches. Some walleye.
  • Heinrich-Martin Dam (189) - .75 miles east, .5 miles south of Adrian. Largemouth bass abundant. Bluegill and crappie in fair numbers.
  • Kalmbach Lake (194) - .5 miles south, 4.5 miles west, .5 miles south of Jud. Fair number of pike.
  • Kulm-Edgeley Dam (191) - 4 miles west, 2 miles south of Edgeley. Fair number of pike. Low population of medium- to large-sized walleye. Perch abundant.
  • Lake LaMoure (196) - 1 mile south, 1 mile east, 2.5 miles south, 1 mile west, .5 miles south of LaMoure. Fair number of pike, walleye and crappie. Bluegill present. (Fishing pier).
  • Limesand-Seefeldt Dam (193) - 8 miles south, 3 miles west of Marion. Fair number of pike, bluegill and crappie.
  • Schlecht-Thom Dam (195) - 5 miles west, .5 miles north of Edgeley. Fair number of pike and bluegill.
  • Schlenker Dam (Lehr Dam) (422) - 11 miles west, .5 miles south of the junction of U.S. Highway 281 and ND Highway 46. Fair number of pike and bluegill.
  • Twin Lakes (552) - 4 miles north of LaMoure. Good number of walleye, pike and perch.
  • LOGAN COUNTY
  • Arnies Lake (623) - 1.5 miles south of Gackle, 2 miles east, 1 mile south. Fair number of pike, perch and walleye. (No ramp).
  • Erickson Lake (722) - 8.5 miles north, 3 miles west, 1 mile north, 1.5 miles west, .5 miles south of Kulm. Good perch population of various sizes. (No ramp).
  • Oriole Lake (267) - 8.25 miles south of Gackle. Good number of pike. (No ramp).
  • MCINTOSH COUNTY
  • Berlin Lake (779) - 9.5 miles east, 7 miles north, 2 miles east, 2 miles north of Ashley. Perch present. (No ramp).
  • Blumhardt Dam (208) - 9.5 miles east, 7 miles north, 1.5 miles east of Ashley. Brown and rainbow trout. Some larger fish.
  • Coldwater Lake (209) - 15.5 miles east, 1 mile south, 1 mile west of Ashley. Good number of medium-sized pike. Moderate number of walleye, with some larger fish. (Fishing pier).
  • Serpent Lake (781) - 13.5 miles east, 2 miles north, 1 mile east of Ashley. Fair number of pike. (No ramp).
  • RANSOM COUNTY
  • Dead Colt Creek (284) - 5 miles south, 1 mile east, .5 miles north, .5 miles east of Lisbon. Largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie abundant. Some large bass. (Fishing pier).
  • Lone Tree Lake (Englevale) (283) - .5 miles north, 2 miles west of Englevale. Fair number of perch. (No ramp).
  • Mooringstone Pond (281) - .75 miles west of the city of Fort Ransom. Rainbow trout stocked annually. (No ramp).
  • RICHLAND COUNTY
  • Arndt Lake (755) - 6 miles east, 7 miles south, .5 miles west, 1 mile south, .25 miles east of Lidgerwood. Developing bluegill fishery. (No ramp).
  • Bisek Slough (682) - 2 miles north, .5 miles west of Lidgerwood. Good number of pike and perch.
  • Elm Lake (693) - .5 miles east, 3.5 miles south of Lidgerwood. Good pike and crappie populations. Fair number of walleye. (No ramp).
  • Four Corners Lake (727) - 3.5 miles east, 2 miles south, .5 miles west of Lidgerwood. Fair number of walleye up to 21 inches. (No ramp).
  • Grass Lake (272) - 2 miles west, 1 mile north, 1 mile west, 1 mile north, 1.5 miles west of Lidgerwood. Fair number of pike, walleye and largemouth bass. Crappie abundant. (Fishing pier).
  • Gullys Slough (572) - 4 miles east, 1 mile south of Lidgerwood. Fair number of pike. Expanding walleye population. (No ramp).
  • Haus Lake (745) - 2 miles east, 7 miles south, .25 miles east of Lidgerwood. Small- to medium-sized perch and walleye. (No ramp).
  • Heley Lake (725) - 5 miles north, 1 mile east, .5 miles south of Lidgerwood. Fair number of walleye up to 27 inches. Occasional perch. (No ramp).
  • Horseshoe Lake (287) - 4 miles west, 1 mile south of Hankinson. Fair number of pike, perch, bluegill and walleye. Some large walleye.
  • Kreiser Slough (680) - 4 miles north, 3 miles west of Lidgerwood. Pike and perch abundant. (No ramp).
  • Lake Elsie (289) - 1 mile south, 1.5 miles west of Hankinson. Walleye abundant, with some large fish. Crappie abundant. Smallmouth bass present. Perch and channel catfish common. (Fishing pier).
  • Lueck Lake (622) - 6 miles east, 2.5 miles south of Lidgerwood. Walleye abundant, with some large fish. (No ramp).
  • Mooreton Pond (288) - 2 miles east of Mooreton. Small bluegill abundant. Fair number of walleye, with some large fish. Good number of rainbow trout. Occasional perch, smallmouth bass and channel catfish. (Fishing pier).
  • Reiland Lake (729) - 3 miles north, .5 miles east of Lidgerwood. Fair number of walleye and perch. (No ramp).
  • Shriner Lake (754) - 4.5 miles south, .25 miles east of Lidgerwood. Fair number of pike and perch. (No ramp).
  • Silver Lake (681) - 2 miles north, 2 miles west of Lidgerwood. Fair number of pike and perch. (No ramp).
  • Vislisel Lake (728) - 1 mile north, 2 miles east, 1 mile north, 1 mile west of Lidgerwood. Good number of walleye and perch. (No ramp).
  • Wahl Lake (523) - 1 mile east, 2 miles south of Lidgerwood. Good number of walleye and bluegill. (No ramp).
  • West Moran Lake (669) - 2 miles east, .5 miles south of Lidgerwood. Good number of walleye. Walleye length restriction. (No ramp).
  • SARGENT COUNTY
  • Alkali Lake (302) - 3 miles south of Cayuga. Abundant small crappie. Walleye length restriction.
  • Bergh Slough (647) - 1 mile south, 2.5 miles east of Forman. Fair number of pike and crappie. (No ramp).
  • Buffalo Lake (307) - 6 miles north, 1 mile east of Rutland. Good walleye and pike populations. Large crappie present. Walleye length restriction.
  • Consolidated Lake (651) - 2 miles south, 3 miles east of Forman. Moderate number of pike, walleye and largemouth bass. Crappie present. (No ramp).
  • Fiala Lake (571) - 1 mile west, 2 miles south of Forman. Fair number of pike, with some larger fish. (No ramp).
  • Kraft Slough (643) - 1 mile south, 9 miles east, 2.5 miles north of Oakes. Walleye and perch abundant.
  • Lake Tewaukon (305) - 5 miles south of Cayuga. Contact Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge for most recent information. (Fishing pier).
  • Lake Walstead (667) - 4 miles south, 1 mile east, 1 mile north of Forman. Fair number of pike and walleye. (No ramp).
  • Ole Breum Lake (744) - 5 miles north, 1 mile east of Rutland. Fair number of perch. Low number of pike. Occasional walleye and crappie. (No ramp).
  • Silver Lake (303) - 3 miles west, 2 miles south of Rutland. Fair number of walleye. (Fishing pier).
  • Sprague Lake (309) - 6 miles west, 4 miles south, 1.5 miles west of Cayuga. Fair number of walleye.
  • Tosse Slough (679) - 7.5 miles south, 1 mile east, 2 miles south, 1 mile east of Geneseo. Low number of pike and walleye. Some larger pike present.
  • STUTSMAN COUNTY
  • Alkali Lake (539) - 11 miles north, 5 miles east, .5 miles south of Jamestown. Perch, pike and walleye abundant. (No ramp).
  • Arrowwood Lake (344) - 3 miles south, 5 miles west of Kensal. No recent information. (No ramp).
  • Bader Lake (427) - 4 miles south, 1 mile east of I-94 Exit 228. Fair perch, pike and walleye populations.
  • Barnes Lake (346) - 1 mile east, 6 miles north of Woodworth. Good pike and walleye fishery.
  • Big Mallard Marsh (599) - 9 miles north, 2.5 miles east of Woodworth. Walleye abundant. Fair number of medium-sized pike.
  • Clark Lake (340) - 1 mile west, 3 miles north, 4 miles west of Woodworth. Good walleye, pike and perch populations.
  • Cleveland Slough (665) - .5 miles south of Cleveland along County Road 67. Perch up to 12 inches. Occasional large pike. (No ramp).
  • Crystal Springs (179) - 1 mile east of Crystal Springs. Fair number of pike, walleye and perch.
  • East Easter Lake (782) - 5 miles north, 4 miles east, 1 mile south of Streeter. Good perch population of various sizes. (No ramp).
  • Gaier Lake (784) - 8.5 miles north, 1 mile west of Cleveland. Fair number of perch of various sizes. (No ramp).
  • Ghost Lake (785) - 8 miles east, 3 miles south, 1 mile west of Woodworth. Fair number of perch of various sizes. (No ramp).
  • Hehn-Schaffer Lake (459) - 4 miles north of Gackle. Fair number of pike. Occasional walleye and perch. (Fishing pier).
  • Hieb Lake (786) - 3.5 miles east, 6 miles north, 1 mile east of Medina. Fair number of perch. (No ramp).
  • Hoggarth Dam (576) - 3 miles west, 3 miles south of Courtenay. Fair number of perch. (No ramp).
  • Jamestown Reservoir (341) - 2 miles north of Jamestown. Fair number of walleye. Very high number of crappie. Some large pike. (Fishing pier).
  • Jim Lake (342) - 6 miles east of Pingree. No recent information. (No ramp).
  • Little Britches Pond (492) - Next to Jamestown Reservoir marina. Rainbow trout common during early summer. Occasional crappie, perch and walleye. (No ramp).
  • Manley Lake (631) - 4 miles south, 9 miles west, .25 miles north of Pingree. Fair number of perch. (No ramp).
  • Mud and Pearl Lakes (730) - 10 miles north, 2.5 miles west of Medina. Perch abundant, with some large fish. (No ramp).
  • Paris Lake (789) - 8 miles east, 3.5 miles south of Woodworth. Fair number of perch of various sizes. (No ramp).
  • Pipestem Reservoir (348) - 5 miles northwest, .8 miles west, 1 mile south of Jamestown. Abundant pike and crappie. Recovering walleye population.
  • R and M Lake (579) - 4 miles east, 5 miles north of Buchanan. Good number of walleye. Fair number of perch. (No ramp).
  • Reule Lake (607) - 2 miles north, 5 miles west, 1.7 miles south of Medina. Good number of walleye and perch. (No ramp).
  • Schock Lake (592) - 11 miles north, 3.5 miles east, 1 mile north, .5 miles west of Jamestown. Good number of perch of various sizes. (No ramp).
  • School Lake (790) - 5 miles north, 5 miles east, 3 miles north of Streeter. Good number of perch of various sizes. (No ramp).
  • Spiritwood Lake (343) - 11 miles north, 4 miles east of Jamestown. Good number of smallmouth bass. Fair number of walleye and perch. Low number of pike. (Fishing pier).
  • Stink Lake (766) - 2.5 miles east of Crystal Springs. Fair number of walleye. Occasional perch and pike. (No ramp).
  • Streeter Lake (460) - South side of Streeter. Low pike population. Rainbow trout present.
  • Sunday Lake (649) - 1 mile west, 3 miles north of Woodworth. Fair number of pike. Some perch. (No ramp).
  • Zimmerman Lake (796) - 2 miles north of Cleveland. Good number of perch of various sizes. (No ramp).
  • RIVERS AND LAKES
  • Bois de Sioux River (412) - Southeast corner of state in Richland County. Good catfish and walleye populations. (No ramp).
  • James River (400) - Southeastern part of state. Shore-fishing opportunities where lowhead dams and bridge crossings congregate pike and walleye.
  • Red River (411) - Eastern edge of state. Catfish abundant, with large fish common. Fair number of walleye, with large fish present. Low pike population. (Fishing pier).
  • Sheyenne River (397) - Southeastern part of state. Good number of smallmouth bass and channel catfish. Fair number of walleye. (Fishing pier).
  • Wild Rice River (409) - Southeastern part of state. Fair number of walleye and pike. (No ramp).

MISSOURI RIVER SYSTEM

Dave Fryda, Missouri River System supervisor, Riverdale

  • NORTHERN PIKE
  • Lake Sakakawea/Lake Oahe - Northern pike abundance in Lake Sakakawea has declined from record highs the last couple years, but still remains exceptional. However, the population is maturing and average size is increasing. Pike exceeding 15 pounds will become more common in 2017 and the next few years. Pike abundance in Lake Oahe has also declined from recent years, but average size is excellent, with many fish in the 15- to 20-pound range.
  • WALLEYE
  • Lake Sakakawea - Walleye fishing was good in 2016 and should remain so in 2017. High forage abundance and good habitat conditions have allowed Sakakawea walleye to maintain good body condition, good growth rates and high abundance. Overall abundance is the highest ever documented in the last 45 years due to several strong year-classes in recent years. Fish exceeding 20 inches are not real abundant, but anglers will find excellent numbers of 15- to 20-inch fish in 2017.
  • Missouri River/Lake Oahe - The fishery downstream of Garrison Dam to the South Dakota border was greatly impacted following the flood of 2011. The upper Oahe fishery has recovered much better than the Garrison reach. Forage conditions have improved and growth rates of walleye have followed. Like the Garrison reach, the dominant 2009 year-class will provide most of the harvest for anglers in 2017.
  • The Garrison reach upstream of Bismarck has been slow to recover and still stuffers from depressed forage conditions. Fishing will likely remain good in the coming year due to depressed forage conditions and decent walleye abundance, but anglers should expect to encounter few large walleye. The catch will be dominated by fish from the 2008-09 year-classes that have grown slowly, but most should reach the 14- to 16-inch size in 2017.
  • CATFISH
  • Upper Lake Sakakawea, Missouri River and Yellowstone River - A strong catfish population, with some fish exceeding 10 pounds.
  • Lake Sakakawea - Good population of catfish throughout the reservoir, but the best numbers and fishing success are in the upper end.
  • Garrison Dam Tailrace - Provides some good fishing for smaller catfish, especially in summer. Cats from this area are great table fare thanks to relatively cold water throughout summer.
  • Missouri River, south of Garrison Dam - Channel catfish are abundant and underutilized throughout the entire reach. Channel catfish are at record abundance throughout upper Lake Oahe.
  • SALMON
  • Missouri River System - Missouri River salmon fishery was greatly affected by high water in 2011, but has recovered well. Salmon fishing in 2016 was exceptional and should remain so in 2017. Young male salmon were very abundant in the 2016 spawning run, suggesting that the 2015 year-class is strong and fishing should be good over the next couple years. With a strong smelt forage base and declining effects of the 2011 flood, salmon fishing should remain good in coming years.
  • SMALLMOUTH BASS
  • Lake Sakakawea - Smallmouth bass reproduction was exceptional beginning in 2008 and anglers have encountered good numbers of fish the last couple years. The population also contains good numbers of whopper-sized fish.
  • TROUT
  • Garrison Dam Tailrace - Continues to produce trophy brown and rainbow trout. Rainbow trout have done especially well, with good numbers of 5- to 10-pound fish caught by anglers, with the occasional larger fish landed. The Tailrace brown trout fishery continues to produce exceptional fish, with a 20-pound fish always a possibility. Cutthroat trout have not done quite so well in recent years. Following their initial boom in the early 2000s, the population has declined in numbers and quality despite continued stocking.

DEVILS LAKE BASIN

Randy Hiltner, district fisheries supervisor, and Todd Caspers, fisheries biologist, both Devils Lake

  • WALLEYE
  • Devils Lake - Walleye population continues to do well. Reproduction in recent years has generally been good and there are many fish that are less than 18 inches long. The number of walleye that are 15 to 20 inches is above the long-term average. The number of walleye longer than 20 inches is lower than that of smaller fish, but these larger fish are right around their long-term average. The number of larger walleye would likely be better, but weak hatches produced from 2003-05 are likely contributing to their lower abundances.
  • Stump Lake - Walleye population is doing well. There are a variety of sizes available, with good numbers of fish from 15 to 20 inches. Larger fish seem to be showing up more frequently, as the population continues to mature.
  • Lake Irvine - Boat access conditions currently poor, as the makeshift boat launch site a few miles north of Churchs Ferry is essentially unusable due to lower water levels. Walleye population is doing very well. Fish are abundant, with many sizes available. Most are between 14-20 inches, but larger walleye are present in good numbers.
  • NORTHERN PIKE
  • Devils Lake - Northern pike will continue to provide excellent angler opportunities in 2017. Pike are doing very well and continue to reproduce naturally. Pike are abundant and found throughout the lake, particularly in shallower areas. Most of the pike are between 20-28 inches, but trophy-sized pike are present. Pike are underutilized in Devils Lake, so anglers should not be shy about keeping their limit.
  • Stump Lake - Pike numbers have decreased over the past few years and are below average, but they are still relatively abundant in Stump Lake. Most of the pike are medium-sized, but there are larger fish present.
  • Lake Irvine - Pike are very abundant. Most are medium-sized, but there are some larger fish. Pike in Lake Irvine are underutilized, so anglers should not be shy about keeping their limit. In fact, the pike seem to be too abundant for their own good, as their body condition has declined, so keeping pike from this lake would actually be beneficial for the population as it may help reduce competition for food.
  • YELLOW PERCH
  • Devils Lake - The number of catchable-sized yellow perch is lower than last year. The number of perch from 8 to 10 inches is a bit above the long-term average, while other sizes of perch are below the long-term average.
  • Stump Lake - The number of yellow perch has been good, but their numbers appear to be lower this year. There should still be perch fishing opportunities in 2017, as the number of 8- to 10-inch fish is still a bit above average, but the other sizes are below average.
  • Lake Irvine - The number of yellow perch in Lake Irvine is low, but the few perch in the lake tend to be larger.
  • WHITE BASS
  • Devils Lake - White bass numbers have increased recently. However, most are from the strong hatch in 2015, so they are still relatively small. Most will probably be 8-11 inches in 2017-18. All of the other size-classes of white bass are significantly below their long-term average due to weak reproduction from 2010 to 2014.
  • Stump Lake - The white bass numbers in Stump remain low.
  • Lake Irvine - White bass numbers in Lake Irvine are low, but fish are good-sized. Fish populations in Lake Alice are similar to those in Lake Irvine.