Fishing Changes with the Seasons in North Dakota

A never-ending fishing season offers ever-changing rewards

Fishing techniques and locations change, some based on the season, the weather and several other factors. The only sure thing about fishing in North Dakota is that the fish keep on biting. As Lake Sakakawea warms and cools, the presentations change to keep the bite going. Fishing, however, remains excellent all along the big lake.

The Missouri River below Garrison Dam through central North Dakota into Lake Oahe has been a fishing hotbed all year, even with the river level high.

Anglers have been pulling walleyes out of our rivers and lakes all summer and heading into fall. Walleye is the king - the fish of choice - in North Dakota and can be found almost anywhere. But Lake Sakakawea also is prime for northern pike and salmon and trout.

Devils Lake is brimming with perch, bass, walleye and pike. Here, like on Lake Sakakawea, fish will begin to slowly alter their depths and cause anglers to switch patterns. Again, the fishing remains excellent.

For those seeking unique challenges this fall, try fly fishing smaller streams or hauling in whopper catfish from the Red River in the east. 

Whatever your choice of fight, North Dakota has the battle for you, whether you're long-lining on the big lake or casting crankbaits from a lake shore. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has all the information you need to get started. Click here for some of the state's most proven fishing spots.

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