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Although there aren?t many trout streams in North Dakota, if you?re willing to think outside the box and pursue slightly larger, slightly toothier species, you?ll find plenty of water to explore with a fly rod in the Peace Garden State.
There?s no question that walleye are the favorite fish statewide, but when it comes to fly fishing, pike have a lot to offer fly anglers looking for a challenge and a serious fight. Lake Sakakawea, the largest body of water in the state, provides what seems to be endless fishing opportunities, with a wide range of species including walleye, smallmouth bass, white bass, crappie, yellow perch, pike, and even landlocked chinook salmon. Devils Lake is another large body of water that has many of the same species and is a popular lake to go after toothy critters. The Missouri River, both before and after Lake Sakakawea, offers loads of fishing opportunities, and the central section holds populations of brown, rainbow, cutthroat, and lake trout, though it is big water and is best fished from a boat. Some of the state?s most accessible fishing is found in lakes and ponds within close reach of cities. These ponds are stocked with trout, pike, and catfish, and give anglers of all skill levels easy access to fishable water and the chance to catch brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout with a fly rod.
Being so far north, North Dakota?s fishing season is divided into two distinct seasons: open water fishing season, and ice fishing season. That said, there is no closed season, and as long as you?re willing to drill a hole in the ice, there are fish to be caught all year long in North Dakota.
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When the winter weather sets in, fish get lazy
posted on Tue Feb 7
Well it’s officially winter here on the east coast. For me, winter means bundling up next to the fire tying dozens of flies at the vice and eating pizza on an almost nightly basis. My winter activity is actually very similar to how trout act in th...
Choosing the proper fly rod
posted on Sat Jan 21
Proper fly fishing gear is essential. Along with the reel, flies and line, the most important gear is the fly rod. Fly rods may vary in length from 6 - 12 feet and come in different weights, colors, actions, materials and types. Understanding the rod...
6 Tips to take better photos of your catch
posted on Fri Jan 13
Having a photograph taken of your catch is something that all anglers can appreciate. First trout, biggest fish, memorable catch, etc. etc. That photograph can be looked back at years later and it will remind you instantly of that day. What I'm here ...
Guides based in North Dakota
Today TU is a national organization with more than 150,000 members organized into about 400 chapters from Maine to Montana to Alaska. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of