Dakota Trails - North Dakota Outdoor Sports

Winter Fishing Regulations

North Dakota anglers are encouraged to refer to the 2018-20 North Dakota Fishing Guide or the state Game and Fish Department’s website for winter fishing regulations.   In addition, anglers can visit the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov, for an extensive list of fishing questions and answers.   Some winter fishing regulations include: A maximum of four poles […]

Tentative 2020 Season Opening Dates

To help North Dakota hunters prepare for hunting seasons in 2020, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department annually provides its best estimate for opening dates for the coming year. Dates become official when approved by governor’s proclamation. Tentative opening dates for 2020 include:   Spring Turkey April 11 Dove September 1 Deer and Pronghorn […]

Fish House Regulations

Winter anglers are reminded that any fish house left unoccupied on North Dakota waters must be made out of materials that will allow it to float.   Other fish house regulations include: Fish houses do not require a license. Occupied structures do not require identification. However, any unoccupied fish house must have an equipment registration number issued […]

Salmon Spawn Completed

Fisheries crews have completed their annual salmon spawning operation on the Missouri River System, after collecting more than 1.6 million eggs. North Dakota Game and Fish Department Missouri River System supervisor Dave Fryda said crews easily collected enough eggs to stock the 400,000 smolts planned for Lake Sakakawea in 2020. Unlike past years, Fryda said […]

​Fishing Tournaments Require 30-Day Notice

Fishing Tournaments Require 30-Day Notice Organizers planning fishing tournaments, including ice fishing contests this winter, are reminded to submit an application along with fishing tournament regulations to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department at least 30 days prior to the start of the event. The 30-day advance notice allows for review by agency staff […]