Number of Fish Species: 103
State Sportfish: Northern Pike
Notable Records: a 37lb northern pike from Lake Sakakawea, a 21lb 4oz. rainbow trout from Missouri River, a 15lb 12oz. walleye from Wood Lake, a 130lb paddlefish from the Missouri River
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Quickcast: Welcome to North Dakota, where tourism is slow and the fishing is fast! This state is one of the least visited states in the U.S. which is good for those wanting to explore some of the many sport fish that abound. Looking first in the Northwest one will find the Little Muddy River that will produce some northern pike and channel cats (among others). The Little Muddy River leads into Lake Sakakawea which is a very large explanse of water. This lake is known for walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass and salmon species. Sakakawea eventually drains into the Missouri River which will yield walleye, northern pike, browns, rainbows and cutthroat trout. Continuing southward on the Missouri one runs into Lake Oahe. This lake draws fishermen in to hook into walleye, northern pike, smallmouth, catfish species and burbot. Meanwhile in the Northeast one will find a fairly large lake called Devils Lake. This lake should be a good spot to find walleye, northern pike, perch and white bass. South of Devils Lake near the bottom side of the state is James River. James is typically fished for northern pike, walleye, bigmouth buffalo, sauger and crappie. Also, in the Southwestern portion of the state are rivers like the Heart, Cannonball and Cedar. The Cannonball in particular will yield card for sure but may also produce walleye, northern pike and catfish species.