Fishing is good, but let’s be honest. Every one of us would rather be catching. Fortunately, North Dakota is famous for its productive fisheries. Their plentiful lakes and rivers are teeming with game fish like northern pike, walleye, perch, trout and bass. Water levels, species diversity, fish sizes and populations are up. So, if you’re up for more action, more trophy catches and more fun, North Dakota is your fishing hotspot. True anglers won’t let a little (or a lot) of ice sidetrack their plans for a weekend fishing outing. Ice fishing in the winter in North Dakota is also amazing. Devils Lake is one of the premier ice fishing lakes in the state. For three months of ice-over, every lake and frozen backwater are in the state is home to potential whoppers. And yet you can still find open water to fish, even on days when the temperatures drop well below zero.
More than 1,100 square miles of water and a fishing season that never closes await you in South Dakota. The fishing section on the South Dakota website has been divided into four regions to assist your planning. When planning your fishing trip, refer to the Game, Fish and Parks Rules and Regulations webpage or the South Dakota Fishing Handbook (PDF) for rules, regulations and specific season dates. Game, Fish and Parks also offers online maps of fishing access sites.
With 4,200 crystalline lakes sand 27,000 miles of blue-ribbon, fishable streams, Wyoming is the ultimate fishing and fly fishing destination. Expert anglers and eager beginners alike can find a fisherman’s dream along the clear waters scattered across the state. Wyoming embraces this gift, ensuring that capable guides and outfitters are as plentiful as the fish waiting to be caught.
Yellowstone is perhaps the most famous fishing spot in the state, with anglers drawn by the legendary trout in its rivers. Brook trout, brown trout, rainbows and native cutthroat trout beckon to enthusiasts. Farther south, in Grand Teton National Park, others seek out the Snake River cutthroat, a colourful character found in its namesake river.
Montana’s trout streams and rivers, the Blackfoot, the Missouri and the Smith, are the legendary rivers that have come to be known for wild trout and matching the hatch. Montana’s trout streams are the kinds of places where you embrace crisp mornings and ease into lingering evenings.
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