North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds anglers to be aware of winter fishing regulations
Anglers in North Dakota should check out the 2020-22 Fishing Guide or the state Game and Fish Department’s website for winter fishing regulations, plus fishing questions and answers.
Anglers are beginning to venture out on the ice in parts of North Dakota, and the Game and Fish Department encourages people to check out the 2020-22 Fishing Guide or the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website for winter fishing regulations, plus fishing questions and answers.
Some winter fishing regulations include:
A maximum of four rods is legal for ice fishing.
Tip-ups are legal, and each tip-up is considered a single rod.
Mechanical devices that set the hook are legal; however, the use of any device that automatically retrieves the fish is illegal.
There is no restriction on the size of the hole in the ice while fishing. Materials used to mark holes must be in possession of anglers and spearers as soon as a hole larger than 10 inches in diameter is made in the ice.
It is only legal to release fish back into the water immediately after they are caught. Once a fish is held in a bucket or on a stringer, they can no longer be legally released in any water.
It is illegal to catch fish and transport them in water.
It is illegal to leave fish, including bait, behind on the ice.
All live aquatic bait, such as fathead minnows, must be purchased or trapped in North Dakota.
Depositing or leaving any litter or other waste material on the ice or shore is illegal.
The daily limit is a limit of fish taken from midnight to midnight. No person may possess more than one day’s limit of fish while on the ice or actively engaged in fishing. If a situation occurs in which an angler fishes overnight, the first daily limit must be removed from the ice by midnight before continuing to harvest fish.
The possession limit is the maximum number of fish that an angler may have in possession during a fishing trip of more than one day.
It is illegal to introduce anything into the water for the purpose of attempting to attract fish (chumming, artificial light, etc.) that is not attached or applied to a lure.