Top Places for Bass Fishing in North Dakota


Well known for its great walleye, perch and pike fisheries, bass fishing in North Dakota is also provides some excellent angling in spring, summer and fall.

Nelson Lake


Nelson Lake offers plenty of rocks throughout the lake as well as cattails and reeds. This lake also provides creeks, flats and strong current flows in the North West end of the lake from the power plant outlet.

Lake Audubon

This lake is littered with islands with plenty of gravel and rocks. Bring a GPS or a map to help with navigation. A green line located on locally-available maps indicates where boats are not allowed to go during the open-water months. This lake covers 16,611 acres so there will be plenty of open water to fish.


Lake Sakakawea

This big, multi-species lake covers over 385,000 acres and offers a wide variety of bass-fishing options from shore or boat. Most anglers work the shoreline cover with crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastics while boaters ply the deeper water with jigs, deep-diving crankbaits and trolled spoons. Plan to be on the water at night or early and late in the day for best results.

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