Some of the best fishing around the Midwest is right here in North Dakota and within an hour of Minot, there are several bodies of water where you can drop a line.


Fishing spots in Minot


  • State Fair Pond
    Located on the grounds at the North Dakota State Fair, the pond is annually stocked with panfish and trout.


  • Souris (Mouse) River
    Flowing through the city, there are several places where an angler can drop a line. Perch, pike, and walleye can be reeled in right within city limits.


  • Minot Parks Fishing Piers
    Minot Parks has two fishing piers currently open at Roosevelt Park. The first is located on the north side near the skate park and the second can be found by crossing the bridge by foot which leads to the East loop. Once on that loop, you can find their pier on the backside.


Upper Souris Wildlife Refuge | 30 Minutes from Minot

Lake Darling is home to many species of fish and at the Upper Souris Wildlife Refuge. While fishing in this area, there are picnic tables and a fishing dock pier.  Many people will fish along the shoreline just south of Grano Crossing. Lake Darling and the Souris River are both popular year-round fishing locations for pike, walleye, yellow perch, and smallmouth bass.


Rice Lake | 30 Minutes from Minot

Rice Lake is located inside Ward County and contains large northern pike. The northern point of the lake is home to the boat launch.


Buffalo Lodge Lake | 40 Minutes from Minot

Buffalo Lodge Lake is located in McHenry County, with 1,395 acres of lake to fish Northern Pike, Walleye, and Yellow Perch. The deepest point of the lake approximately 12 feet deep.


Carlson Lake | 40 Minutes from Minot

North – Anglers can reel in northern pike and small perch while fishing at North Carlson. With the max depth at less than 25 feet, this round lake is equipped with a boat launch at the southeast side.

South – Bluegill numbers are increasing inside the South Carlson Lake and the northern pikes are smaller in this part of the lake. The boat launch and fishing pier are both located at the northern tip of the lake.


Scooby Lake | 40 Minutes from Minot

Fishing access can be found on the northeast side of the lake. Scooby is home to decent-sized perch and walleye.


Fort Stevenson | 50 Minutes from Minot

Fort Stevenson has two marinas, Garrison Bay Marina and De Trobriand Bay Marina, both of which have boat-accessible dock slips. Fort Stevenson is known as the “Walleye Capital” of North Dakota. Fort Stevenson also offers boat rentals and fish cleaning facilities.


Hiddenwood Lake | 55 Minutes from Minot

Hiddenwood Lake is a 128-acre lake is located in Ward County, just less than an hour drive from Minot. It is approximately 18 feet deep at its deepest point. When fishing, anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye and Yellow Perch next to the Hiddenwood National Wildlife Refuge.


Lake Audubon | 1 Hour from Minot

Lake Audubon has many boat ramps depending on which direction you are coming in from. This body of water is deepest near Totten Trail. The lake is also a National Wildlife Refuge so watch for boundaries as to where boats cannot access. While fishing for walleye, anglers may also reel in some smallmouth bass, or pike, too.


Lake Sakakawea | 1 Hour from Minot

Lake Sakakawea is the third-largest man-made reservoir in the nation, nearly 368,000-acres, there are miles of lakeshore providing premier fishing. Lake Sakakawea is home to Walleye, Northern Pike, and Chinook salmon. Anglers can find a full-service marina, marina convenience store, and fish cleaning stations. The lake’s boat ramps offering deep water access for the best salmon fishing on the lake.


Des Lac National Forest | 1 Hour 15 Minutes from Minot

Des Lac National Forest has three places located throughout the National forest in which one can fish. Fishing areas include Des Lacs Reservoir, Middle Des Lacs Lake, and the Des Lacs River. Des Lac National Forest located just 1.9 miles from Kenmore.


Cross Ranch State Park | 1 Hour 20 Minutes from Minot

The Cross Ranch State Park is located along seven miles of the last free-flowing, undeveloped stretches of the Missouri River. There is a boat ramp available for those wishing to explore the scenic segment of the river. While Anglers will find walleye, pike, and bass in the waters.


Northgate Dam | 1 Hour 20 Minutes from Minot

The Northgate Dam offers excellent fishing for trout, walleye, bluegill, and small and big mouth bass. Water access includes boating access and docks for angler fishing.


Lake Metigoshe Area | 1 Hour 30 Minutes from Minot

Upon the northern United States and Canadian border, Lake Metigoshe is featuring four fishing docks, and boat ramps around the lake to accommodate every angler.  Try your luck at hooking one of the several species of fish including Blue Gill, crappie, pike, and walleye.


Bottineau Winter Park | 1 Hour 30 Minutes from Minot

Bottineau Winter Park offers an array of winter activities including ice fishing. Bottineau Winter Park has been dubbed “The Jewel above the Prairie”.


Lewis and Clark State Park | 1 Hour 45 Minutes from Minot

Located in the Lewis and Clark State Park is the Lewis and Clark Marina. Two piers are available, gas-pump and septic pump full service on the water. Through the boat ramp, it gives access to Lake Sakakawea in which is premier fishing water.