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NORTH CENTRAL FISHERIES DISTRICT

Jason Lee, district fisheries supervisor, Riverdale

BOTTINEAU COUNTY

Boundary Lake (083) – 9 miles north, 11 miles east, 2.5 miles north of Bottineau. Prior to 2012, the lake hadn’t been stocked with yellow perch since 1989. Perch fishery is just starting. (No ramp).
Carbury Dam (452) – 1 mile south, 1 mile west of Carbury. Good numbers of smaller pike. (Fishing pier).
Lake Metigoshe (077) – 9 miles north, 4 miles east, 1 mile north of Bottineau. Holds several sizes of bluegill, including some large fish, along with some nice crappie. Good numbers of walleye, with a wide range of sizes. Good northern pike fishing, with some large fish. (Fishing pier). Long Lake (078) – 8 miles north, 7 miles east, 1 mile south, 1 mile east, .5 miles south, .3 miles east of Bottineau. Decent pike population, with a wide range of sizes. Lots of small perch.
Loon Lake (674) – 9 miles north, 4 miles east, 2 miles south, 2 miles east, .5 miles north of Bottineau. Fairly new perch fishery, with high numbers and some larger fish. (No ramp).
Pelican Lake (079) – 9 miles north, 8 miles east, .5 miles southwest of Bottineau. Decent numbers of northern pike.
Strawberry Lake (081) – 4 miles north, 2.5 miles east, .5 miles south of Carbury. Stocked annually with rainbow trout. (Fishing pier).

BURLEIGH COUNTY

New Johns Lake (750) – 11.8 miles south, 3 miles east of Mercer. Decent walleye numbers, with some larger fish. Lots of small- to medium-sized yellow perch. Bluegill numbers have increased in recent years. (Fishing pier).

MCHENRY COUNTY

Bentley Lake (129) – 3 miles west of Drake. Fair numbers of small pike and some perch. (No ramp).
Buffalo Lodge Lake (205) – 1 mile east, 3 miles north, 2 miles east of Granville. Excellent pike numbers. Increased lake levels in recent years produced a good environment for pike. Walleye population somewhat reduced, with increase in pike numbers. Mostly small perch. (Fishing pier).
Cottonwood Lake (202) – 2.5 miles north of Butte. Pike and perch rebounding nicely after significant winterkill in 2009. (Fishing pier).
George Lake (203) – 13 miles north, 1 mile east, 1.3 miles north, .5 miles east of the junction of U.S. Highway 52 and ND Highway 14. Good numbers of pike, with some large fish. (Fishing pier).
Round Lake (204) – 6 miles north, 4.5 miles east of Drake. Good numbers of 14- to 16-inch walleye. Decent numbers of pike. (No ramp).

MCLEAN COUNTY

Brush Lake (221) – 3 miles north of Mercer. Lots of 6- to 8-inch perch. Fair numbers of walleye. Good pike population, with some larger fish. (Fishing pier).
Camp Lake (479) – 17.5 miles north, 2 miles east of Turtle Lake. Decent numbers of pike and lots of small perch. (No ramp).
Camp Loop Pond (546) – 3 miles southwest of Riverdale on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ downstream campground. Pond renovation planned in 2013. (No ramp).
Crooked Lake (223) – 10 miles north, .2 miles east, .1 mile south of Turtle Lake. Decent numbers of smaller pike, perch and walleye. Winterkill in 2009 resulted in major fish loss, so mostly young fish in the lake. (Fishing pier).
Custer Mine (224) – 4 miles east, 2 miles south of Garrison. A good put-and-take rainbow trout fishery in a small, easy-to-fish pond. Abundant small bluegill.
East Park Lake (752) – 9 miles south of Mercer. Decent walleye numbers, with some larger fish. Fair numbers of small- to medium-sized yellow perch. Bluegill numbers have increased in recent years. (Fishing pier).
Lake Audubon (225) – North of Coleharbor. Good numbers of walleye and an excellent smallmouth bass fishery. Anglers should see good numbers of 14- to 16-inch walleye in the next few seasons. Some large pike. (Fishing pier).
Lake Brekken (232) – 1.5 miles north of Turtle Lake. Good numbers of small- and quality-sized walleye. Decent numbers of perch, some larger fish. (Fishing pier).
Lake Holmes (455) – 1 mile northeast of Turtle Lake. Connected to Lake Brekken by a large culvert. Decent numbers of small- to medium-sized walleye. Good numbers of quality-sized perch.
Lightning Lake (233) – .5 miles east of Turtle Lake. A quality trout fishery, with some large trout. Bluegill numbers have increased in recent years, with some nice-sized fish. (Fishing pier).
Long Lake (228) – 13 miles north, 4 miles east, 2 miles north, 1.5 miles west of Turtle Lake. Pike population bouncing back nicely after winterkill. Holds mostly smaller pike.
Painted Woods Creek (418) – 5 miles southeast of Washburn. Fair numbers of northern pike. (No ramp).
Pelican Lake (757) – 7 miles north, 3 miles east, .4 miles north of Mercer. Abundant perch and some smaller pike. (No ramp).
Riverdale City Pond (220) – North side of Riverdale. Popular pond for kids and family outings. Lots of small bluegill. Stocked annually with rainbow trout. (No ramp, fishing pier).
Strawberry Lake (226) – 17.5 miles north, 2 miles east of Turtle Lake. Good pike population. Lots of small perch and bluegill. (Fishing pier).
Triangle Y Pond (463) – 4 miles west, 1.5 miles south, 1 mile west, 1 mile south, 1 mile west, .5 miles south of Garrison. Small pond stocked with perch, used mostly by Triangle Y kids. (No ramp, fishing pier).
Turtle Lake (697) – 4.5 miles west, 1 mile north of Turtle Lake. Decent numbers of northern pike, some larger fish. (No ramp).
Weishaar WPA (488) – 8 miles north, 8 miles west, 1 mile north of Turtle Lake. Winter perch fishery. (No ramp).
West Park Lake (753) – 9 miles south, 2 miles west of Mercer. Fair numbers of walleye and perch. Most perch are small. Good numbers of pike, with some larger fish available. (No ramp).

MERCER COUNTY

Beulah Mine Pond (235) – 2 miles north, 2.5 miles east, .5 miles north of Beulah. Contains some pike. (No ramp).
Harmony Lake (560) – 6 miles north, 1 mile west of Hazen. Good numbers of bluegill, with some quality-sized fish. Stocked annually with rainbow trout. (Fishing pier).

OLIVER COUNTY

East Arroda Dam (262) – 1 mile east of Fort Clark – ND Highway 200A. Good crappie numbers, with some quality fish. Pike numbers have increased in recent years, with mostly smaller pike. Earthen fishing piers constructed to improve shore-fishing access.
Nelson Lake (258) – 5 miles east, 3 miles south of Center. The best largemouth bass lake in the state. Open water year-round allows fish to grow better than in other lakes. State record largemouth – 8 pounds, 7 ½ ounces – caught here in 1983. Abundant quality-sized bluegill and crappie. (Fishing pier).
Oliver County Sportsmen’s Pond (266) – 4 miles south, .5 miles west of Center. Stocked annually with about 200 rainbow trout. (No ramp).
West Arroda Dam (264) – 1 mile east of Fort Clark – ND Highway 200A. Good crappie numbers, with some quality fish. Pike numbers have increased in recent years, with mostly smaller pike. Earthen fishing piers constructed to improve shore-fishing access.

PIERCE COUNTY

Antelope Lake (617) – 9 miles east, 3 miles north, 1 mile west, 2 miles north of Anamoose. Abundant nice-sized perch. Many 12- to 16-inch walleye, with some larger fish available. (No ramp).
Balta Dam (269) – .5 miles south of Balta. Good numbers of smaller pike.
Clear Lake (654) – 6 miles east, .7 miles south of Anamoose. Newly stocked lake, with good numbers of walleye and quality-sized perch. (No ramp).
Davis Lake (024) – 2 miles west, 1.5 miles south of Balta. Lots of pike, with some larger fish.
Lesmeister Lake (692) – 3.5 miles west, 2 miles south of the intersection of ND highways 3 and 19. Good numbers of smaller walleye. (No ramp).

RENVILLE COUNTY

Glenburn Pond (466) – North side of Glenburn. Small pond stocked annually with trout. Yellow perch and bluegill stocked periodically. (No ramp).

ROLETTE COUNTY

Lake Udall (741) – Through the International Peace Garden, 13 miles north of Dunseith. Small pond stocked with rainbow trout and bluegill for the first time in 2012. (No ramp).

SHERIDAN COUNTY

Bender Lake (715) – .5 miles south, 4 miles west, .5 miles south of Martin. Stocked with perch for the first time in 2011. (No ramp).
Cherry Lake (698) – 7 miles north, 3 miles east, 2 miles north, 1 mile west of Mercer. Some quality-sized perch. (No ramp).
Coal Mine Lake (482) – 14 miles south, 5 miles east of Anamoose. Abundant northern pike, mostly smaller. Winterkilled in 2009. (Fishing pier).
Davis WPA (598) – 8 miles south, 1 mile east of Denhoff. Abundant perch, with some quality-sized fish. Walleye population expanding in recent years, with some nice fish. (No ramp).
Heckers Lake (751) – 9 miles south, 2.4 miles east of Mercer. Fair numbers of perch, with some quality-sized fish. Decent numbers of pike and smallmouth bass. (No ramp).
Kaibel Lake (756) – 10.2 miles south of Drake. Lots of perch, many smaller-sized. (No ramp).
Lake Richard (653) – 4.5 miles south of Drake. Abundant yellow perch, with some quality-sized fish. (No ramp).
Mud Lake (716) – 4.5 miles south of Anamoose. Stocked with perch for the first time in 2011. (No ramp).
North (Hoffer) McClusky (461) – 2 miles north, 1 mile west of McClusky. Abundant smaller pike. (No ramp).
Sheyenne Lake (314) – 10 miles south, 1 mile east, 1 mile south of Anamoose. Stocked biannually with northern pike. (No ramp).
South (Hoffer) McClusky (316) – 2 miles north, 1 mile west of McClusky. Decent numbers of perch, walleye and northern pike. Some bluegill and crappie. (Fishing pier).
Stober Lake (562) – 4 miles west, 1 mile north of Goodrich. Good numbers of perch, many smaller, but some larger fish. (No ramp).
Vollrath Lake (699) – 5.5 miles north, 1 mile east, 1 mile south of Goodrich. Some quality-sized perch. (No ramp).
Wolf Lake (558) – .5 miles south, 1.5 miles west of Martin. Winterkilled in 2009, so mostly small pike and perch. (No ramp).

WARD COUNTY

Hiddenwood Lake (443) – 8 miles south of Makoti. Fair numbers of yellow perch and northern pike. (Fishing pier).
Makoti Lake (365) – 6 miles south of Makoti. Winterkilled in 2010. Pike and perch fishery recovering. Currently has mostly smaller fish.
North Carlson Lake (360) – 10 miles east of Ryder. Good numbers of smaller pike, making it a good place to take a kid fishing.
Rice Lake (362) – 4 miles north, 7 miles east, 2 miles north of Ryder. Winterkilled in 2011, but pike and perch fisheries coming back nicely.
South Carlson Lake (361) – 10 miles east of Ryder. Good fishing in recent years for mostly smaller pike. (Fishing pier).
State Fair Pond (027) – North end of state fair grounds. Small pond stocked annually with trout and panfish. (No ramp, fishing pier).
Velva Sportsmen’s Pond (364) – 7 miles south, 1.5 miles west, 1 mile south, .5 miles west of Velva. Consistently a quality fishery for nice-sized browns and rainbows.

WELLS COUNTY

Hurd Lake (718) – 2 miles west, 3 miles south of Hurdsfield. Holds smaller perch. (No ramp).

RIVERS AND LAKES

Knife River (392) – In Dunn and Mercer counties. Connected to Missouri River, so a variety of fish species can be caught. (No ramp).
Lake Sakakawea (020) – Near the cities of Williston, New Town, Garrison and Riverdale. See separate Missouri River System report. (Fishing pier).
McClusky Canal (464) – Central part of state in McLean, Burleigh and Sheridan counties. Excellent smallmouth bass fishery, with abundant fish up to 18 inches. (No ramp).
Missouri River (004) – Missouri River from near Riverdale to south of Bismarck. (Fishing pier). See separate Missouri River System report.
Souris River (Mouse River) (396) – North central part of state. Good numbers of northern pike and walleye, especially after Lake Darling flooded in 2011. (Fishing pier).