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These regulations are in effect for two years from April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2020.

A fishing year is defined as April 1 of one calendar year through March 31 of the following calendar year.

Game fish are: Nongame fish are all species that inhabit and reproduce in the state’s waters that are not listed above as game fish or legal live baitfish (see next section.) Legal live baitfish are fathead minnows, creek chubs and sticklebacks.

White sucker are also legal live baitfish, but only for use in the Red and Bois de Sioux rivers.

*Available only from the Department’s Bismarck office.

Stocking of any live fish, live fish eggs, live amphibians, or other live aquatic organisms into any waters of the state is illegal except with the appropriate license or permit issued by the Game and Fish director.

All legal live aquatic organisms used by anglers, including legal baitfish (e.g. No live aquatic organisms may be imported into the state by anglers. Anglers may not transport water, including that used for bait (e.g., bait buckets, etc.), away from waters of the state designated as infested with Class 1: Prohibited Aquatic Nuisance Species; this includes only the Red River.

Free Fishing Days - Residents of North Dakota may fish without a resident fishing license on June 2-3, 2018, December 29-30, 2018, June 1-2, 2019 and December 28-29, 2019.

NOTE: In the event of emergency changes to the 2018-2020 proclamation, Game and Fish will alert the media and public and post new information on the Department’s website.

Licenses are valid for one year starting April 1 and ending March 31 of the following year.

The transportation of live white suckers, other than in Richland, Cass, Traill, Grand Forks, Walsh and Pembina counties, is illegal.

It is illegal to possess more than an aggregate of 150 legal live baitfish. Licensed anglers may trap their bait but may not use more than one minnow trap and/or one dip net for taking smelt or legal live aquatic bait.

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