fishing season runs from April 1st thru March 31st.
There is no longer a "closed" period on Devils Lake. However,
usually late November/early December and late March/early April
have extremely dangerous ice conditions that prohibit most fishing
on the lake.
Number of Fishing
Lines Allowed: Ice Fishing - 4 lines per angler Summer fishing -
2 lines per angler
Daily Fish Limits
for Devils Lake Species:
Walleye - 5 per angler
Northern Pike - 5 per angler (Benson, Eddy, & Ramsey Counties
White Bass - 20/day 80 in possession limit
Yellow Perch - 20/day 80 in possession limit
Crappie - 20/day 80 in possession limit
Muskie - 3 per angler (30inch minium size length)
ND Law requires the angler to be within 150 feet of their lines.
ND Law requires lines be checked at least once per hour.
Boat/Motor Size Restrictions:
Ice Houses: ND No
longer requires fish house licenses!!! We lobbied hard & won!!!
Fathead minnows and
sticklebacks shall be the only legal live bait fish allowed. It
is illegal to use suckers, shiners, or any other type of minnow.
It is illegal to use live smelt for bait.
It is illegal to release
baitfish into any North Dakota waters.
Baitfish - Fish which
have been preserved by freezing, salting or otherwise treated to
inactivate sexual products are considered legal bait. Game fish
or parts thereof shall be illegal except for perch eyes, and trout
and salmon eggs, which are legal bait.
Cut or prepared bait
- Cut bait using non-game fish shall be legal. Cut bait is defined
as fish having the head removed and being eviscerated.
Other live bait -
Other live bait include all amphibians, insects or other invertebrates
or parts thereof, which are legal bait.
It is illegal to possess,
or possess with intent to sell or to use as live baitfish any species
of fish not allowable as mentioned in this section. The use of or
possession of a restricted baitfish while fishing in waters prohibiting
use of that baitfish is illegal. The penalty for fishing with or
possession of an illegal live bait fish is $250.00.
Winter access areas
include most boat access areas. The Devils Lake Tourism Committee
has a subcommittee called the Lake Access Committee to address winter
access points and trails for vehicles. These points change based
on fishing "hot spots". Please check with us or the DL
Chamber of Commerce for up to the minute changes.
Winter Trails: This
committee is also responsible for maintaining trail system on the
lake. A contractor is hired each year to maintain access points
and to maintain a trail system. This system is funded through donations
from fisherman and local businesses. PLEASE HELP SUPPORT THIS TRAIL
SYSTEM BY PURCHASING A LAKE ACCESS PERMIT (not required) AT ONE
OF THE LOCAL BAITSHOPS/RESORTS.