North Dakota bulks up trout-fishing possibilities

Almost 40 local fisheries around North Dakota have a fresh supply of catchable trout, as state Game and Fish Department personnel are wrapping up their annual spring trout stocking efforts.

Fisheries production and development section leader Jerry Weigel said while fisheries statewide are at historic highs, many are not as easily accessible to youngsters, older adults and disabled anglers.

“These stockings put catchable fish in waters that are accessible,” Weigel said. “Many community fisheries have fishing piers, and provide a great opportunity for a first-time anglers to catch fish.”

In addition, Weigel emphasized that trout are kid-friendly and they bite aggressively in the spring before temperatures warm up, so the best time to catch them will be in the next few weeks.

The trout are nice-sized, too, Weigel said, as more than 20,000 11-inch rainbow trout were stocked, along with 800 1- to 2-pound cutthroat trout. Following is a list of lakes, by county, to receive trout this spring:

  • Barnes – Blumers Pond (rainbow), Hatchery Kids Pond (rainbow)
  • Bottineau – Strawberry Lake (rainbow)
  • Bowman – Lutz Dam (rainbow)
  • Burleigh – McDowell Dam (rainbow), OWLS Pond (cutthroat, rainbow), Wilton Pond (cutthroat, rainbow)
  • Cass – Brooks Harbor Pond (rainbow), Casselton Pond (rainbow), North Woodhaven Pond (rainbow)
  • Cavalier – Langdon City Pond (rainbow)
  • Golden Valley – Beach City Pond (rainbow)
  • Grand Forks – Ryan Park Pond (rainbow), Turtle River (rainbow)
  • Hettinger – Castle Rock Dam (rainbow), Mott Watershed Dam (rainbow)
  • McKenzie – Watford City Park Pond (rainbow)
  • McLean – Camp Loop Pond (rainbow), Custer Mine (rainbow), Lightning Lake (rainbow), Riverdale City Pond (rainbow)
  • Mercer – Hazen Creek (rainbow)
  • Morton – Gaebe Pond (rainbow), Krieg’s Pond (rainbow), Little Heart Pond (rainbow), Nygren Dam (rainbow), Porsborg Dam (cutthroat, rainbow)
  • Mountrail – Stanley Pond (rainbow)
  • Oliver – Oliver County Sportsmen’s Pond (rainbow)
  • Ransom – Mooringstone Pond (rainbow)
  • Renville – Glenburn Pond (rainbow)
  • Rolette – Lake Udall (rainbow)
  • Stark – Belfield Pond (rainbow), Dickinson Dike (rainbow, cutthroat)
  • Stutsman – Streeter Lake (rainbow)
  • Ward – State Fair Pond (rainbow), Velva Sportsmen’s Pond (rainbow)
  • Williams – West Spring Lake Pond (rainbow, cutthroat), Kettle Lake (rainbow),

Anglers may refer to the fishing tab at the Game and Fish Department’s website,, for a complete stocking report.

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