Devils Lake – Rating 9.75
Devils Lake is the largest natural body of water in North Dakota. It is the premier vacation destination in the state. You can find some of the finest fishing and hunting here, which will keep you busy for all 4 seasons of the year. The lake is about 122,000 acres and most of it is not developed. Fishing is excellent for a number of species. Walleye, perch, northern pike, and white bass are caught in Devils Lake. Being a relatively shallow lake with excellent populations of forage, large fish are produced quickly in Devils Lake. Many pike over 10 pounds are caught every year. Walleye in the 6 to 8 pound class are common as well as some jumbo yellow perch. Most people target the pike, perch and walleye, but don’t forget about the white bass. There are lots of them and many white bass are caught over 3 pounds here.
Lake Sakakawea – Rating 9.25
Lake Sakakawea is one of the three largest man-made reservoirs in the nation. The lake has a surface area of about 368,000 acres and is 178 miles long with depths ranging from 70 to 175 feet in the main channel. The lake offers many opportunities for boating and fishing. The lake can be a challenge for new fishermen because of its size, but it will definitely reward you once you learn the hot spots. You can catch rainbow and brown trout, chinook salmon, walleye, sauger, saugeye, giant northern pike, crappie and perch.