Hunting and Fishing

Discover 21 local fishing holes within 40 miles of Jamestown (and all the amenities that Jamestown has to offer).

Jamestown Reservoir Arc GIS structure

The Jamestown Reservoir and Pipestem Dam & Lake are just on the north edge of town. These are the largest and most developed areas in the county. Spiritwood Lake is about 15 miles northeast of Jamestown and offers several conveniences as well. Many of the other area lakes offer a real off-the-beaten path experience. 

Developed Fishing Waters:

Jamestown Reservoir

Jamestown Reservoir is the premier recreational body of water in the Jamestown area. It is the largest, most developed body of water closest to all the amenities that Jamestown offers.

Little Britches Fishing Pond (for young anglers)

Little Britches is a stocked fishing pond right across the road from the Jamestown Reservoir and 1/10 of a mile south of Lakeside Marina.

Fishing Tournaments near the Jamestown Reservoir

Pipestem Dam and Lake

Pipestem has been the premier Jamestown area destination for perch fishing. This is the second largest body of water in the Jamestown area.


Spiritwood Lake

Spiritwood Lake is a small haven about 15 miles to the northeast of Jamestown. Along with fishing, people often scuba dive this body of water. The area also features Spiritwood Resort, which offers special events and entertainment throughout the year. 


Spiritwood Lake Arc GIS structure


Less Developed Fishing Waters:

If you really want to get away from it all, check out our less developed stocked fishing waters.

Fishing Reports

Bait Shops

  • Pioneer Bait Shop
    • 604 5th St NW
  • Dan's Sooper Stop
    • 811 13th St NE

Licensing information

  • Purchase licenses online from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department
    • North Dakota Resident must posses
      • Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate 
      • Combination License, (includes Small Game, General Game and Habitat, Furbearer, and Fishing licenses) or Fishing License (not required if under 16)
    • North Dakota Military
      • North Dakota residents who are on leave from active duty with the United States military can fish without a license.
    • Nonresident must posses
      • Nonresident Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer Certificate
      • Nonresident Fishing

Year Round Hunting Opportunities

Stutsman County has superior prospects for waterfowl, deer, and upland game hunting. Pipestem Lake, Jamestown Reservoir and Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge have lands that are open to the public. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department can provide information on Conservation PLOTS and licensing.  Other features include:

  • Heart of Central Flyway and Prairie Pothole Region
  • Migration stops for countless species of big game, small/upland game, furbearers and waterfowl
  • Wetlands, Riparian Areas and Prairies
  • North Dakota is 2nd in the nation in production of ducks
  • Pet friendly lodging in Jamestown
  • Variety of restaurants in Jamestown
  • Over a dozen locations to find the current PLOTS Guide


Looking for More?

Check out the other outdoor recreation options and the variety of places to stay.