Watercraft Registrations Online, Free Ice Fishing Weekend
Watercraft Registrations Online
North Dakota watercraft owners are reminded that 2020 is the first year of a new three-year registration period.
The price to register motorboats in North Dakota under 16 feet in length, and all canoes, is $18, motorboats from 16 feet to less than 20 feet in length is $36, and motorboats at least 20 feet in length is $45. Fees are prorated.
In addition, Senate Bill 2293, passed by the 2019 state legislature, created an aquatic nuisance species program fund in the state treasury. Effective Jan. 1, 2020, this new state law establishes an ANS fee of $15 for each motorized watercraft registered in North Dakota to run concurrent with the three-year watercraft registration period.
For motorized watercraft operated on waters in North Dakota and not licensed in North Dakota, the state law establishes an ANS fee of $15 to be paid for each calendar year, and to display an ANS sticker on the watercraft.
New watercraft owners can attach the required documentation, such as the bill of sale or proof of taxes paid, with the online purchase, or send in the required documentation via standard mail. A 10-day temporary permit will be issued to allow for processing and delivery of registration and decals. For timely processing, Game and Fish encourages watercraft owners to submit attachments online.
The 2020-22 watercraft registration cycle begins Jan. 1 and runs through Dec. 31, 2022.
Free Ice Fishing Weekend
North Dakota’s free ice fishing weekend is Dec. 28-29.
Resident anglers may fish or spear that weekend without a license. All other ice fishing regulations apply.
Those interested in darkhouse spearfishing, however, must register with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department prior to participating. Registration is available by visiting the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov . Legal fish are northern pike and nongame species.