Target the southeastern corner of the state for the best pike fishing in North Dakota. A wet cycle has swelled wetlands, some reaching 3,000 acres, with enough depth to protect fish from winter. That factor and stocking programs in waters such as Flood and Diamond lakes in LaMoure County and Grass Lake in Richland County have produced fish that grow fast and fight hard. Other lakes, some without names, in Stutsman, McIntosh and Kidder counties also support fishable pike populations. These places got their fish due to downstream migration from other managed waters, says Gene Van Eeckhout, district fisheries biologist with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Be prepared to hunt for the top spots. Pike-and the perch they feed on-have volatile population cycles. Anglers find the fish, hit them hard and then move on to new waters. Most fishermen employ tip-ups with smelt or live minnows. Contact: North Dakota Game and Fish Department (701-328-6300).