Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

Saturday: Fall crow season opens.

Tuesday: Mule Deer Foundation organizational meeting, 6:30 p.m., Souris River Brewing, 32-3rd St. NE, Minot.

Tuesday, Thursday & Aug. 17: Fur Harvester Education Course, Bismarck. Pre-register for the free course at the Game & Fish Dept. website, click “Online Services”, and “Online course enrollment” under Hunter Education heading.

Wednesday: Swan applications due.

Thursday: Early Canada goose season opens.

Aug. 16-17: Free Youth Waterfowl Hunting Clinic. Call or email Jennifer Kross, Ducks Unlimited, at (701) 202-8896, or jkross@ducks.org to preregister or for more information.


Saturday: Devils Lake, Henegar Landing.

Saturday-Sunday: Lake Audubon, 3-Mile Corner.

Aug. 17: Devils Lake, Estension Landing; Lake Sakakawea, Indian Hills Resort; Lake Sakakawea, Sakakawea State Park.


Devils Lake elevation, July 7: 1,453.4 feet above mean sea level.

Stump Lake elevation: 1,453.47 feet.

Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,835.8 feet; 19,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Activity slowed in the Minot area, especially the Souris River through Minot. Lots of bullhead with only the occasional walleye. Lake Audubon remains fair for walleye, although Lake Sakakawea slowed. No reports from Devils Lake.

Beulah, Dakota Waters Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Walleye success slowed. Try crankbaits or heavy jigs with nightcrawlers along rocky points on the north shore.

Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Better Missouri River success remains north and south of Bismarck-Mandan. Limited salmon reports from Lake Sakakawea yet. No recent reports from small area lakes.

Bottineau, Four Seasons, Lake Metigoshe: Continued bluegill and walleye success in the evening.

Bottineau, Lake Metigoshe State Park, Lake Metigoshe: Slowing success on Lake Metigoshe.

Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait, Devils Lake: Walleye success remains good. Work structure throughout the lake in 20 to 30 feet with crankbaits or spinners and bottom bouncers for walleye.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Devils Lake: Continued walleye success. Try spinners and nightcrawlers or Gulp with a slow presentation. Work wind-blown shorelines.

Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Fewer people on Lake Sakakawea but try 18 to 30 feet around McKenzie, Mossett, or Skunk bays for walleye.

Foxholm, Upper Souris NWR, Lake Darling: Limited angler activity and generally slow success.

Garrison, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Lakes Audubon and Sakakawea: Work deeper on Lake Sakakawea in 30 to 40 feet using a variety of presentations. Try working from the east end west to Douglas and Deepwater bays. Overall success is spotty. Lake Audubon remains fair using a variety of presentations in a mix of depths. Move around. Missouri River producing small walleye.

Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Fair walleye success. Try 25 to 30 feet west of the resort towards the beacon and Deepwater Bay using a slow jig presentation. Fish are hanging towards the bottom. Winning REC tournament was 24.6 pounds with 12 fish.

Garrison, 6-Mile Bait & Tackle, Lakes Audubon & Sakakawea: Lake Sakakawea fair for walleye. Try 20 to 40 feet using Lindy rigs or crankbaits. Lake Audubon fair to good for walleye in 20 to 35 feet using Lindy rigs with leeches or spinners with nightcrawlers. No reports from the Missouri River.

Harvey, Coal Mine Lake & area lakes: Coal Mine Lake fair for pike. Hurdsfield Lake fair for pike and walleye. Goose Lake fair for pike and walleye. Harvey Dam fair for pike. Antelope Lake fair for walleye.

Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Some activity around Fort Rice on the Missouri River but activity elsewhere is generally light.

Mandaree, McKenzie Bay Marina, McKenzie Bay, Lake Sakakawea: Work deeper in 30 to 40 feet with crankbaits or Lindy rigs or spinners and heavy bottom bouncers with minnows and nightcrawlers. Move around.

New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Fair for walleye. Work deep in 25 to 40 feet around Shell Village, 8-Pound Island, or the upper end of the Van Hook Arm.

New Town, Van Hook Bait & Tackle, Van Hook Arm, Lake Sakakawea: OK walleye success in the southern end of the Van Hook Arm. Work deep in 28 to 30 feet using nightcrawlers. Also try crankbaits in 12 to 14 feet. Fair to good from shore using casting spoons for pike. Also try fishing off the bottom for catfish.

Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Try jigs and minnows or nightcrawlers and Lindy rigs around the stumps, cable crossing or coal veins down river of the Missouri River tailrace. Chutes and honey hole still producing the better success. The night bite is best in the chutes after 10 p.m. some shore-fishing success at night, as well, using Lindy rigs. Lake Sakakawea slow for walleye. Try 28 feet with crankbaits or spinners and bottom bouncers and leeches or nightcrawlers. Salmon remain limited yet. Continued pike success.

Ruthville, Ruthville Store, Lake Darling & area lakes: Lake Darling fair for a mix of walleye and pike but move around to locate fish. Grano and Greene areas also fair.

Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River/area lakes: Try crankbaits or worm harnesses in 6 to 14 feet around Lewis & Clark State Park on Lake Sakakawea for walleye. Confluence ramp is closed because it is blocked by a sandbar. It will remain closed until further notice. Small area lakes are generally quiet.

River streamflow & elevation

Des Lacs River, Foxholm: River stage, 6.56 feet; streamflow, 44 CFS.

Little Missouri River, Trotters: River stage, 2.29 feet.

Missouri River, Williston: River stage, 14.78 feet.

Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 7.72 feet.

Souris River, Foxholm: River stage, 7.01 feet; streamflow, 188 CFS.

Souris River, Minot: River stage, 5.7 feet; streamflow, 286 CFS.

Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: River stage, 4.45 feet; streamflow, 5,520 CFS.

Numbers to know

N.D. Game and Fish Dept., main Bismarck office: 328-6300, website: (gf.nd.gov).

Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website: (www.fws.gov/