Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

Lake Darling now open to boat fishing.

Saturday: RAP Auction, N.D. State Fair Center, Minot. Viewing begins at noon.

Saturday: Sakakawea Ducks Unlimited banquet, Washburn Memorial Hall, 6 p.m.

May 11: Spring turkey season closes.


Saturday: Missouri River, Bismarck-Mandan area; Nelson Lake.

May 9: Lake Oahe, MacLean Bottoms.

May 10: Lake Darling.


Devils Lake elevation, April 30: 1,452.92 feet above mean sea level.

Stump Lake elevation: 1,452.91 feet.

Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,837.37 feet; 25,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: No reports.

Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Limited Missouri River reports. Try small area lakes and creeks for pike but the spawn could be coming to an end.

Bottineau, Four Seasons, Lake Metigoshe: Limited activity as anglers wait for complete ice-out.

Bottineau, Lake Metigoshe State Park, Lake Metigoshe: Lake Metigoshe’s ice continues deteriorating with no activity. Park trails are open for hiking.

Coleharbor, Totten Trail, Lakes Audubon & Sakakawea: Limited activity but a few anglers are boat fishing on Lake Sakakawea and catching an occasional walleye. A few anglers on Lake Audubon but limited reports. No Missouri River reports.

Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait, Devils Lake: Good pike success with a few walleye mixed in along the feeder coulees north of Devils Lake.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Devils Lake: Upper basin coulees are rising in water pool after recent rains so look for an improving walleye bite. Good pike success in any area with flowing water. Look for ice-out soon.

Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: No reports from boat anglers on Lake Sakakawea, although the lake is ice-free. Continued good for pike from shore throughout much of Lake Sakakawea. Try smelt.

Foxholm, Upper Souris NWR, Lake Darling: Docks are in place on Lake Darling. Pike are done spawning and the post-spawn bite is on from shore. Try casting lures or a variety of presentations. Some walleye activity downstream of Lake Darling Dam with a morning and evening bite and continued on the Souris River through Minot.

Garrison, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Lakes Audubon and Sakakawea: Weather limiting activity on both Lake Sakakawea and Lake Audubon. The ice is off Lake Sakakawea.

Garrison, 6-Mile Bait & Tackle, Lakes Audubon & Sakakawea: Not much activity due to weather.

Harvey, Coal Mine Lake & area lakes: Pike are in the midst of spawning and providing some good fishing opportunities on some area lakes, including Round Lake, Goose Lake, and the Sheyenne River.

Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Missouri River slow to fair for small male walleye. Try north of the Bismarck-Mandan bridges working south to Hazelton.

New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Little activity yet in the Van Hook Arm, including limited reports from pike anglers.

Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River remains slow and weather limits activity on Lake Sakakawea.

Ruthville, Ruthville Store, Lake Darling & area lakes: Not much activity but look for continued success from the Souris River.

Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River/area lakes: Water is muddying up in the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers with recent rain and snow. Limited activity on the rivers and Lake Sakakawea due to weather. Small area lakes are ice-free.

Spring turkey hunting

Continued fair success around the Williston area.

River streamflow and river stage

Des Lacs River, Foxholm: Streamflow, 140 CFS; river stage, 7.38 feet.

Little Missouri River, Long X: Streamflow, 922 CFS; river stage, 1.26 feet.

Missouri River, Williston: River stage, 18.38 feet.

Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 9.44 feet.

Souris River, Foxholm: Streamflow, 1,090 CFS; river stage, 10.68 feet.

Souris River, Minot: Streamflow, 1,240 CFS; river stage, 9.45 feet.

Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: Streamflow, 22,000 CFS; river stage, 8.49 feet.

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/