Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

Don’t leave fish on shore or out of the water unless intended to be kept.

May 18: Spring turkey and light goose seasons close.


Saturday: Lake Darling.

May 17: Devils Lake; Pelican Lake Bay; Nelson Lake.


Devils Lake elevation, May 7: 1,452.99 feet above mean sea level.

Stump Lake elevation: 1,453.02 feet.

Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,837.6 feet; 26,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Lake Metigoshe is open for shore-fishing but limited reports so far. Limited activity on Lake Sakakawea. Fair paddlefish success in the open snagging region near Williston.

Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Try casting spoons at Moffit Creek for pike. Limited reports from the Missouri River. Tailrace remains slow. Try the Heart River for carp bow-fishing.

Bottineau, Four Seasons, Lake Metigoshe: Lake Metigoshe is open but limited activity.

Coleharbor, Totten Trail, Lakes Audubon & Sakakawea: Some activity on the east end of Lake Sakakawea but limited reports.

Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait, Devils Lake: Docks are in place on Devils Lake. Boat anglers are getting eater-sized walleye along any of the bridges. Also try Channel A and any areas with moving water using jigs and minnows.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Devils Lake: Ice is off Devils Lake with continued success in Channel A. Water temperatures remain cool.

Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Continued pike success from shore on Lake Sakakawea with limited boat activity yet.

Garrison, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Lakes Audubon and Sakakawea: A few anglers working the east end of Lake Sakakawea and finding an occasional walleye. Try jigs and minnows.

Garrison, 6-Mile Bait & Tackle, Lakes Audubon & Sakakawea: A few anglers on Lake Sakakawea and Lake Audubon but limited reports with water temperatures remaining cold.

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 remains slow to fair for small walleye.

New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: A few boats on the Van Hook Arm but limited success yet.

Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River remains slow from boat and shore, although a few more trout are showing up. Some catfish and pike mixed in, as well. Lake Sakakawea OK for pike but try different bays. Boat anglers are finding a few walleye and sauger. Try the Riverdale Bluffs for sauger or east end along Mallard Island and Steinke Bay for some nice-sized for walleye.

Ruthville, Ruthville Store, Lake Darling & area lakes: Limited activity with cool weather.

Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River/area lakes: Fair paddlefish success but there are high river flows. Little Muddy River continues producing pike and walleye. Lake Sakakawea producing a few sauger in deeper water.

Light goose hunting

A few scattered birds remain in north-central N.D. A few small flocks of light geese remain in the Devils Lake area.

River elevation and streamflow

Des Lacs River, Foxholm: River stage, 7.45 feet; streamflow, 150 CFS.

Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: River stage, 0.78 feet; streamflow, 584 CFS.

Missouri River, Williston: River stage, 17.98

Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 9.67 feet.

Souris River, Foxholm: River stage, 10.47 feet; streamflow, 1,050 CFS.

Souris River, Minot: River stage, 9.42 feet; streamflow, 1,230 CFS.

Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: River stage, 8.54 feet; streamflow, 22,200 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/