Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

Today-Sunday: Gone Camping weekend events, Lake Metigoshe State Park.

July 4-6: Stars & Stripes weekend events, Lake Metigoshe State Park.


Today-Sunday: Devils Lake, Grahams Island.

Saturday: Lake Sakakawea, Parshall Bay.

Saturday-Sunday: Lake Audubon, Souris Valley Bowmen Carp Classic.


Devils Lake elevation, June 25: 1,453.0 feet above mean sea level.

Stump Lake elevation: 1,453.48 feet.

Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,844.18 feet; 30,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game and Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Missouri River is fair for small walleye. Lake Sakakawea is rising in elevation and fishing is hit-and-miss, fair at best. Lake Audubon fair for walleye. Devils Lake remains good for walleye. North-central area lakes generally quiet, although Lake Metigoshe continues producing some bluegill. No reports from northwestern area lakes.

Beulah, Dakota Waters, Lake Sakakawea: Continued walleye success around Beaver and Nishu bays. Try variety of depths.

Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Missouri River tailrace and Washburn area OK for walleye but slower around the Bismarck-Mandan area. Try farther south for bigger fish on Lake Oahe. Lake Audubon OK for walleye. Look for bow-fishing success for carp on New Johns and Lake Audubon. A few anglers trying for salmon longlining along the Riverdale Bluffs on Lake Sakakawea but limited reports on success.

Bottineau, Four Seasons, Lake Metigoshe: Continued bluegill success along the docks and weed edges. Some walleye success in deeper water.

Bottineau, Lake Metigoshe State Park, Lake Metigoshe: Bluegill remain active with success throughout much of the lake.

Coleharbor, Totten Trail, Lakes Audubon & Sakakawea: Lake Audubon remains fair to good for walleye. Try 8 to 30 feet. Lake Sakakawea spotty with improving success on the east end.

Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait, Devils Lake: Continued success shallow in 4 to 12 feet for walleye and pike. Try backwater bays in warm water using crankbaits or jigs and plastics. Also try spinners and bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers or leeches in 12 feet. Weed growth is starting so work the outside edges. Try Old or New Mil bays, Pelican Lake, or Golden Pond. East Bay is spotty with water a little clearer. White bass also starting to become more active using the same walleye presentations.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Devils Lake: Continued good walleye success. Try spinners and bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers in 10 to 15 feet along the highways, dikes, Pelican Lake, or north end of 6-Mile Bay. Lots of pike success pitching crankbaits.

Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Lots of activity on Lake Sakakawea, including Skunk, McKenzie, and Mossett bays. Work deeper in 18 to 25 feet with leeches or nightcrawlers. Weather fronts are making success inconsistent, however.

Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lakes Audubon and Sakakawea: Lake Sakakawea continues fair for walleye working the east end out to Douglas Bay. Work deep into the back bays in shallow water using a variety of presentations. Lake Audubon also remains fair for walleye but work deeper water with a variety of presentations. Missouri River producing activity from the tailrace working down river.

Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea, Good Bear Bay: Some nice-sized walleye starting to show up with bass and pike mixed in. Try the flats and Pepsi Point.

Garrison, 6-Mile Bait and Tackle, Lakes Audubon and Sakakawea: Try trolling spinners in 15 to 25 feet for walleye on Lake Audubon using nightcrawlers or leeches. Work around sunken islands. Lake Sakakawea producing small walleye in the shallows in 5 to 12 feet with bigger fish deep in 25 to 35 feet. Try Lindy rigs or jigs with nightcrawlers, minnows, or leeches around Garrison and Douglas bays.

Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Continued success on Lake Oahe around Cattail, Langelier’s, and 4-Mile bays. Fort Rice slower, however, farther upstream on the Missouri River.

Mandaree, McKenzie Bay Marina, Lake Sakakawea, Little Missouri Arm: Continued fair to good walleye success with most anglers still working inside the Little Missouri Arm. Try 12 to 22 feet using a variety of bait and presentations.

New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Van Hook Arm slow, although anglers are still finding a few walleye. Move around and try a variety of depths to mark fish, which are scattered. Water temperatures aren’t warming much and the lake is rising.

New Town, Van Hook Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea, Van Hook Arm: Activity slowed somewhat but success is still fair. The key is working deep, down to 35 feet, in the southern end of the Van Hook Arm. Try Fox Island. Continued pike and bass success from shore in the upper end of the Arm.

Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River continues producing eater-sized walleye from boats during the day. A few trout and salmon mixed in with a plethora of pike. Try variety of presentations. Bigger fish are in the chutes but in fewer numbers. Fair to good night bite along the shoreline using crankbaits. Lake Sakakawea remains strong in the bays from shore for bass and pike using a variety of presentations. Best walleye bite was around Douglas Bay but move around in 6 to 20 feet. Also try working as deep as 40 feet. Look for more fish movement with warmer water temperatures.

Ruthville, Ruthville Store, Lake Darling and area lakes: Lots of activity at Lake Darling, Baker’s Bridge, and Grano with mixed success.

Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River/area lakes: Springbrook Dam fair to good for walleye. Spring Lake Park slowed for trout. Trenton Lake improving for crappie. Most success on Lake Sakakawea is still around White Earth Bay.

River height, streamflow

Des Lacs River, Foxholm: River stage, 6.38 feet; streamflow, 43 CFS.

Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: River stage, 0.83 feet; streamflow, 613 CFS.

Missouri River, Williston: River stage, 20.62 feet.

Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 10.37 feet.

Souris River, Foxholm: River stage, 7.15 feet; streamflow, 240 CFS.

Souris River, Minot: River stage, 5.55 feet; streamflow, 276 CFS.

Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: River stage, 10.16 feet; streamflow, 30,600 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 or (701) 328-9921.

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