Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

Unit 4A pronghorn applications now available.

Aug. 6: Unit 4A pronghorn applications due.


Today-Saturday: Lake Sakakawea, Beulah Bay.

Saturday: Nelson Lake; Devils Lake, Grahams Island; Devils Lake, 6-Mile Bay.

Aug. 2-3: Lake Sakakawea, Indian Hills Resort.

Aug. 2: Lake Sakakawea, Dakota Waters Resort, Devils Lake.


Devils Lake elevation, July 23: 1,453.24 feet above mean sea level.

Stump Lake elevation: 1,453.4 feet.

Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,846.45 feet; 28,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game and Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Hit-and-miss success on the east end of Lake Sakakawea. Lake Audubon remains fair for walleye. North-central area lakes are greening up and getting weedy and along with high water, is limiting overall fishing activity.

Beulah, Dakota Waters, Lake Sakakawea: Fair for walleye. Try 8 to 15 feet around Beaver Bay, Little Soldier, and general area west of the resort using Lindy rigs and bottom bouncers with minnows or crankbaits.

Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Lake Audubon producing nice walleye success. Lake Sakakawea fair for a mix of walleye and smallmouth bass. Most activity on the Missouri River is south around Cattail Bay on Lake Oahe.

Bottineau, Four Seasons, Lake Metigoshe: Continued bluegill success along the weed beds and dock edges. Fair walleye success using spinners and nightcrawlers.

Bottineau, Lake Metigoshe State Park, Lake Metigoshe: Plentiful bluegill numbers working weed beds or deep.

Coleharbor, Totten Trail, Lakes Audubon and Sakakawea: Lake Audubon remains good for walleye with some bigger fish showing up. Best success is in the morning compared to an evening bite. Lake Sakakawea continues producing eater-sized walleye. Look for nice 18- to 24-inch fish in with the smaller fish. Try spinners and bottom bouncers.

Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait, Devils Lake: Continued good walleye success. Try Grahams Island, Ziebach Pass, New Mil, Pelican Lake, or 6-Mile Bay in 10 to 25 feet working structure. Limited white bass reports.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Devils Lake: Lots of small, 12- to 14-inch walleye but sort through for the keepers. Try 13 to 20 feet using spinners with bottom bouncers and nightcrawlers working highways and weed beds.

Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Lake Sakakawea producing good numbers of 14-inch walleye in 17 to 20 feet with bigger fish showing up shallow in 5 to 7 feet around McKenzie and Mossett bays. Try Lindy rigs or spinners with nightcrawlers or leeches. Try 17 to 20 feet around Skunk Bay using similar bait presentations.

Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lakes Audubon and Sakakawea: Mixed success with good numbers of eater-sized walleye on the east end of Lake Sakakawea as well as farther west. Continue working the shallows. Lake Audubon also producing small walleye. No Missouri River reports.

Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea, Good Bear Bay: Fair for walleye. Try a variety of presentations but nightcrawlers or jumbo leeches are the better bait in 12 to 20 feet. Some activity starting on the flats with bigger fish now starting to show up.

Garrison, 6-Mile Bait & Tackle, Lakes Audubon & Sakakawea: Continue working shallow in the bays of Lake Sakakawea casting jigs towards shore, fighting the weeds. Lake Audubon remains good using spinners and nightcrawlers or leeches in 15 to 25 feet on the main lake.

Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Fair for walleye from Fort Rice to the south on Lake Oahe working down to the Stateline. Try spinners and nightcrawlers. Some limits coming in but fish are average-sized.

Mandaree, McKenzie Bay Marina, Lake Sakakawea, Little Missouri Arm: Most walleye activity remains farther out passed the mouth of the Little Missouri Arm. Try a variety of depths from 2 to 30 feet using a variety of bait with spinners or Lindy rigs.

New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Van Hook Arm producing walleye. Also try Indian Hills area.

New Town, Van Hook Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea, Van Hook Arm: Improving walleye success in shallower areas of the Van Hook Arm. Try spinners and nightcrawlers south of Fox Island in 12 to 13 feet.

Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River slowed for walleye with a few still being taken during the day from boats. Try spinners with nightcrawlers or jigs and minnows. Some crankbait success. Evening bite seems to be the best. Continued catfish success in the chutes using 3-way swivels with pieces of smelt or nightcrawlers. Shore-fishing success at night also slowed for walleye. Try a variety of depths on Lake Sakakawea for walleye and move around, although Douglas Bay still seems to be the best on the east end. Some success still casting jigs into the shallows. Some pike and smallmouth bass from shore. Salmon are slow. Try downriggers in 60 to 80 feet – or deeper – locating smelt and then working an area. Also try deep-diving crankbaits.

Ruthville, Ruthville Store, Lake Darling and area lakes: Lake Darling remains fair to good for walleye.

Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River/area lakes: Improving walleye success on the west end of Lake Sakakawea. Missouri River continues producing catfish but walleye success remains slow. Blacktail Dam remains good for walleye and panfish. Kota-Ray fair for bluegill.

River height and streamflow

Des Lacs River, Foxholm: River stage, 6.57 feet; streamflow, 56 CFS.

Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: River stage, 0.07 feet; streamflow, 217 CFS.

Missouri River, Williston: River stage, 27.59 feet.

Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 9.84 feet.

Souris River, Foxholm: River stage, 6.59 feet; streamflow, 120 CFS.

Souris River, Minot: River stage, 5.12 feet; streamflow, 193 CFS.

Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: River stage, 7.96 feet; streamflow, 19,400 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/