Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

Today: Early Canada goose season opens.


Saturday: Lake Sakakawea, Indian Hills Resort; Lake Sakakawea, Sakakawea State Park; Upper Missouri River, Lewis & Clark Bridge, Williston; Lake Sakakawea, White Earth Bay.

Monday: Devils Lake.

Aug. 23: Lake Sakakawea, Sakakawea State Park; Lake Audubon, Totten Trail.


Devils Lake elevation, Aug. 13: 1,452.94 feet above mean sea level.

Stump Lake elevation: 1,453 feet.

Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,845.28 feet; 28,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game and Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: No reports from Lake Sakakawea. Devils Lake continues producing lots of small walleye with most activity on Pelican Lake.

Beulah, Dakota Waters, Lake Sakakawea: Success slowed around the resort with most anglers catching small walleye. Work farther west for bigger fish using nightcrawlers or leeches. Try a variety of depths.

Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Lake Sakakawea producing a few salmon but no major numbers. Missouri River tailrace slow with Lake Oahe better than the river around Bismarck-Mandan. Round Lake fair for perch and walleye.

Bottineau, Four Seasons, Lake Metigoshe: Continued good success for nice-sized bluegill. Work weed bed edges. Other species slow.

Coleharbor, Totten Trail, Lakes Audubon and Sakakawea: Lake Audubon remains fair to good for 14- to 19-inch walleye with some bigger fish mixed in. Minnows are starting to work in 13 to 30 feet. Scattered, spotty walleye success on the east end of Lake Sakakawea with better success still farther west.

Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait, Devils Lake: Continued good small walleye success using spinners with leeches or nightcrawlers in 12 to 18 feet. Work points, ridges, or old roadbeds throughout much of lake. Try the Golden Highway using vertical jigs after locating fish. Also try shallow with crankbaits or plastics for bigger fish, although it’s a case of quality more so than quantity in the shallows.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Devils Lake: Continued good walleye success using spinners and bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers or leeches. Try Pelican Lake, Golden Highway, or Minnewaukan Flats. A few bigger fish are mixed in.

Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Limited reports from Lake Sakakawea.

Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lakes Audubon and Sakakawea: Improving walleye success on the east end of Lake Sakakawea using a variety of presentations in 20 feet. Try Garrison Bay to the west along main lake points. Work deeper around Indian Hills. Lake Audubon remains fair for small walleye.

Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea, Good Bear Bay: Continued fair to good for walleye but work deeper in 35 to 40 feet using nightcrawlers or leeches with spinners or Lindy rigs. Try the flats or north shore. Mix it up, though, and also try shallow.

Garrison, 6-Mile Bait and Tackle, Lakes Audubon and Sakakawea: Best success on Lake Sakakawea remains west of Indian Hills around Deepwater Bay and north. Bass bite underway on Lake Audubon using spinners and leeches.

Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Continued fair walleye success from Fort Rice with even better success farther south on Lake Oahe towards the State Line.

Mandaree, McKenzie Bay Marina, Lake Sakakawea, Little Missouri Arm: Continued fair to good walleye with most activity around the mouth of the Little Missouri Arm. Try 4 to 30 feet.

New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Walleye success remains fair although the Van Hook Arm slowed slightly and anglers are working harder for fish.

New Town, Van Hook Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea, Van Hook Arm: Continued fair to good for walleye using spinners or Lindy rigs and nightcrawlers in 10 to 20 feet around the trestle and Shell Bay.

Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River continues producing catfish during the day from boats. Try a variety of presentations in the chutes. A few walleye but limited trout and salmon numbers. Try a variety of presentations downriver at the Spillway Channel, cable crossing, or coal veins but success is slow. Look for a better evening bite from boats. Shore-fishing is slow. Lake Sakakawea producing small walleye with most consistent success around Douglas Bay. Also try Alcatraz or 3 bays working west. Success is slow on the east end. Try 60 to 120 feet for salmon with some nice fish starting to show up using flashers and squids.

Ruthville, Ruthville Store, Lake Darling & area lakes: Continued fair walleye success on Lake Darling and Grano area with some perch and pike mixed in.

Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River/area lakes: Missouri River and west end of Lake Sakakawea cleared up with fair to good walleye success around Lund’s Landing. Try spinners with nightcrawlers although some success is starting with crankbaits. Blacktail Dam producing nice numbers of bass, walleye, and pike.

River height, streamflow

Des Lacs River, Foxholm: River stage, 5.87 feet; streamflow, 18 CFS.

Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: River stage, 33 feet; streamflow, 338 CFS.

Missouri River, Williston: River stage, 17 feet.

Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 9.81 feet.

Souris River, Foxholm: River stage, 7.55 feet; streamflow, 335 CFS.

Souris River, Minot: River stage, 5.92 feet; streamflow, 390 CFS.

Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: River stage, 5.17 feet; streamflow, 8,050 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/