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Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

- Nov. 2: Dickinson Ducks Unlimited banquet, 5:30 p.m., Dickinson Elks Club.

- Nov. 8: Deer gun season opens.

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- Nov. 10: Sandhill crane season closes.


- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District game wardens: No reports from southwestern area lakes. Little activity on the east end of Lake Sakakawea or Lake Audubon. Occasional walleye around the Van Hook Arm but limited activity.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Try the Missouri River tailrace for catfish with several in the 4-pound range. Missouri River remains slow around Bismarck-Mandan.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Weather permitting, some activity around Saddle Butte over to Independence Island for walleye on Lake Sakakawea. Try Lindy rigs and minnows in 27 to 31 feet.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Not many new reports.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Weather limiting activity on the Missouri River System. A few people are going out but reports on success are limited.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Lake Tschida slow.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: A few anglers fishing around the casino and Cattail Bay on Lake Oahe with some walleye success but otherwise activity is limited.

- Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Limited angler numbers on the Missouri River. Access is limited and tricky at best. Use caution with low water from the tailrace down river. However, the few anglers going out are still finding an occasional walleye, trout, and salmon with best success at night from both boat and shore. Try casting crankbaits from shore or live bait from boats. Lake Sakakawea has a little activity at Douglas Bay for walleye but angler numbers are also limited. Try working points. A few salmon from shore around the dam and intake structure.

- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Weather permitting, continued good walleye success using jigs and minnows in 30 to 40 feet.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Not much activity on Lake Sakakawea.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Weather permitting, some nice-sized walleye are being taken around Tobacco Garden. Try jigs in 30 feet. Missouri River is starting to clear with somewhat improving walleye success.


- NDGF Department game wardens: Snow geese moving into central N.D. Increasing waterfowl movement in the northwest around the midsection of Lake Sakakawea with snow geese starting to move in. Good numbers of ducks in pockets in Mountrail County but scouting is essential. Fair at best pheasant success with bird numbers down. Hunters are working hard for their birds

- Northwest N.D.: Not much waterfowl movement around the Mountrail County area along Lake Sakakawea, although some lessers are showing up. Continued fair to good pheasant success in the Williston area. Some snow geese starting to move in but look for bigger numbers with colder weather to start getting birds to move.

- Southwest N.D.: Lots of pheasant hunting pressure with fair success. Numbers are down but people are still finding some success. Look for success to improve with row crop.

- West-central N.D.: Fair pheasant success but standing row crops are hampering overall success. Better waterfowl success farther east in McLean Country rather than along the Missouri River. Snow geese are moving into the region, including the east end of Lake Sakakawea and around Lake Audubon. Some lessers in the area but look for bigger numbers to migrate soon with weather change. Ducks are scattered throughout numerous area wetlands and there isn’t any pattern to their movement with so much water. A lot of birds are still farther north yet.

Numbers to know

- NDGF Department main Bismarck office: 701-328-6300; website (

- NDGF Department Dickinson office: 701-227-7431.

- Report All Poachers: 800-472-2121.

- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website: (

Patricia Stockdill