Dakota Recreation Report
By Patricia Stockdill
Saturday: Lake Sakakawea, Van Hook Arm.
June 29: Lake Sakakawea, Brendle’s Bay.
Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,835.7 feet above mean sea level.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. Game Wardens: Lake Sakakawea somewhat slow. Sakakawea’s Van Hook Arm slow to fair for walleye. New Town area fair. A few sauger deep on the south side. Missouri River continues producing walleye, although slower in the tailrace. Southwestern lakes remain fairly quiet although walleye activity continues below the dam below Lake Tschida. Best success is at sundown. Fish are nice-sized and good numbers.
Beulah, Dakota Waters Resort, Lake Sakakawea: A few fish in 18 to 22 feet but success remains somewhat so far and warmer water temperatures are needed to get the fish active.
Bowman, Bowman-Haley Dam Marina, Bowman-Haley Dam: Continued walleye success.
Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/Area lakes:
Lots of activity on Missouri River with most activity farther north or south of Bismarck-Mandan. Lake Audubon fair for walleye.
Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/Area lakes: Increasing activity on Lake Sakakawea with warmer weather.
Dickinson, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/Area lakes:
Skunk and Bear Den on Lake Sakakawea remain fair for walleye Try 8 to 25 feet with crankbaits, Lindy rigs or spinners. McKenzie Bay area slow. Bowman-Haley continues fair for walleye and northern pike. Dickinson Dike producing some trout and bluegill.
Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea Warm weather bringing more anglers out but not many reports yet.
Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Lake Tschida slowed somewhat below the dam and the lake remains slow.
Missouri River/Area lakes
Mandaree McKenzie Bay Marina, Lake Sakakawea, McKenzie Bay: Some walleye activity in the Little Missouri Arm but most fish moving toward the mouth and Independence Point. Try 10 to 16 feet with Lindy rigs.
New Town, Van Hook Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea:
Improving walleye success in the Van Hook Arm but inconsistent. Try variety of depths from 7 feet in the trees to 20 feet using jigs and minnows or nightcrawlers.
Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Lake Sakakawea remains slow although a few walleye taken around Steinke Bay. Also try Douglas Bay. Work live bait. A few salmon remain along the face of the dam. Missouri River continues good for walleye but best success when water levels are higher with releases. Try crankbaits, live bait or Gulp. Not much trout or salmon but look for better success with stable flows.
Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Fair to good for walleye around New Town on Lake Sakakawea. Muddy water around Antelope Flats and Bear Den.
Watford City, Tobacco Garden Resort & Marina, Lake Sakakawea: Somewhat slow for walleye but those getting fish worked east of Tobacco Garden.
Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea: Lake Sakakawea starting to stain up around White Earth Bay and anglers moved over toward New Town. Water muddy about as far down as the bridge. Most activity around Hunt’s Along and Reunion.
Cannonball River, Regent gage: Streamflow, 15 cubic feet per second; river stage, 5.24 feet.
Green River, New Hradec gage: Streamflow, 0.74 cfs; river stage, 6.04 feet.
Heart River, Richardton gage: Streamflow, 31 cfs; river stage, 5.46 feet.
Little Missouri River, Marmath gage: Streamflow, 263 cfs; river stage, 2.23 feet.
Little Missouri River, Medora gage: Streamflow, 315 cfs; river stage, 3.16 feet.
Little Missouri River, Long X gage: Streamflow, 614 cfs; river stage, 2.68 feet.
Missouri River, Garrison Dam average daily discharge: 16,000 cfs.
Numbers to know
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. main Bismarck office: 701-328-6300; Web site http://gf.nd.gov. N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dickinson office: 701-227-7431.
Report All Poachers: 800-472-2121.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bismarck, Web site: http://mountainprairie.fws.gov/north dakotafieldoffice.