- Saturday: Lake Sakakawea, Sakakawea State Park.
- Aug. 22: Lake Sakakawea, Indian Hills.
- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District Game Wardens: Not many reports from area lakes though Sheep Creek producing a few 12- to 14-inch trout.
- Beulah, Dakota Waters Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Fair for walleye. Try 30 feet with Lindy rigs and nightcrawlers around Little Beaver, Red Boat, and Beulah bays. Better success than earlier this year but still not very consistent.
- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: A few more reports of walleye success south of the rifle range near Bismarck on the Missouri River. Tailrace remains fair to good but spotty for walleye. Lake Audubon shows improving walleye activity.
- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/Area Lakes: Day use ramp north of Dunn Center now open at former Mel’s Marina on Lake Sakakawea. Anglers working that area found small walleye using spinners and nightcrawlers around Hans Creek and Tunnel Point. Try Beacon Point, Whopper Island or the slides near McKenzie Bay in 24 to 30 feet with nightcrawlers. Also try minnows. Bear Den and buffalo fence producing small walleye with some sauger mixed in 24 to 30 feet. Try 17 to 27 feet with nightcrawlers or minnows around Mossett Bay. Limited reports from small area lakes though a few small fish taken from Indian Creek.
- Dickinson, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Try the north shore of Lake Sakakawea using Lindy rigs or spinners in 18 to 23 feet. Also try south shore working west of Beaver Bay in 20 to 30 feet. Try Lindy rigs and nightcrawlers around Lonetree or Fox Island in the Van Hook Arm. Catfish moved into Tobacco Garden area using nightcrawlers. Try variety of bait for walleye at Tobacco Garden. Look for crankbaits to start with warmer weather. Anglers marking salmon but success is slow. Smaller area lakes generally quiet but try crankbaits for walleye on Bowman-Haley Dam.
- Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Improving walleye activity around Goat Island working to the east in 16 to 20 feet with slow presentation using Lindy rigs and nightcrawlers. Bite Me applications due Saturday.
- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Limited activity on Lake Tschida.
- Mandaree, McKenzie Bay Marina, Lake Sakakawea, McKenzie Bay: Fair but spotty for walleye. Try 20 to 30 feet using variety of baits and presentations working both directions from the resort.
- New Town, Van Hook Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Fair to good but inconsistent for walleye. Try 32 to 40 feet using jigs with minnows. Try crankbaits in deeper water.
- Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Lake Sakakawea slow for walleye. Try 35 feet with plastics or live bait. Not much crankbaiting yet. Fish are spread out. Try islands along south side or north shore around Steinke or Douglas bays. Salmon slow with no pattern to those fish taken. Try herring or flashers and squids. Missouri River remains fair to good for walleye in the morning and evening using jigs and minnows or Gulp. Try 3-way swivels in the chutes. Evening and early morning walleye bite from the rocks continues. Not much trout or salmon activity.
- Ray, Lund’s Landing, Lake Sakakawea, Whitetail Bay: Continued good for walleye throughout much of the area. Try variety of presentations.
- Watford City, Tobacco Garden Resort and Marina, Lake Sakakawea: Good for walleye. Try 20 feet using jigs with nightcrawlers working west. Watch for snags. Some activity to the east, as well.
- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea: Weather fronts last week slowed Lake Sakakawea success but look for improving activity with stable weather. Work deeper.
North Dakota Rivers Report as of Wednesday:
- Cannonball River, Regent gage: Streamflow, 9.3 cubic feet per second; river stage, 5.06 feet.
- Green River, New Hradec gage: Streamflow, .91 CFS; river stage, 6.08 feet.
- Heart River, Richardton gage: Streamflow, 44 CFS; river stage, 5.64 feet.
- Knife River, Manning gage: Streamflow, 7.8 feet; river stage, 6.69 feet.
- Little Missouri River, Marmath gage: Streamflow, 192 CFS; river stage, 1.98 feet.
- Little Missouri River, Medora gage: Streamflow, 340 CFS; river stage, 3.24 feet.
- Little Missouri River, Long X gage: Streamflow, 16,000 CFS.
- Missouri River, Garrison Dam average daily discharge: 16,000 CFS.
- Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont. gage: Streamflow, 12,800 CFS; river stage, 6.66 feet.
Numbers to know:
- NDGFD main Bismarck office: 328-6300; Web site, http://gf.nd.gov.
- NDGFD Dickinson office: 701-227-7431.
- Report poachers: 800-472-2121.
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bismarck, Web site, www.fws.gov/northdakotafieldoffice.