Dakota Recreation Report
By: Patricia Stockdill, The Dickinson Press
- Saturday: Lake Oahe, Hazelton.
- Sept. 11-12: Lake Sakakawea, Fort Stevenson State Park.
- Sept. 12: Lake Sakakawea, Dakota Waters Resort; Lake Sakakawea, White Earth Bay; Missouri River, Graner Bottom; Nelson Lake.
- Lake Sakakawea elevation Wednesday: 1,842.3 feet above mean sea level.
- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District Game Wardens: Van Hook Arm slow on Lake Sakakawea. New Town to White Earth Bay slow to fair sauger with occasional walleye.
- Beulah, Dakota Waters Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Fair for walleye in 20 to 30 feet using Lindy rigs with nightcrawlers. The key is working in the trees.
- Bowman, Bowman-Haley Dam Marina, Bowman-Haley Dam: Fair number of anglers on the water but limited reports.
- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Lake Sakakawea producing a few salmon. Not many fish but nice-sized. Try along the Riverdale bluffs. Work MacLean Bottoms to the south down river on the Missouri River with nightcrawlers or crankbaits. Some activity around Stanton north to the tailrace, as well with morning and evening bite around Heskett Station. Some bluegill activity around Nygren Dam.
- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Lake Sakakawea starting to show improving walleye success on the south side in 7 to 20 feet using minnows. Also try crankbaits. North shore has more sauger activity. Missouri River below the dam continues producing walleye using crankbaits. Limited reports from other area lakes.
- Dickinson, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Limited number of anglers on Lake Sakakawea and area lakes.
- Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Work around Deepwater Bay or the Beacon in the trees in 20 feet or less for walleye. Also try deep in 30 feet. Most activity on nightcrawlers. Bite Me tournament results on Web site, www.fishindianhills.com.
- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Continued activity below the dam on Lake Tschida.
- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Little activity on the Missouri River in the Bismarck-Mandan area.
- Mandaree, McKenzie Bay Marina, Lake Sakakawea, McKenzie Bay: Scattered walleye success. Move around and work a variety of areas in 25 to 35 feet if a bite isn’t on. Try crankbaits. Resort closes Sept. 8.
- New Town, Van Hook Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: A few walleye taken in 25 to 30 feet. River portion of the lake producing sauger around Independence, New Town and White Earth Bay.
- Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Lake Sakakawea inconsistent for walleye. Try Steinke Bay or around Sakakawea State Park islands in 8 to 35 feet using spinners and bottom bouncers with live bait or Gulp in the shallows or slip bobbers and floating jigs in deeper water. Some bass showing up. Salmon slow but try 65 feet over 75 and deeper. Missouri River remains good for walleye in the tailrace. Some success down river, as well.
- Ray, Lund’s Landing, Lake Sakakawea, Whitetail Bay: Some walleye, catfish, and sauger success but slower than earlier in the season. Try crankbaits or nightcrawlers and leeches.
- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Anglers having to work more for fish with weather fronts making success more inconsistent. OK for sauger around Tobacco Garden using crankbaits.
- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea: Some good reports coming from Lake Sakakawea around White Earth and Beaver bays. Best success in morning and evening.
- Cannonball River, Regent gage: Streamflow, 6.1 cubic feet per second; river stage, 4.91 feet.
- Green River, New Hradec gage: Streamflow, 1.2 CFS; river stage, 6.14 feet.
- Heart River, Richardton gage: Streamflow, 36 CFS; river stage, 5.54 feet.
- Knife River, Manning gage: Streamflow, 1.9 CFS; river stage, 6.24 feet.
- Little Missouri River, Marmath gage: Streamflow, 100 CFS; river stage, 1.6 feet.
- Little Missouri River, Medora gage: Streamflow, 143 CFS; river stage, 2.49 feet.
- Little Missouri River, Long X gage: Streamflow, 212 CFS; river stage, 1.71 feet.
- Missouri River, Garrison Dam average daily discharge: 16,000 CFS.
- Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont. gage: Streamflow, 7,360 CFS; river stage, 5.13 feet.
- NDGFD Game Wardens: Limited activity in the northwest for the early Canada goose season.
- Northeast: Limited Canada goose activity.
- Southwest: Limited waterfowl opportunities but those going out are finding good success. Look for areas with lakes and water.
- West-central: A few hunters out with fair goose success.
Numbers to know
- NDGFD main Bismarck office: 328-6300; Web site, http://gf.nd.gov.
- NDGFD Dickinson office: 701-227-7431.
- Report All Poachers: 800-472-2121.
0 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bismarck, Web site: www.fws.gov/northdakotafieldoffice.