Dakota Recreation Report
By: Patricia Stockdill, The Dickinson Press
- Sept. 12: Missouri River, Graner Bottoms; Lake Sakakawea, Dakota Waters Resort; Lake Sakakawea, White Earth Bay; Nelson Lake.
- Lake Sakakawea elevation, Wednesday: 1,842.2 feet above mean sea level.
- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District Game Wardens: A few anglers continue finding walleye below the dam on Lake Tschida. Continued improving walleye activity on east end of Lake Sakakawea with fair success around deTrobriand and Steinke bays. The mid-section around New Town, Van Hook Arm, and White Earth Bay remains somewhat slow. Not much walleye activity on Lake Audubon. Missouri River slowed, although anglers still finding fair walleye success. It’s a case of quality more so than quantity. Slower success farther down river and those taken there are smaller.
- Beulah, Dakota Waters Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Improving walleye activity in 26 to 30 feet with a morning bite. Also try 17 to 20 feet in the evening. Try Lindy rigs and nightcrawlers as well as spinners around Renner or Nishu bays.
- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Missouri River improving for walleye south of Bismarck-Mandan. Lake Sakakawea improving on the east end for walleye and salmon. Try longlining in the morning or downriggers along the face of the dam or Riverdale bluffs in 65 to 75 feet.
- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/aea las: Limited activity yet on Lake Sakakawea, although those going to McKenzie Bay are finding success in 17 to 27 feet using minnows. Also try the beacon or slides with bigger fish coming deeper. Farther in the arm, Tunnel Point has small walleye success in 13 to 22 feet using minnows. Limited reports from small area lakes.
- Dickinson, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/aea lakes: Good walleye activity around the former Mel’s Marina north of Dunn Center on Lake Sakakawea. Road closed for the season after Monday. Also try Petrified Forest for sauger in deeper water. Small lakes remain quiet.
- Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Some nice-sized walleye in 35 to 45 feet working around the beacon and west of the resort. Best bite seems to be in the morning.
- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Some activity continues below the dam on Lake Tschida but fewer anglers going out with harvest underway.
- Mandaree, McKenzie Bay Marina, Lake Sakakawea, McKenzie Bay: Limited angler numbers. Those going out are finding occasional walleye. Resort closed after Monday.
- New Town, Van Hook Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Try 30 to 35 feet in the creek channel for sauger and walleye using Lindy rigs and minnows.
- Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Lake Sakakawea improving for walleye. Try 30 to 40 feet using Lindy rigs or spinners with nightcrawlers around deTrobriand or Steinke bays, north side of Mallard Island, and scattered points west to Douglas Bay. Good numbers of eater-sized fish. A few more salmon starting to show up. Try flashers and herring but be willing to be versatile. Missouri River walleye success continues with morning and evening bite. Boats finding best success with Gulp. Activity ranging from chutes down to the coal veins. Night bite also remains good from shore.
- Ray, Lund’s Landing, Lake Sakakawea, Whitetail Bay: Continued fair to good for mix of sauger and walleye. Some northern pike and crappie mixed in. It’s a matter of locating the schools for crappie. Try slip-bobbers in the trees for them.
- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Mixed walleye success on Lake Sakakawea with most activity around Tobacco Garden.
- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea: Continued sauger activity, although slightly slower success. Occasional walleye.
- Cannonball River, Regent gage: Streamflow, 5.4 cubic feet per second; river stage, 4.87 feet.
- Green River, New Hradec gage: Streamflow, .32 CFS; river stage, 5.89 feet.
- Heart River, Richardton gage: Streamflow, 33 CFS; river stage, 5.49 feet.
- Knife River, Manning gage: Streamflow, 1.9 CFS; river stage, 6.23 feet.
- Little Missouri River, Marmath gage: Streamflow, 85 CFS; river stage, 1.53 feet.
- Little Missouri River, Medora gage: Streamflow, 137 CFS; river stage, 246 feet.
- Little Missouri River, Long X gage: Streamflow, 206 CFS; river stage, 1.69 feet.
- Missouri River, Garrison Dam average daily discharge: 16,000 CFS.
- Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont. gage: Streamflow, 6,380 CFS; river stage, 4.81 feet.
- NDGFD District Game Wardens: Not much pressure in west-central North Dakota or along Lake Audubon, though reports of some success for those going out. Better hunter numbers in the north-central part of the state. Early success had been good but birds becoming decoy-shy. Look for dove numbers to hold in the southwest if the weather holds. Archery deer and pronghorn opens Friday. Pronghorn archery license holders are limited to open pronghorn gun units only. Dove hunters need HIP certification.
- Southwestern N.D.: Fair goose success around Stranton and Bowman and good numbers of birds in the southeast. Look for good dove numbers with lots of interest in deer and antelope bow hunting for the Friday opener.
Numbers to know
- NDGFD Bismarck office: 701-328-6300; 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.