Dakota Recreation Report
By: Patricia Stockdill, The Dickinson Press
Lake Sakakawea elevation, Wednesday: 1,841.5 feet above mean sea level with Garrison Dam average daily releases of 12,500 cubic feet per second.
- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District Game Wardens: Missouri River continues producing walleye from the rocks at night. Missouri River near Williston producing walleye.
- Bowman, Bowman-Haley Dam Marina, Bowman-Haley Dam: No activity.
- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Weather permitting, anglers back on the Missouri River with most activity at the tailrace from boat and shore. Hazelton and Kimball bottoms ramps now open after work completion.
- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Lake Sakakawea slow and lake likely turned.
- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Some anglers on the water but no reports on success.
- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: A few anglers on the water but success is slow in the Van Hook Arm. A few reports from farther up river.
- Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Occasional salmon from shore on Lake Sakakawea but little activity. Most fish are darkening. Missouri River continues producing walleye success from boats. Shore-fishing success continues, as well, with best success in morning and evening.
- Ray, Lund’s Landing, Lake Sakakawea, Whitetail Bay: Weather permitting, a few anglers are still on the water with generally slow success.
- Watford City, Tobacco Garden Resort & Marina, Lake Sakakawea: Occasional angler but limited reports.
- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea: Missouri River near Williston producing some nice-sized walleye but is running muddy now. Lake Sakakawea producing an occasional walleye and sauger but generally slow. Look for possibility of a fall bite, though.
- NDGF District Game Wardens: Pheasant success seems spotty in the southwest but hunters willing to walk and put in their time are finding birds. Numbers appear down. Mixed success in the west and northwest with hunters working hard for birds. OK pheasant success in central and west-central, though standing crops may be limiting success. Waterfowl seem to have weathered cold front, though goose numbers seem down with better duck numbers. Pretty fair amount of hunting activity throughout the region. West-central birds along the south side of Lake Sakakawea are also down with hunters working for their birds.
- Northwest: McKenzie County spotty for pheasants. Good numbers of birds scattered in pockets in the northwest. Lots of bird activity around southern Ward County. Mountrail County has large flocks of lesser Canadas and snow geese but birds not decoying well. Not much pheasant success.
- Southwest: Continued pheasant success in the far southwest with lots of activity in the western part of the state. West-river pheasant success and numbers vary.
- West-central: Lots of pheasant activity in the region but hunters working harder for birds.
Numbers to know
- NDGF Bismarck office: 701-328-6300; Web site, http://gf.nd.gov.
- NDGF Dickinson office: 701-227-7431.
- Report poachers: 800-472-2121.
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bismarck, Web site: www.fws.gov/northdakotafieldoffice.