Dakota Recreation Report
By: Patricia Stockdill, The Dickinson Press
- Lake Sakakawea elevation, Wednesday: 1,841.4 feet above mean sea level; 12,500 cubic feet per second average Garrison Dam daily releases.
- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District Game Wardens: Missouri River near Williston good for walleye. Missouri River also remains good for walleye from the tailrace to about 2 miles down river.
- Bowman, Bowman-Haley Dam Marina, Bowman-Haley Dam: Weather permitting, anglers are finding northern pike and walleye success.
- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Continued walleye activity on the Missouri River around the Bismarck-Mandan area and north from the tailrace south a couple of miles.
- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Limited activity on Lake Sakakawea.
- Dickinson, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Missouri River tailrace remains good for walleye from both boat and shore with bigger fish coming from the boats. Try crankbaits.
- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Little activity with deer season on.
- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Not many anglers but those going to the Missouri River continue finding fair to good success.
- New Town, Van Hook Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Some walleye success with a mix of sauger in the river north of New Town. Work deep in 50 feet with jigs and minnows. Occasional walleye from the Van Hook Arm, also working deep.
- Ray, Lund’s Landing, Lake Sakakawea, Whitetail Bay: Occasional angler on the water with some walleye success but limited reports.
- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Some activity on the Missouri River near the confluence.
- Watford City, Tobacco Garden Resort & Marina, Lake Sakakawea: The fall walleye bite is getting underway with some nice-sized fish showing up.
- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea: Missouri River walleye activity remains good. Try 25 to 28 feet on Lake Sakakawea for walleye.
- NDGF District Game Wardens: Hunters reported fewer deer. Large numbers of geese moving through in central, northwest and west-central North Dakota. Remember, the deer head must also accompany the carcass to its final destination.
- Northwest: Good numbers of geese in eastern and southern Mountrail County and northern McLean County, including a nice mix of snow geese and Canada geese. Some deer hunters struggling somewhat to find deer numbers. Large numbers of geese moving through in central and west-central. Light hunting pressure. Shells in a pistol are considered a loaded firearm so remove shells.
- Southwest: Continued pheasant success with better numbers farther in the southwest and scattered success north. Fair deer numbers although warm weather slowed success. Hunters also seeing fewer deer than in past years.
- West-central: Lots of geese, including snows, lesser and giant Canada geese moving through the area. Birds are tough to decoy. Sunflower harvest is progressing with more pheasants showing up. Lots of deer hunting activity on public areas. Fair deer success at best, though, with warm weather, lots of cover and fewer deer.
- Western: Deer hunters having fair to good success.
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.