Dakota Recreation Report
By: Patricia Stockdill, The Dickinson Press
- Paddlefish season now closed.
- May 31: Memorial Day.
- June 2: Deer gun and muzzleloader licenses due.
- June 5-6: Free fishing weekend.
- Friday and Saturday: Lake Oahe, Prairie Knights.
- Saturday: Missouri River.
- May 30: Lake Sakakawea, Government Bay.
- Lake Sakakawea elevation, May 19: 1,839.3 feet above mean sea level; 16,000 cubic feet per second Garrison Dam average daily releases.
- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District Game Wardens: Southwestern lakes remain slow with cool water temperatures yet. However, Camels Hump Dam is producing a few trout. Access is good on southwestern lakes and lakes and reservoirs are full. Lake Sakakawea slow on the east end with a few reports of better success in the midsection. Lake Audubon producing a few walleye with some northern pike and smallmouth bass mixed in. Missouri River fair around Washburn and Stanton with lots of anglers in the area. Remember to have the right number of lifejackets in the boat.
- Beulah, Dakota Waters Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Limited activity. Resort open for the season.
- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Look for improving walleye success on the Missouri River south of Bismarck-Mandan. Try casting or trolling crankbaits or nightcrawlers.
- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Lake Sakakawea remains slow around McKenzie, Mossett and Skunk bays. Bowman-Haley remains fair for walleye. Lake Tschida fair for walleye above and below the dam. Camel’s Hump fair for rainbow trout. Continued walleye activity in the Heart River through Dickinson using minnows.
- Dickinson, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Missouri River continues producing walleye from boat down river from the tailrace. Try jigs or jigging spoons in the tailrace. No reports form Lake Sakakawea. Lake Tschida producing walleye from boats using jigs.
- Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Water temperatures warming slightly in the bays with occasional walleye success. Try nightcrawlers. Bait now available.
- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Not many reports coming in from Lake Tschida.
- Mandaree, McKenzie Bay Marina, Lake Sakakawea: Facilities open Friday. Increasing boat fishing activity with a few northern pike and walleye taken. Water temperatures remain cool, however.
- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Walleye activity slowed in the Bismarck-Mandan area on the Missouri River.
- Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Not many reports from Lake Sakakawea and Lake Audubon with limited activity. Missouri River fair from shore at night from the rocks. Wing walls remain slow. Walleye activity remains fair own river using Gulp or live bait. Anglers getting fish but definitely working for them.
- New Town, Van Hook Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Some anglers trying the Van Hook Arm and finding few northern pike from boat and shore. Try back in the bay itself of White Earth Bay for walleye with some sauger across from White Earth Bay in 50 feet. Also try mouth of Hunt’s Along Bay for sauger. Bait shop open for the season.
- Ray, Lund’s Landing Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Good for northern pike using a variety of presentations. Occasional walleye and sauger using crankbaits. Good numbers of catfish.
- Watford City, Tobacco Garden Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Improving weather bringing more anglers to Lake Sakakawea with improving walleye success. Some shore-fishing activity.
- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Some walleye activity at Tobacco Garden on Lake Sakakawea.
- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Some walleye activity from both and shore on Lake Sakakawea with most activity around Lund’s, Beaver Bay, and White Earth Bay. Fair to good from northern pike. Missouri River is muddied up with slower success.
Lake Sakakawea boat ramp report, May 19
- Usable: American Legion (Raums), Beaver Bay, Beulah Bay, Camp of the Cross, Charging Eagle Bay, Dakota Waters Resort, Deepwater Creek, Douglas Creek, Fort Stevenson State Park, Four Bears Park, Garrison Creek Cabin Site, Government Bay, Hazen Bay, Indian Hills, Lewis & Clark State Park, Little Beaver Bay, Littlefield Bay, Little Missouri, Lund’s Landing, McKenzie Bay, New Town Marina, Parshall Bay, Pouch Point, Sakakawea State Park, Sanish Bay, Skunk Creek Recreation Area, Sportsmen’s Centennial Park, Steinke Bay, Tobacco Garden, Van Hook, West Totten Trail, White Earth Bay, Wolf Creek Recreation Area.
Missouri River boat ramp report, May 17
- Usable: Tailrace, Stanton, Washburn, Sanger, Steckel, Kneifel, Grant Marsh, Fox Island, Little Heart Bottoms, Kimball Bottoms, Graner’s Bottoms, MacLean Bottoms, Hazelton, Fort Rice, Beaver Bay, Walker Bottoms, Fort Yates, Cattail Bay, Langelier’s Bay, State Line.
ND river report
- Bear Den Creek, Mandaree: Streamflow, 0.44 cfs; river stage, 5 feet.
- Cannonball River, Regent: Streamflow, 17 cfs; river stage, 2.31 feet.
- Green River, New Hradec: Streamflow, 0.51 cfs; river stage, 6.21 feet.
- Heart River, Richardton: Streamflow, 72 cfs; river stage, 5.48 feet.
- Knife River, Manning: Streamflow, 1.3 cfs; river stage, 6.36 feet.
- Little Missouri, Marmath: Streamflow, 2,010 cfs; river stage, 5.82 feet.
- Little Missouri, Medora: Streamflow, 2,480 cfs; river stage, 6.57 feet.
- Little Missouri, Long X: Streamflow, 1,680 cfs; river stage, 3.27 feet.
- Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 9.57 feet.
- Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: Streamflow, 11,700 cfs; river stage, 6.71 feet.
Numbers to know
- NDGF main Bismarck office: 701-328-6300; Web site http://gf.nd.gov.
- NDGF Dickinson office: 701-227-7431.
- US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website: www.fws.gov/northdakotafieldoffice.
- Report poachers: 800-472-2121.