Dakota Recreation Report
By: Patricia Stockdill, The Dickinson Press
- Saturday: National Trails Day Cross Ranch, Fort Stevenson and Lewis & Clark State Parks hikes. Cross Ranch State Park Visitor Appreciation Day.
- June 9: Pancake Island nesting tour, Audubon National Wildlife Refuge. Call 442-5474, extension 17 for reservations.
- June 11-12: Burke County Birding Festival, Lostwood Nat’l. Wildlife Refuge.
- June 12: Sully’s Hill Birding and Nature Festival, Sully’s Hill National. Game Preserve, Fort Totten.
- Saturday: Lake Tschida; Lake Audubon; Lake Oahe, Beaver & Cattail bays; Missouri River, Trenton, and tributaries, Williston.
- June 12: Sheep Creek.
- June 12-13: Lake Oahe, Stateline and Langelier’s Bay; Lake Sakakawea, Parshall Bay; Lake Sakakawea, McKenzie Bay.
- Lake Sakakawea elevation, June 2: 1,841.1 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: Remember all boating safety equipment and lifejackets. Southwestern lakes enjoying more activity with warmer water temperatures with walleye activity at Indian Creek, Lake Tschida, and the Little Missouri Arm of Lake Sakakawea. Work shallow in 12 feet or less. New Town and White Earth Bay on Lake Sakakawea still somewhat slow but improving for walleye and sauger. Van Hook Arm remains slow. Missouri River tailrace slow and rain muddied water.
- Beulah, Dakota Waters Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Improving, although inconsistent, walleye activity in variety of depths using crankbaits or live bait with most activity west of the resort. Look for continued improving success with warming water.
- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Continued activity on the Missouri River but limited reports.
- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: More anglers starting to go on area lakes. Lake Sakakawea producing 16- to 20-inch walleye around Scoria Flats. McKenzie and Mossett bays fair for walleye; good for catfish. Heart River continues producing walleye, northern pike, and crappie through Dickinson. Camels Hump Dam good for nice-sized trout. Bowman-Haley Dam slow. Lake Tschida starting to improve for walleye with lots of activity on the west side.
- Dickinson, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Missouri River continued producing walleye using jigs and minnows with most activity still around the Knife River. Try jigs or Lindy rigs and minnows for walleye around White Earth Bay. Some walleye and northern pike activity at Tunnel Point, as well, in 12 to 30 feet using jigs and minnows. Heart River continues producing walleye from shore using jigs and minnows.
- Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Good catfish activity with limited reports of walleye yet.
- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Increasing fishing activity on Lake Tschida
- Mandaree, McKenzie Bay Marina, Lake Sakakawea: Fair for walleye in the Little Missouri Arm using jigs.
- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/Area lakes: Missouri River slowed for walleye, although anglers are still finding fish if they work for it.
- Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Lake Sakakawea remains slow for northern pike and walleye, although a few smallmouth bass starting to show up. Missouri River slowed a little, although still fair for walleye. Try the stumps, coal vein, and cable crossing from boat using variety of bait. Not much success from the rocks at night. A few trout in the river.
- New Town, Van Hook Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: More anglers starting to get on the water with best sauger success from New Town to White Earth. Try 30 feet using jigs and minnows. Van Hook Arm remains somewhat slow.
- Ray, Lund’s Landing, Lake Sakakawea: Fair to good for a mix of catfish, northern pike, bass, walleye, and sauger. Try crankbaits in the shallow, warmer water.
- Watford City, Tobacco Garden Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Improving walleye and sauger success. Try working farther east.
- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Some activity on Lake Sakakawea with better success around Tobacco Garden; slower around McKenzie Bay.
- White Earth, White Earth Bay Trading Post, Lake Sakakawea: Boat fishing is slow with better success from shore for a variety of species.
- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Lake Sakakawea fair for walleye and sauger with some nice-sized northern pike mixed in. Try Little Beaver Bay or White Earth Bay. Little Muddy River is high. Some backwaters of the Missouri River producing some activity.
ND river report
- Bear Den Creek, Mandaree: Streamflow, 2.7 cfs; creek stage, 4.5 feet.
- Cannonball River, Regent: Streamflow, 52 cfs; river stage, 3.23 feet.
- Green River, New Hradec: Streamflow, 7.9 cfs; river stage, 6.66 feet.
- Heart River, Richardton: Streamflow, 239 cfs; river stage, 6.68 feet.
- Knife River, Manning: Streamflow, 12 cfs; river stage, 6.94 feet.
- Little Missouri, Marmath: Streamflow, 1,030 cfs; river stage, 4.27 feet.
- Little Missouri, Medora: Streamflow, 1,110 cfs; river stage, 4.81 feet.
- Little Missouri, Long X: Streamflow, 2,060 cfs; river stage, 3.6 feet.
- Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 9.49 feet.
- Missouri River, Williston: River stage, 19.55 feet.
- Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: Streamflow, 26,200 cfs; river stage, 9.63 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.