Dakota Recreation Report
By: Patricia Stockdill, The Dickinson Press
*Marginal Missouri River ramps: Steckel, Fort Rice. All other ramps closed. Idle speed only from 1,000 feet south of the Steckel boat ramp on the Missouri River to MacLean Bottoms, including MacLean Bottoms. Area also closed to boating from sundown to sunrise.
*Usable Lake Oahe ramps: Hazelton, Beaver Bay, Walker Bottoms, Cattail Bay, Langelier’s Bay.
*Friday and Saturday: Lake Sakakawea, Fort Stevenson State Park.
*Saturday: Lake Sakakawea, McKenzie Bay; Lake Sakakawea, Van Hook Arm.
*July 22 and 23: Lake Sakakawea, Beulah Bay.
*Lake Sakakawea elevation, Tuesday: 1,854.1 feet above mean sea level; 135,000 cubic feet per second Garrison Dam average daily releases. Temperature 53 F.
*North Dakota Game and Fish Department District Game Wardens: Lake Audubon fair for small walleye with some smallmouth bass mixed in. Lake Sakakawea slow to fair and somewhat spotty for walleye. Work shallow on the east end. Van Hook Arm hit-and-miss. Little Missouri Arm also hit-and-miss with some northern pike mixed in with walleye in 10 to 30 feet. McKenzie Bay producing smallmouth bass. Davis Dam fair for bluegill. Patterson Lake producing some pike. North Dakota residents are required to have a permanent North Dakota address at least six months prior to buying a resident license.
*Beulah, Dakota Waters Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Walleye bite has definitely started with fish in 13 to 18 feet around Nishu and Beaver bays. Also try farther west. Try spinners and nightcrawlers. Perch, northern pike and smallmouth bass mixed in.
*Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Most anglers working Hazelton and south on Lake Oahe with most activity around Beaver Bay and casino campground. Fair walleye success. The better success seems farther south. Lake Audubon remains fair but spotty for walleye.
*Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Move deeper around McKenzie and Mossett bays on Lake Sakakawea. Try 15 to 20 feet using Lindy rigs or spinners with nightcrawlers. Camels Hump Dam continues producing trout. Davis Dam producing some trout and nice-sized bluegill. Lots of small walleye from Lake Tschida using spinners and minnows. Try pitching jigs with minnows below the dam but success has slowed. Patterson Lake fair for small northern pike casting spoons from shore or smelt.
*Dickinson, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: McKenzie Bay on Lake Sakakawea improving for walleye. Try 6 to 15 feet using crankbaits or pitching jigs with leeches. Also try spinners and nightcrawlers. Try Lindy rigs and leeches around the New town area in 6 to 15 feet. Lake Tschida fair for walleye using No. 5 crankbaits or spinners and nightcrawlers. Try 8 to 12 feet. Jigs or soft plastics in shallow water continue producing walleye and perch on Indian Creek Dam. Camels Hump Dam fair for trout using spinners from shore.
*Garrison, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Lake Sakakawea fair for walleye on the east end. Work shallow down to 13 feet.
*Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Some walleye activity east of the resort using nightcrawlers.
*Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Continued fair walleye activity on Lake Tschida.
*Mandaree, McKenzie Bay Marina, Lake Sakakawea: Improving walleye success in 5 to 20 feet. Nothing consistent yet for presentation so experiment. Most activity is in the Little Missouri Arm.
*Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Limited reports from Lake Sakakawea. However, try slow presentation in 8 to 10 feet in the weeds. A few salmon taken along the face of the dam. Lake Audubon remains spotty, although try about 12 feet for walleye.
*New Town, Van Hook Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Continued walleye success, wind permitting. Try nightcrawlers or leeches in 10 to 15 feet with spinners. Some jigging and crankbaits, as well. Most activity remains in the northern end of the Van Hook Arm.
*Watford City, Tobacco Garden, Lake Sakakawea: Walleye starting to move in with fish scattered throughout the area. Try spinners with minnows, nightcrawlers or leeches in 4 to 12 feet. Fish are running 3 to 4 pounds. Good numbers of 4- to 5-pound northern pike.
*White Earth, White Earth Trading Post, Lake Sakakawea: Good for walleye using jigs and leeches or nightcrawlers. Try White Earth Bay low water parking lot and ramp area.
*Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Walleye success seems more hit-and-miss on Lake Sakakawea. Move around to locate aggressive fish. Try Kota-Ray Dam for a good lake to take children.
Tuesday levels and flows
*Bear Den Creek, Mandaree gauge: Creek stage, 3.95 feet; streamflow, 1.3 CFS.
*Cannonball River, Regent gauge: River stage, 1.9 feet; streamflow, 12 CFS.
*Green River, New Hradec gauge: River stage, 6.44 feet; streamflow, 3.5 CFS.
*Heart River, Richardton gauge: River stage, 3.67 feet; streamflow, 7.1 CFS.
*Knife River, Manning gauge: River stage, 7.07 feet; streamflow, 23 CFS.
*Little Missouri River, Marmarth: River stage, 3.16 feet; streamflow, 619 CFS.
*Little Missouri River, Medora gauge: River stage, 3.93 feet; streamflow, 595 CFS.
*Little Missouri River, Long X gauge: River stage, 1.22 feet; streamflow, 469 CFS.
*Missouri River, Williston gauge: River stage, 29.12 feet.
*Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 23.24 feet.
*Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont. gauge: River stage, 15.94 feet; streamflow, 64,700 CFS.
*NDGF Department main Bismarck office: 701-328-6300; website, http://gf.nd.gov.
*NDGF Department Dickinson office: 701-227-7431.
*Report All Poachers: 800-472-2121.
*U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website, www.fws.gov/northdakotafieldoffice.