Dakota Recreation Report
By: Patricia Stockdill , The Dickinson Press
- Usable Missouri River ramps: Stanton, UPA, Steckel. Idle speed only from 1,000 feet south of the Steckel boat ramp on the Missouri River to MacLean Bottoms, including MacLean Bottoms. No boating from sunset to sunrise in that same area.
- Usable Lake Oahe ramps: Hazelton, Fort Rice, Beaver Bay, Walker Bottoms, Cattail Bay, Langelier’s Bay.
- September: Dove season opens.
- Sept. 2: Mountain lion zones 1 and 2 season opens.
- Saturday: Lake Sakakawea, Sakakawea State Park; Lake Sakakawea, Indian Hills Resort, Missouri River, Lewis & Clark Bridge, Williston.
- Aug. 27: Lake Tschida.
- Lake Sakakawea elevation, Wednesday: 1,848.2 feet above mean sea level; 89,900 cubic feet per second (CFS)Garrison Dam average daily releases. Temperature, 54 F.
- North Dakota Game and Fish Department district game wardens: Missouri River fair for walleye. Lake Audubon slowed for walleye. Fair walleye success on the east end of Lake Sakakawea. Work shallow in the trees.
- Beulah, Dakota Waters Resort, Lake Sakakawea: The walleye bite is on with lots of activity in 12 to 18 feet using Lindy rigs or spinners with nightcrawlers. Most success remains west around Beaver and Renner bays on the south side or Nishu Bay and the intake on the north side. Some northern pike, smallmouth bass and perch mixed in.
- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Anglers fishing the Missouri River tailrace, accessing from Stanton. However, the tailrace ramp is now open. Lots of variety of fish in slack water. Some activity on Lake Oahe and Fish Creek but limited reports.
- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: McKenzie and Mossett bays on Lake Sakakawea fair to good for walleye. Try around the beacon or south shore in 18 to 25 feet using spinners and nightcrawlers. New Town area and Hunts-Along Bay remain good for walleye in 10 to 15 feet using spinners and nightcrawlers. Also try the south side of Van Hook Arm. Missouri River tailrace producing nice-sized walleye. Indian Creek fair for perch but lake is getting weedy with best success from boat. A few small walleye mixed. Patterson Lake fair for northern pike casting spoons from shore. Camels Hump Dam remains good for trout.
- Dickinson, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: McKenzie Bay on Lake Sakakawea producing walleye at the mouth around the beacon, corrals or slides in 10 to 13 feet using Lindy rigs and nightcrawlers. Also try spinners and nightcrawlers, which is also working well for northern pike. Dickinson Dike producing nice-sized bluegill and trout. Camels Hump Dam remains good for nice trout with occasional largemouth bass. No reports from Lake Tschida.
- Garrison, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Lots of activity on the Missouri River with anglers accessing at Stanton and working north and south from there. Work any slack water but anglers are finding nice walleye. East end of Lake Sakakawea fair for walleye. Try 8 to 25 feet along main lake drop-offs or humps with spinners with nightcrawlers or small crankbaits. Also try minnows with some anglers now having success with them.
- Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Try working inside the weed line in 7 feet west of Pepsi Point with Lindy rigs or spinners and nightcrawlers. Other walleye activity is spotty.
- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Lake Tschida remains fair for walleye.
- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Missouri River good for walleye around the tailrace and Stanton. Try Lindy rigs and nightcrawlers. Lake Oahe fair but inconsistent for walleye from Fort Rice to the south.
- Mandaree, McKenzie Bay Marina, Lake Sakakawea: Fair for walleye with most activity around the mouth using spinners and nightcrawlers.
- Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Lake Sakakawea continues producing walleye using Lindy rigs or spinners and bottom bouncers and nightcrawlers. Also try jigging. Depth varies from 8 to 12 or 22 feet using crankbaits. Work the bays, including Douglas or Steinke bays on the north side as well as the south side. Missouri River remains fair to good for walleye. Occasional salmon.
- New Town, Van Hook Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Fair but inconsistent walleye success working deeper in 20 to 40 feet. Work north of the islands on windy days, otherwise remains farther south in deeper water. Try spinners and nightcrawlers.
- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Fair for walleye with most activity remaining around Tobacco Garden.
- Watford City, Tobacco Gardens Resort & Marina, Lake Sakakawea: Fair to good for walleye using spinners and nightcrawlers or leeches.
- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: White Earth Bay on Lake Sakakawea slow to fair for walleye with somewhat better success farther west around Tobacco Garden. Kettle Lake producing good numbers of small perch. A good lake to take children fishing. Also try Kota-Ray.
- Bear Den Creek, Mandaree gauge: Creek stage, 5.04 feet; streamflow, 52 CFS.
- Cannonball River, Regent gauge: River stage, 2.14 feet; streamflow, 25 CFS.
- Green River, New Hradec gauge: River stage, 6.41 feet; streamflow, 3.2 CFS.
- Heart River, Richardton gauge: Streamflow, 95 CFS.
- Knife River, Manning gauge: River stage, 66 feet; streamflow, 7.6 CFS.
- Little Missouri River, Marmarth: River stage, 3.34 feet; streamflow, 702b CFS.
- Little Missouri River, Medora gauge: River stage, 3.04 feet; streamflow, 372 CFS.
- Little Missouri River, Long X gauge: River stage, 0.7 feet; streamflow, 240 CFS.
- Missouri River, Williston gauge: River stage, 22.95 feet.
- Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 19.06 feet.
- Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont. gauge: River stage, 8.4 feet; streamflow, 19,300 CFS.
Numbers to know
- NDGF main Bismarck office: 701-328-6300; website http://gf.nd.gov.
r NDGF Dickinson office: 701-227-7431.
- Report All Poachers: 800-472-2121.
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bismarck website: www.fws.gov/northdakotafieldoffice.