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Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

*Usable Missouri River/Lake Oahe ramps: Hazelton, Beaver Bay, Walker Bottoms, Cattail Bay and Langelier's Bay.

*Marginal Missouri River/Lake Oahe ramps: Stanton, Steckel, and Fort Rice. All other ramps are closed or unusable.

*Idle speed only on the Missouri River from 1,000 feet south of the Steckel Landing to about 19 miles south of Bismarck, south of MacLean Bottoms.

*North Lake of Lake Audubon is idle speed only.

*Wednesday: Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Duck Nest Pontoon Tour, 9 a.m. Register at 701-442-5474m extension 110.


*Saturday: Lake Tschida.

*Saturday and Sunday: Lake Sakakawea, Parshall Bay.

*June 18: Missouri River, Lewis and Clark Bridge, Williston.


*Lake Sakakawea elevation Wednesday: 11,853.3 feet above mean sea level; 130,000 cubic feet per second Garrison Dam average daily releases. Water temperature at 44 F.

*North Dakota Game and Fish Department District Game Wardens: All southwestern lakes are extremely full. No boat access at Camels Hump with the ramp flooded, though anglers are finding some larger rainbow trout. Lake Tschida producing good numbers of small walleye with some northern pike mixed in. Some white bass below the dam. Indian Creek good for small walleye and perch. Dickinson Dike producing trout and some bluegill. No live baitfish allowed there, however.

Fair to good for walleye on Lake Audubon with lots of activity. East Totten Recreation Area dock is in place but others are out until water stabilizes.

*Beulah, Dakota Waters Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Good numbers of northern pike using Dardevles or crankbaits in the back bays. Walleye remain limited. A few sauger showing up.

*Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Some walleye activity around Beaver Bay, Langelier's and Mobridge, S.D. on Lake Oahe. Fair for walleye on Lake Tschida and below the spillway.

*Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Lake Sakakawea remains generally slow yet, although a few sauger taken in 50 to 60 feet. Limited walleye success despite warming water temperatures. Lake Tschida remains good for walleye on the lake and below the dam. Try minnows. Camels Hump Dam fair for trout. Dickinson Dike good for trout. Bowman-Haley Dam fair for small walleye.

*Dickinson, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Lake Tschida good for small walleye, perch and northern pike. Try crankbaits, Lindy rigs or jigs with minnows or spinners and nightcrawlers. Mel's Marina slow on Lake Sakakawea, though a few walleye taken around Tunnel Point using jigs or Lindy rigs with minnows. Indian Creek producing a few small walleye and nice perch from shore. Try Gulp!

*Garrison, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Lake Audubon good for walleye. Try the Highway 83 embankment, east end embankment, North Lake and areas in between using a variety of presentations in variety of depths. Water temperatures are starting to warm. Not much activity on Lake Sakakawea yet.

*Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea: A few more anglers on the water with some sauger success in the back bays. Water temperatures are starting to warm up.

*Glen Ullin, Fitterer's Inc., Lake Tschida: More people on the water with nicer weather. Reports remain light.

*Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Limited activity on the Missouri River but some anglers finding some walleye success around the Prairie Knights Casino area. Sweetbriar Dam producing small walleye and northern pike.

*Mandaree, McKenzie Bay Marina, Lake Sakakawea: A few more walleye starting to show up but overall success remains somewhat limited. Try 15 feet.

*Pick City, Scott's Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Lake Sakakawea producing northern pike in the back bays from both boat and shore. Some walleye success. Try 6 to 10 feet pitching jigs towards the shoreline and pulling back towards the boat. Lake Audubon hit-and-miss for walleye. Try spinners with nightcrawlers or jigs and minnows.

*New Town, Van Hook Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Water temperatures starting to warm up with more anglers now going out. A few more walleye starting to show up. Most anglers are working to learn to the new lake structure. Fish are in shallower, warmer water. Try spinners with nightcrawlers or jigs and minnows.

*Watford City, Tobacco Garden, Lake Sakakawea: Continued shore-fishing success for nice-sized northern pike and catfish. Try variety of presentations. Limited boat fishing yet, although an occasional sauger is coming in.

*Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Muddy River continues producing good northern pike success. Some walleye reports on Lake Sakakawea. Look for cleaner water or along the edge of mud lines. Some activity on small area lakes but limited reports.

North Dakota river levels and streamflow Tuesday:

*Bear Den Creek, Mandaree gauge: Creek stage, 4.21 feet; streamflow, 8.7 CFS.

*Cannonball River, Regent gauge: River stage, 3.09 feet; streamflow, 69 CFS.

*Green River, New Hradec gauge: River stage, 6.98 feet; streamflow, 20 CFS.

*Heart River, Richardton gauge: River stage, 4.38 feet; streamflow, 35 CFS.

*Knife River, Manning gauge: River stage, 7.25 feet; streamflow, 33 CFS.

*Little Missouri River, Marmath: River stage, 5.08 feet; streamflow, 1,720 CFS.

*Little Missouri River, Medora gauge: River stage, 6.88 feet; streamflow, 2,530 CFS.

*Little Missouri River, Long X gauge: River stage, 5.25 feet; streamflow, ,4350 CFS.

*Missouri River, Williston gauge: River stage, 27.3 feet.

*Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 22.69 feet.

*Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont. gauge: River stage, 14.65 feet; streamflow, 55,500 CFS.


*NDGF Deptartment Bismarck office: 701-328-6300; website,

*NDGF Deptartment Dickinson office: 701-227-7431.

*Report All Poachers: 800-472-2121.

*U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website,