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Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

*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. No boating in that same section from sundown to sunrise.

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


*Saturday: Lake Sakakawea, Parshall Bay; Lake Sakakawea, Wolf Creek; Lake Sakakawea, Sakakawea State Park.

*Monday: Lake Sakakawea, Brendle's Bay.

*July 15 and 16: Lake Sakakawea; Fort Stevenson State Park.


*Lake Sakakawea elevation, Wednesday: 1,854.5 feet above mean sea level; 139,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) Garrison Dam average daily releases. Water temperature at 45 F.

*North Dakota Game and Fish Department District Game Wardens: Lake Sakakawea fair for a mix of species on the east end. Work shallow. Shell Creek also producing walleye. Lake Audubon fair for small with and smallmouth bass. Success still fair but slowing somewhat.

*Beulah, Dakota Waters Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Improving walleye success. Although no one presentation is producing the best, spinners with nightcrawlers or minnows seem to be the most popular. Most activity is west around Beaver or Renner bays. Lots of shore-fishing with both boats and shore producing a mix of species. Try variety of depths from 4 to 20 feet.

*Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Best reports from Lake Oahe are coming from Mobridge, S.D. Lots of activity on Lake Audubon but no reports on success.

*Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Mel's Marina, McKenzie Bay or Mossett Bay on Lake Sakakawea continue producing walleye in 4 to 12 feet using spinners and nightcrawlers. Lots of walleye activity around Hunts-Along Bay using spinners and minnows in 15 to 18 feet. Lake Tschida remains good for walleye on the reservoir as well as below the dam. Try spinners and minnows in 5 to 20 feet on the lake or pitching jigs and minnows below the dam. Anglers also finding good numbers of large buffalo. Bowman-Haley continues producing small walleye using nightcrawlers. Continued trout success from Camels Hump Dam using Mepps spinners and nightcrawlers. Anglers finding bluegill, bass and trout on Davis Dam. Indian Creek Dam fair for perch.

*Dickinson, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Lake Tschida fair for small walleye using jigs and leeches, Lindy rigs and nightcrawlers or spinners and nightcrawlers in 10 to 15 feet. No report from downstream of the lake. Heart River in Dickinson producing a mix of northern pike, catfish and walleye. Try bobber fishing with nightcrawlers. Camels Hump Dam producing lots of nice trout using silver Mepps spinners. Dickinson Spillway good for carp for both bow-fishing and hook-and-line. Try Mepps or bobbers and nightcrawlers for northern pike. Lake Sakakawea fair for a mix of species around McKenzie Bay in 6 to 16 feet. Try spinners and nightcrawlers, jigs and leeches or Lindy rigs and nightcrawlers. Also try crankbaits. Skunk Bay good for sauger in 27 to 35 feet using jigs and minnows or spinners and nightcrawlers. Try 6 to 10 feet for walleye.

*Garrison, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Improving walleye success from 3 to 6 feet on Lake Sakakawea. Work the back bays on the east end, as well as Parshall Bay or Van Hook Arm. Lake Audubon fair for walleye but work a variety of depths.

*Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Some nice walleye starting to come in from shallow water using nightcrawlers. Work the islands but there isn't much of a pattern yet. A few sauger mixed in.

*Glen Ullin, Fitterer's Inc., Lake Tschida: Lake Tschida producing walleye. Lots of bow-fishing below the dam.

*Mandaree, McKenzie Bay Marina, Lake Sakakawea: Improving walleye success, but still somewhat hit-and-miss. Work both directions from the resort, up into the main lake and deeper into the arm. Try variety of presentations and bait with no one consistent presentation working the best yet. Lots of northern pike.

*Pick City, Scott's Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Lake Audubon continues producing walleye with sporadic, but good, bite at times. Try nightcrawlers, leeches or some plastics. Some success with minnows yet, too. Lake Sakakawea producing a few walleye with more northern pike, perch and bass success. Look for a breakthrough in success soon as water temperatures continue warming. Try shallow in 6 feet in the bays, pitching jigs towards shore. Also try 14 to 20 feet with Lindy rigs or spinners using a slow presentation. Try the face of the dam for salmon using crankbaits or flashers and squids.

*New Town, Van Hook Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Continued good for walleye. Try crankbaits or jigs and minnows or nightcrawlers in 8 to 12 feet around the upper end of the Van Hook Arm.

*Watford City, Tobacco Garden, Lake Sakakawea: Water temperatures starting to warm up with anglers finding a mix of species. Move around and try a variety of presentations.

*Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Skunk Bay fair to good for walleye with scattered reports of walleye success in other areas of Lake Sakakawea.

*White Earth, White Earth Trading Post, Lake Sakakawea: Continued walleye success using jigs and nightcrawlers.

*Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Improving walleye success on the west end of Lake Sakakawea. Work shallow along the edges. Try White Earth Bay, Little Knife or Little Beaver Bay with spinners and nightcrawlers or leeches. Kota-Ray Dam producing lots of small perch and bluegill with a few trout mixed in. A good location for children. Try spinners on Springbrook Dam for perch from boat. In general, warm weather kicked in fishing activity and success throughout the region.

Tuesday levels and flow

*Bear Den Creek, Mandaree gauge: Creek stage, 3.8 feet; streamflow, 0.18 CFS.

*Cannonball River, Regent gauge: River stage, 2.04 feet; streamflow, 17 CFS.

*Green River, New Hradec gauge: River stage, 6.49 feet; streamflow, 4.2 CFS.

*Heart River, South Heart gauge: River stage, 3.56 feet; streamflow, 5 CFS.

*Knife River, Manning gauge: River stage, 6.62 feet; streamflow, 8.9 CFS.

*Little Missouri River, Marmarth: River stage, 3.34 feet; streamflow, 702 CFS.

*Little Missouri River, Medora gauge: River stage, 4.06 feet; streamflow, 651CFS.

*Little Missouri River, Long X gauge: River stage, 1.56 feet; streamflow, 6.43 CFS.

*Missouri River, Williston gauge: River stage, 29.56 feet.

*Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 23.58 feet.

*Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont. gauge: River stage, 17.54 feet; streamflow, 76,900 CFS.


*NDGF main Bismarck office, 701-328-6300; website,

*NDGF Dickinson office: 701-227-7431.

*Report All Poachers: 800-472-2121.

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