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Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

- Oct. 11: Southwestern Friends of the NRA banquet, 5:30 p.m., Scranton Community Center.

- Oct. 12: Pheasant and fall turkey seasons open.

- Oct. 12: Dunn County Pheasants Forever banquet, 6 p.m., Buckskin Bar and Grill, Killdeer.

- Oct. 19: Bakken Friends of the NRA banquet, 5:30 p.m., Outlaw Bar and Grill, Watford City.

- Oct. 20: Fall crow season closes.

- Oct. 25: Cannonball Ducks Unlimited banquet, 5:30 p.m., Our Place, Elgin.

- Oct. 26: Mink, muskrat, and weasel trapping seasons open.

- Oct. 26: Theodore Roosevelt Friends of the NRA banquet, 5:30 p.m., Dickinson Elks Club.

- Oct. 30: Dove season closes.


- Oct. 19: Upper Missouri River, Lewis and Clark Bridge.


- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District game wardens: No reports from southwestern N.D. lakes. Lake Sakakawea producing some salmon from shore. Missouri River slow.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Limited reports from Lake Oahe and the Missouri River.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Limited activity on Lake Sakakawea and small area lakes.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Not much activity on Lake Sakakawea or small area lakes.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: The east end of Lake Sakakawea is producing walleye using jigs or Lindy rigs and minnows in 20 to 30 feet. Work around the pumping station. Limited reports from Lake Audubon but work the U.S. Highway 83 embankment. Missouri River quiet.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer's Inc., Lake Tschida: Limited activity.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Some slight improvement in walleye success around Fort Rice on the Missouri River. Try jigs and minnows.

- Pick City, Scott's Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Work the honey hole or chutes on the Missouri River because of low water. Use west side of the tailrace ramp and angle towards the main channel for best access. Try a variety of presentations from boat for catfish with a mix of walleye, salmon, and trout, as well. Best success is at night. Some shore-fishing success at night for walleye using crankbaits. Lake Sakakawea continues producing salmon from shore using spoons with some bobber fishing, as well. Also try long-lining along the intake structure but overall success is somewhat slow. A few walleye in deep water with better success farther west.

- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: A fall walleye is underway in the Van Hook Arm. Try 20 to 30 feet using jigs and minnows.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Limited activity.

- Watford City, Tobacco Garden Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Fishing activity slowing down.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Lake Sakakawea remains slow for walleye and sauger but improving on the river. Try the pump house or confluence.


- NDGF Department game wardens: Beware of lots of young, uncolored pheasants so watch identification with the pheasant season opener. No reports from the southwest.

- Northwest N.D.: Look for a good pheasant season opener. Geese starting to move to fields with duck hunters finding good success. Fair goose success around Lake Sakakawea's midsection with mostly local ducks in the area yet.

- Southwest N.D.: Lots of hunting activity for grouse and elk with prospects for a fair to good pheasant opener. Look for better success with colder weather. Limited deer success yet for archery hunters.

- West-central N.D.: Good duck numbers along the northern tier or McLean County with some lesser moving in along the eastern end of Lake Sakakawea. Look for tough pheasant hunting until row crops are harvested.

Numbers to know

- NDGF Department main Bismarck office: 701-328-6300; website (

- NDGF Department Dickinson office: 701-227-7431.

- Report All Poachers: 800-472-2121.

- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website: (

Patricia Stockdill