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Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

- Don’t leave fish on shore or out of the water unless intended to be kept.

- May 15: Missouri River Safety Day, 3 p.m., Moritz Sports and Marine, Mandan.

- May 18: Spring turkey and light goose seasons close.


- May 9: Lake Oahe; MacLean Bottoms.

- May 16 and 17: Missouri River.

- May 17: Missouri River; Graner Bottoms, Nelson Lake.


- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District game wardens: No reports from southwest area lakes. Limited activity on Lake Sakakawea. Fair paddlefish success in the open snagging region near Williston.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Try casting spoons at Moffit Creek for pike. Limited reports from the Missouri River. Tailrace remains slow. Try the Heart River for carp bow-fishing.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Continued pike success from shore on Lake Sakakawea with limited boat activity yet. Not much activity on area lakes.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Lake Sakakawea continues producing pike from shore but muddy water from Mel’s to McKenzie Bay is slowing walleye activity. Try the Lake Tschida tailrace for walleye.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: A few anglers working the east end of Lake Sakakawea and finding an occasional walleye. Try jigs and minnows.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Limited activity with cool and wet weather.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Missouri River remains slow to fair for small walleye.

- Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River remains slow from boat and shore, although a few more trout are showing up. Some catfish and pike mixed in, as well. Lake Sakakawea OK for pike but try different bays. Boat anglers are finding a few walleye and sauger. Try the Riverdale Bluffs for sauger or east end along Mallard Island and Steinke Bay for some nice-sized for walleye.

- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: A few boats on the Van Hook Arm but limited success yet.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Continued shore-fishing pike success from Lake Sakakawea.

- Watford City, Tobacco Garden Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Some boat activity but limited reports. Good shore-fishing success for catfish and pike with a few walleye mixed in.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Fair paddlefish success but there are high river flows. Little Muddy River continues producing pike and walleye. Lake Sakakawea producing a few sauger in deeper water.

Light goose hunting

- A few scattered birds remain in north-central N.D. A few small flocks of light geese remain in the Devils Lake area.

North Dakota river elevation and streamflow

- Bear Den Creek, Mandaree: Creek stage, 3.98 feet; streamflow, 6.3 CFS.

- Cannonball River, Regent: River stage, 5.89 feet; streamflow, 86 CFS.

- Green River, New Hradec: River stage, 6.96 feet; streamflow, 13 CFS.

- Heart River, South Heart: River stage, 4.2 feet; streamflow, 23 CFS.

- Knife River, Manning: River stage, 6.89 feet; streamflow, 16 CFS.

- Little Missouri River, Marmath: River stage, 2.32 feet; streamflow, 406 CFS.

- Little Missouri River, Medora: River stage, 3.09 feet; streamflow, 466 CFS.

- Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: River stage, 0.94 feet; streamflow, 688 CFS.

- Missouri River, Williston: River stage, 17.97 feet.

- Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 9.73 feet.

- Missouri River, Schmidt Bottoms: River stage, 15.65 feet.

- Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: River stage, 7.98 feet; streamflow, 19,500 CFS.

Numbers to know

- Game and Fish Department main Bismarck office: 701-328-6300; website (

- Game and Fish Dept. Dickinson office: 701-227-7431.

- Report All Poachers: 800-472-2121.

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

Patricia Stockdill