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Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

- June 20: Lostwood Birding Festival, Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge. Call 701-848-2722 for more information.


- June 13 and 14: Lake Sakakawea, Van Hook Arm.

- June 14: Lake Tschida; Lake Sakakawea, Wolf Creek.

- June 20: Lake Sakakawea, Parshall Bay.

- June 21: Lake Audubon, Totten Trail; Lake Sakakawea, Beulah Bay; Lake Sakakawea, Beaver Bay.

- June 21 and 22: Lake Sakakawea, Van Hook.


- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District game wardens: Sheep Creek slowed for bluegill. Lake Tschida fair with improving walleye success. East end of Lake Sakakawea slow to fair for walleye. Look for a change from minnows to nightcrawlers in deeper water. Lake Audubon fair to good for a mix of smallmouth bass and walleye.

- Beulah, Dakota Waters Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Good walleye activity around Beaver and Little Solder bays. Try 10 to 15 feet using minnows but look for a switch to nightcrawlers.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Lake Sakakawea good for walleye. Try the Van Hook Arm with a mix of spinners and nightcrawlers or crankbaits. Missouri River producing walleye from Hazelton to the south with larger fish around Langeliers. Try a variety of presentations. Lake Audubon good for walleye.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Lake Sakakawea remains good for walleye in 8 to 14 feet using spinners or Lindy rigs with minnows or nightcrawlers. Try anywhere throughout the Little Missouri Arm and west end. Patterson Lake fair for a mix of walleye, pike, and perch. Camels Hump Dam continues producing trout with some bluegill mixed in. Bowman-Haley Dam good for walleye.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Continued plentiful pike and walleye success in the Van Hook Arm of Lake Sakakawea working west to Tobacco Garden. The eastern end slowed a little. Lake Tschida fair for smaller walleye and pike. Patterson Lake producing occasional walleye and pike with some bullheads mixed in.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Continued good for walleye on Lake Sakakawea working from the east end west to Douglas Bay. Look for a wide variety, including pike, catfish, and smallmouth bass. Try shallow along the shoreline out to 20 feet using a variety of presentations. Lake Audubon also remains fair for walleye using spinners and nightcrawlers in a variety of depths throughout the lake. Best Missouri River success remains farther south around Washburn-Stanton.

- Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Continued good walleye activity with better success working west of the Hills and along the south shore, anywhere there is warmer water. Try 3 to 20 feet using snells with nightcrawlers or minnows. Also try pitching jigs.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Good numbers of walleye from Lake Tschida. Try nightcrawlers or leeches.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Continued good walleye success around Cattail and Langeliers bays of Lake Oahe. Try a variety of presentations with generally overall good success. Missouri River remains fair for walleye.

- Mandaree, McKenzie Bay Marina, Lake Sakakawea, Little Missouri Arm: Most anglers still working the bay in 4 to 20 feet for walleye. Try spinners or Lindy rigs with nightcrawlers or minnows. A few anglers are heading out to the big water, as well.

- Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River continues improving for walleye. Look for the switch from minnows to nightcrawlers soon using jigs or Lindy rigs from boats. Some walleye success starting to pick up from shore using live bait or casting crankbaits. Success is still somewhat slow, however. A smattering of trout, salmon, and bass, as well, from shore and boats. Lake Sakakawea continues producing walleye throughout the east end and along its north shore. Move around in 6 to 11 feet using jigs, Lindy rigs, or bottom bouncers and spinners next to the weed line. Fair to good smallmouth bass success along the bays of Sakakawea State Park. Try floating jigs and live bait. Pike remain good throughout much of the lake.

- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Continued fair to good for walleye in the Van Hook Arm depending on weather patterns.

- New Town, Van Hook Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea, Van Hook Arm: Nice numbers of larger walleye but success slowed a bit over the last weekend. Fish seem to be on the move. Try working Shell Bay or 8-Pound Flats in 8 to 25 feet using a variety of presentations and baits. Fish seem to be moving around quite a bit, perhaps with water now warming up.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Tobacco Garden remains dirty with rising water. Best activity is around the Van Hook Arm or Skunk and McKenzie bays.

- Watford City, Tobacco Garden Resort, Lake Sakakawea, Tobacco Garden Bay: Walleye success slowed slightly but still look for some fair activity. Try variety of presentations in variety of depths.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Lake Sakakawea fair to good for walleye, although White Earth Bay is muddying up. Spring Lake Park good for rainbow trout. Blacktail Dam producing pike, as well.

North Dakota river gauge height and streamflow

- Bear Den Creek, Mandaree: Creek stage, 3.74 feet; streamflow, 2.2 CFS.

- Cannonball River, Regent: River stage, 5.85 feet; streamflow, 104 CFS.

- Green River, New Hradec: River stage, 6.66 feet; streamflow, 7.7 CFS.

- Heart River, South Heart: River stage, 3.37 feet; streamflow, 2.1 CFS.

- Knife River, Manning: River stage, 6.55 feet; streamflow, 6.9 CFS.

- Little Missouri River, Marmath: River stage, 2.35 feet; streamflow, 303 CFS.

- Little Missouri River, Medora: River stage, 3.67 feet; streamflow, 758 CFS.

- Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: River stage, 1.35 feet; streamflow, 990 CFS.

- Missouri River, Williston: River stage, 22.09 feet.

- Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 10.47 feet.

- Missouri River, Schmidt Bottoms: River stage, 16.42 feet.

- Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: River stage, 12.96 feet; streamflow, 47,100 CFS.

Numbers to know

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

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

- Report All Poachers: 800-472-2121 or 701-328-9921.

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

Patricia Stockdill