Dakota Recreation Report
- July 16: Lake Sakakawea, 4 Bears.
- July 18 and 19: Lake Sakakawea, Fort Stevenson.
- July 19: Lake Sakakawea, Fort Stevenson, North Dakota Junior Governor’s Cup; Lake Sakakawea, Littlefield Bay.
- July 25 and 26: Lake Sakakawea, Beulah Bay.
- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District game wardens: Lake Sakakawea spotty and slow with some small walleye. Better success was on the north shore around Nishu Bay. Lake Audubon producing small walleye. No reports from southwestern area lakes.
- Beulah, Dakota Waters Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Improving walleye activity but a weather front moved through early in the week so success could be more inconsistent. Try shallow in 10 to 15 feet using nightcrawlers working west around Beaver Bay.
- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: OK success on Lake Audubon for small walleye. Work a variety of depths on Lake Sakakawea with rising water levels. Lots of recreational boating on the Missouri River around Bismarck-Mandan with most fishing activity north and south of Bismarck.
- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Lake Sakakawea remains slow for walleye with fish scattered in deep water from 20 to 40 feet. Lake Tschida good for walleye prior to last weekend’s storm with good numbers of 2- to 3-pound walleye. Lake Patterson fair for smaller walleye and pike. Bowman-Haley remains good for walleye. Camels Hump Dam continues producing rainbow trout and bluegill.
- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Lake Sakakawea fair for walleye with better success farther east. Work a variety of depths from 10 to 30 feet. Lake Tschida starting to produce better walleye and pike numbers. Limited reports from other area lakes.
- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Lake Sakakawea producing good numbers of small walleye working a variety of depths from shallow to 25 feet. Sort through for the keepers. Try a variety of presentations. Work the weed line edges for walleye on Lake Audubon. Missouri River tailrace remains fair for small walleye.
- Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Inconsistent weather from last week and early this week is creating inconsistent success. Move around and try a variety of depths to try to determine fish patterns.
- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Some activity but limited reports with the recent storms rolling through.
- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Small area lakes improving. Missouri River has limited fishing in the Bismarck-Mandan with lots of activity on Lake Sakakawea.
- Mandaree, McKenzie Bay Marina, Lake Sakakawea, Little Missouri Arm: Continued fair to good walleye success.
- Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River tailrace producing eater-sized walleye from boats. Try minnows or nightcrawlers with Lindy rigs or jigs. Also try crankbaits. OK night bite from shore with bigger walleye showing up from the rocks and boat ramp. Lake Sakakawea has a tough walleye bite with inconsistent depths and presentations. Try Douglas Bay with slower success along the east end. Look for fish to be along the points in 25 feet once water temperatures warm up. Slower success from shore, although a few bass, walleye, and pike are still being taken.
- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Van Hook Arm improving slightly for walleye. Move around and work a variety of depths.
- New Town, Van Hook Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea, Van Hook Arm: Somewhat improving walleye success. Try shallow using spinners and nightcrawlers around the north end of the Van Hook Arm. Also try 8-Pound Island.
- Watford City, Tobacco Garden Resort, Lake Sakakawea, Tobacco Garden Bay: Walleye success slowed somewhat. Move around and try a variety of depths to locate fish, which are on the move likely because of recent inconsistent weather patterns.
- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River and Little Muddy River good for catfish. White Earth Bay on Lake Sakakawea cleared and producing fair numbers of 18-inch walleye. Water is dirtier yet around Lund’s Landing. Blacktail Dam fair for a variety of species.
North Dakota river gauge height and streamflow
- Bear Den Creek, Mandaree: Creek stage, 3.86 feet; streamflow, 4.2 CFS.
- Cannonball River, Regent: River stage, 5.7 feet; streamflow, 73 CFS.
- Green River, New Hradec: River stage, 6.63 feet; streamflow, 7 CFS.
- Heart River, South Heart: River stage, 3.2 feet; streamflow, 1.4 CFS.
- Knife River, Manning: River stage, 6.57 feet; streamflow, 7.3 CFS.
- Little Missouri River, Marmath: River stage, 3.58 feet; streamflow, 915 CFS.
- Little Missouri River, Medora: River stage, 3.93 feet; streamflow, 907 CFS.
- Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: River stage, 1.17 feet; streamflow, 851 CFS.
- Missouri River, Williston: River stage, 21 CFS.
- Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 10.35 feet.
- Missouri River, Schmidt Bottoms: River stage, 17.09 feet.
- Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: River stage, 10.72 feet; streamflow, 33,700 CFS.
Numbers to know
- Game and Fish Department main Bismarck office: 701-328-6300; website (http://gf.nd.gov).
- 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: (www.fws.gov/northdakotafieldoffice).