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Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

- Aug. 2 and 3: Buffalo Valley Archers Outdoor 3-D archery championship.

- Aug. 6: Unit 4A pronghorn applications due.

- Aug. 7: Ducks Unlimited Great Plains Regional Office 30th anniversary open house, 2525 River Road, Bismarck, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

- Aug. 9: Fall crow season opens.


- Aug. 2 and 3: Lake Sakakawea, Indian Hills Resort.

- Aug. 2: Dakota Waters Resort.


- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District game wardens: Lake Sakakawea hit-and-miss on the east end. No reports from southwestern area lakes.

- Beulah, Dakota Waters Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Try the north side of Lake Sakakawea for bigger fish, including Nishu Bay, but it’s a matter of quality over quantity. Better numbers are coming from Beaver Bay but fish smaller.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Lake Audubon remains steady for walleye. No salmon success yet from Lake Sakakawea but some anglers are working on the east end along the Riverdale Bluffs and face of the dam. Missouri River producing activity south on Lake Oahe around Langeliers Bay or north to the tailrace. Try crankbaits or slow live bait presentation with nightcrawlers.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Lake Sakakawea remains fair to good around McKenzie and Skunk bays in 17 to 20 feet for small walleye. Work shallower in 5 to 7 feet for bigger 2- to 4-pound fish. Try Lindy rigs or spinners and nightcrawlers with leeches or nightcrawlers. Patterson Lake slowed for walleye but continues producing pike. Lake Tschida slowed. Bowman-Haley good for walleye. Indian Creek producing good perch numbers with some walleye mixed in. Camels Hump Dam continues producing trout.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Lake Sakakawea fair for walleye around McKenzie Bay, although success slowed somewhat. Varying success on the east end with scattered fish activity. No reports from small area lakes.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Continued fair for small walleye in 9 to 22 feet using a variety of presentations. Move around. Lake Audubon also producing small walleye working outside of weed beds.

- Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Improving walleye activity with some success starting around the flats in 17 to 19 feet using spinners with nightcrawlers. Also try crankbaits. Good numbers of small fish but sort through for the keepers.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Continued activity on Lake Tschida but limited reports. Inconsistent walleye success on Lake Sakakawea.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Walleye slowed from Fort Rice to the south on Lake Oahe. No reports from small area lakes.

- Mandaree, McKenzie Bay Marina, Lake Sakakawea, Little Missouri Arm: Continued walleye activity around the deeper water at the mouth of the Little Missouri Arm.

- Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Inconsistent weather is keeping overall Missouri River success slow. The tailrace continues producing some catfish during the day with a few trout mixed in. Try nightcrawlers with Lindy rigs. Occasional walleye from shore at night. Overall success is somewhat slow, however. Lake Sakakawea still producing walleye along the shore in 6 to 7 feet using jigs along weed beds. Work crankbaits in 14 to 25 feet but move around to find active fish. Some smallmouth bass and pike from shore with limited walleye success from shore.

- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Fair to good walleye success throughout much of the Arm. Try spinners and nightcrawlers throughout the north end in the shallows.

- New Town, Van Hook Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea, Van Hook Arm: Continued fair to good walleye success in the Van Hook Arm with the bite switching to nightcrawlers or leeches. Try the northwest end of the Arm.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea:

- Watford City, Tobacco Garden Resort, Lake Sakakawea, Tobacco Garden Bay: Earlier walleye activity slowed but success was improving starting earlier in the week.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Little Muddy and the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers producing catfish. White Earth Bay remains fair for walleye on Lake Sakakawea with some slight improvement around Lund’s Landing. Blacktail Dam continues producing a mix of panfish species.

North Dakota river gauge height and streamflow

- Bear Den Creek, Mandaree: Creek stage, 3.95 feet; streamflow, 2.7 CFS.

- Cannonball River, Regent: River stage, 5.17 feet; streamflow, 14 CFS.

- Green River, New Hradec: River stage, 6.2 feet; streamflow, 1.1 CFS.

- Heart River, South Heart: River stage, 2.98 feet; streamflow, 1.8 CFS.

- Knife River, Manning: River stage, 6.51 feet; streamflow, 6.2 CFS.

- Little Missouri River, Marmath: River stage, 1.57 feet; streamflow, 85 CFS.

- Little Missouri River, Medora: River stage, 2.29 feet; streamflow, 120 CFS.

- Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: Streamflow, 135 CFS.

- Missouri River, Williston: River stage, 18.7 feet.

- Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 9.89 feet.

- Missouri River, Schmidt Bottoms: River stage, 16.99 feet.

- Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: River stage, 6.64 feet; streamflow, 13,600 CFS.

Numbers to know

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

- Game and Fish Dept. 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