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Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

- Aug. 9: Fall crow season opens.

- Aug. 13: Swan applications due.

- Aug. 15: Early Canada goose season opens.


- Aug. 16: Lake Sakakawea, Indian Hills Resort; Lake Sakakawea, Sakakawea State Park, Lake Tschida, Upper Missouri River, Lewis and Clark Bridge, Williston; Lake Sakakawea, White Earth Bay.

- Aug. 23: Lake Audubon, Totten Trail; Lake Sakakawea, Sakakawea State Park.


- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District game wardens: Patterson Lake producing various sized walleye and pike with nightcrawlers or leeches. Indian Creek Dam good for perch with some nice 9- to 10-inch bluegill mixed in. Little Missouri Arm of Lake Sakakawea hit-and-miss for walleye in 3 to 30 feet. South shore producing small walleye with bigger fish west around Beaver Bay. Work deeper for bigger fish in 30 to 40 feet with smaller fish running in the 10 to 15 feet. Lake Tschida producing good numbers of smallmouth bass, fair for walleye with a few crappie mixed in.

- Beulah, Dakota Waters Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Best success for bigger walleye generally remains farther west from the resort, including the beacon or north shore along the pumphouse or Nishu Bay. Best success is with leeches with some activity on nightcrawlers.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Salmon anglers on Lake Sakakawea are starting to find a few fish showing up along the east end. Lake Audubon steady for walleye. Most activity on the Missouri River remains from Fort Rice to the south down to the border on Lake Oahe.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Continued fair to good walleye success from Mel’s to McKenzie Bay on Lake Sakakawea. Try 7 to 25 feet using spinners or Lindy rigs with nightcrawlers. Camels Hump Dam remains good for trout. Patterson Lake and Lake Tschida slowed. Indian Creek Dam fair for perch and smaller walleye. Bowman-Haley Dam fair for 2- to 3-pound walleye.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Good walleye numbers on the western side of Lake Sakakawea with improving success around Beulah Bay towards the east. Patterson Lake improving for walleye and pike. Indian Creek Dam remains good for walleye.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Lake Sakakawea continues producing eater-sized walleye. Sort through for the keepers. Try the Indian Hills area. Work shallow farther east from 11 to 22 feet. Also try as deep as 40 feet using a variety of presentations. Lake Audubon remains fair for walleye using a variety of presentations outside of the weed lines.

- Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Fair to good walleye success. Try moving deeper in 20 to 30 feet for walleye using leeches. Locate baitfish and then move a couple of feet deeper for bigger fish. Nice numbers of smaller walleye caught in less than 20 feet using nightcrawlers.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Not many reports from Lake Tschida. Lake Sakakawea good for walleye working west.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Fair to good walleye success from Beaver Bay and the casino south to the State Lake on Missouri River and Lake Oahe. Try nightcrawlers or crankbaits.

- Mandaree, McKenzie Bay Marina, Lake Sakakawea, Little Missouri Arm: Continued fair to good walleye with most activity around the mouth of the Little Missouri Arm. Try 4 to 30 feet.

- Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River has limited walleye success from boats. Try Spillway Channel mouth, cable crossing, or Honey Hole. Other species, with the exception of pike and catfish, also remain slow. A few larger trout are mixed in. Try the chutes for catfish using smelt, crankbaits, or plastics. Shore success is slow with occasional trout, salmon, and walleye. Try variety of presentations. Lake Sakakawea continues producing small walleye in the shallows. Move around to locate baitfish but Douglas Bay remains the most consistent. Also try 14 to 25 feet along main lake points or islands. Overall, though, deeper success is still somewhat slow. A few salmon but some taken have been almost 11 pounds. Try 80 feet over 120 feet along Government Bay, Deadman’s Bay or the face of the dam using flashers and squids, crankbaits, or spoons.

- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Continued good walleye success in the Van Hook Arm and river around New Town using a variety of presentations.

- New Town, Van Hook Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea, Van Hook Arm: Fair to good walleye success in the Van Hook Arm using Lindy rigs or spinners and nightcrawlers. Also try Shell Creek pitching jigs into the shallows.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: OK success on Lake Sakakawea with improving activity around Tobacco Garden and continued good success in the New Town area.

- Watford City, Tobacco Garden Resort, Lake Sakakawea, Tobacco Garden Bay: Improving walleye success using a variety of bait presentations.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Kota-Ray Dam fair for bass. Blacktail Dam remains good for all species. Lund’s Landing on Lake Sakakawea improving for walleye. Try the confluence on the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers or the Little Muddy River for catfish.

North Dakota river gauge height and streamflow

- Bear Den Creek, Mandaree: Creek stage, 3.89 feet; streamflow, 3.9 CFS.

- Cannonball River, Regent: River stage, 5.52 feet; streamflow, 38 CFS.

- Green River, New Hradec: River stage, 6.57 feet; streamflow, 4.9 CFS.

- Heart River, South Heart: River stage, 2.99 feet; streamflow, 1.8 CFS.

- Knife River, Manning: River stage, 6.67 feet; streamflow, 9.3 CFS.

- Little Missouri River, Marmath: River stage, 1.46 feet; streamflow, 63 CFS.

- Little Missouri River, Medora: River stage, 2.14 feet; streamflow, 91 CFS.

- Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: Streamflow, 194 CFS.

- Missouri River, Williston: River stage, 17.32 feet.

- Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 9.59 feet.

- Missouri River, Schmidt Bottoms: River stage, 17.09 feet.

- Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: River stage, 5.42 feet; streamflow, 8,930 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