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Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

- Aug. 15: Early Canada goose season opens.


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

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


- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District game wardens: No reports available.

- Beulah, Dakota Waters Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Success slowed around the resort with most anglers catching small walleye. Work farther west for bigger fish using nightcrawlers or leeches. Try a variety of depths.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Lake Sakakawea producing a few salmon but no major numbers. Missouri River tailrace slow with Lake Oahe better than the river around Bismarck-Mandan. Green Lake fair for walleye and pike. Round Lake fair for perch and walleye.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Limited reports from Lake Sakakawea and area lakes.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Continued activity on Lake Sakakawea and area lakes but limited reports.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Improving walleye success on the east end of Lake Sakakawea using a variety of presentations in 20 feet. Try Garrison Bay to the west along main lake points. Work deeper around Indian Hills. Lake Audubon remains fair for small walleye.

- Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Continued fair to good for walleye but work deeper in 35 to 40 feet using nightcrawlers or leeches with spinners or Lindy rigs. Try the flats or north shore. Mix it up, though, and also try shallow.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Mixed walleye success on Lake Tschida.

- 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 continues producing catfish during the day from boats. Try a variety of presentations in the chutes. A few walleye but limited trout and salmon numbers. Try a variety of presentations downriver at the Spillway Channel, cable crossing, or coal veins but success is slow. Look for a better evening bite from boats. Shore-fishing is slow. Lake Sakakawea producing small walleye with most consistent success around Douglas Bay. Also try Alcatraz or 3 bays working west. Success is slow on the east end. Try 60 to 120 feet for salmon with some nice fish starting to show up using flashers and squids.

- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Walleye success remains fair although the Van Hook Arm slowed slightly and anglers are working harder for fish.

- New Town, Van Hook Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea, Van Hook Arm: Continued fair to good for walleye using spinners or Lindy rigs and nightcrawlers in 10 to 20 feet around the trestle and Shell Bay.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: OK walleye success on Lake Sakakawea.

- Watford City, Tobacco Garden Resort, Lake Sakakawea, Tobacco Garden Bay: Walleye activity slowed.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River and west end of Lake Sakakawea cleared up with fair to good walleye success around Lund’s Landing. Try spinners with nightcrawlers although some success is starting with crankbaits. Blacktail Dam producing nice numbers of bass, walleye, and pike.

North Dakota river gauge height and streamflow

- Bear Den Creek, Mandaree: Creek stage, 3.84 feet; streamflow, 3.2 CFS.

- Cannonball River, Regent: River stage, 5.9 feet; streamflow, 66 CFS.

- Green River, New Hradec: River stage, 6.61 feet; streamflow, 5.7 CFS.

- Heart River, South Heart: River stage, 2.97 feet; streamflow, 1.7 CFS.

- Knife River, Manning: River stage, 6.59 feet; streamflow, 7.6 CFS.

- Little Missouri River, Marmath: River stage, 1.63 feet; streamflow, 3.98 CFS.

- Little Missouri River, Medora: River stage, 2.67 feet; streamflow, 224 CFS.

- Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: River stage, 1.03 feet; streamflow, 773 CFS.

- Missouri River, Williston: River stage, 16.98 feet;

- Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 9.75 feet.

- Missouri River, Schmidt Bottoms: River stage, 17.06 feet.

- Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: River stage, 5.35 feet; streamflow, 8,680 CFS.


- Northwest N.D.: Local birds are starting to move around more.

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