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Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes - Aug. 29: Archery deer and mountain lion seasons open.

- Sept. 1: Dove season opens.

- Sept. 3: Fall turkey season applications due.

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

- Sept. 6: Missouri River, Bismarck-Mandan.

Fishing - North Dakota Game and Fish Department District game wardens: No reports from southwest N.D. east end of Lake Sakakawea and Missouri River slow for walleye. Lake Audubon fair for walleye.

- Beulah, Dakota Waters Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Inconsistent weather patterns slowing walleye success. Best activity remains on nightcrawlers and leeches but try deeper in 25 to 30 feet west of the resort.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: West side of Lake Sakakawea good for small walleye in 17 to 20 feet. Try nightcrawlers with Lindy rigs around Independence Point along with McKenzie, Mossett, and Skunk bays. Bowman-Haley Dam good for 2- to 3-pound walleye using spinners and nightcrawlers. Continued rainbow trout success at Camels Hump Dam. Patterson Lake fair for small walleye and pike. Lake Tschida slow.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Continued fair pike and walleye success on Lake Sakakawea. Try 20 to 30 feet using spinners and bottom bouncers. Indian Creek Dam fair for perch with some walleye success.

- 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: Try 25 to 35 feet using spinners and bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers for walleye. Good numbers of small fish but some nice-sized ones are mixed in. Work either the north or south shore west of the resort with good success around Deepwater Bay. Slower success with crankbaits.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Fewer anglers on Lake Tschida.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Missouri River is muddying up with most activity still farther south around Cattail Bay, Langeliers, and the State Line on Lake Oahe. Limited reports from small area lakes.

- Mandaree, McKenzie Bay Marina, Lake Sakakawea, Little Missouri Arm: Anglers working harder for walleye but try the main lake in deeper water. Resort closes after Sept. 1.

- Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River remains slow for walleye from boat and shore. Catfish remain active in the chutes, however, with a smattering of trout, salmon, and pike. Lake Sakakawea slow on the east end for walleye with better success at Douglas Bay. Try 6 to 7 feet in the weeds or 14 to 28 feet along drop-offs around smelt schools. Try Lindy rigs or spinners with bottom bouncers or crankbaits. OK salmon success but it’s more quality than quantity with some fish up to 13 pounds. Try flashers and squids or flies along Government or Pochant bays in 60 to 80 feet over 120 feet and deeper. Lake Audubon continues producing eater-sized walleye using spinners and bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers.

- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Van Hook Arm slowed for walleye. Try working deeper with slower presentations.

- New Town, Van Hook Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea, Van Hook Arm: Walleye success slowed somewhat. Try switching to minnows and working deeper water in the Van Hook Arm.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Slower success on Lake Sakakawea, although anglers are still finding some small walleye.

- Watford City, Tobacco Garden Resort, Lake Sakakawea, Tobacco Garden Bay: Fewer anglers on the water with limited reports.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Improving walleye success around Lund’s Landing on Lake Sakakawea. Try the pump house on the river for sauger. Blacktail Dam fair for a mix of smaller walleye with some perch and pike mixed in.

North Dakota river gauge height and streamflow - Bear Den Creek, Mandaree: Creek stage, 3.87 feet; streamflow, 0.29 CFS.

- Cannonball River, Regent: River stage, 5.45 feet; streamflow, 32 CFS.

- Green River, New Hradec: River stage, 7.29 feet; streamflow, 32 CFS.

- Heart River, South Heart: River stage, 5.07 feet; streamflow, 119 CFS.

- Knife River, Manning: River stage, 7.59 feet; streamflow, 59 CFS.

- Little Missouri River, Marmath: River stage, 1.67 feet; streamflow, 106 CFS.

- Little Missouri River, Medora: River stage, 2.96 feet; streamflow, 326 CFS.

- Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: River stage, 2.38 feet; 1,870 CFS.

- Missouri River, Williston: River stage, 16.64 feet.

- Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 10.12 feet.

- Missouri River, Schmidt Bottoms: River stage, 17.97 feet.

- Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: River stage, 5.3 feet; streamflow, 8,500 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