Outdoor notes

- No fireworks on North Dakota Game and Fish Department Wildlife Management Areas or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuges.

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- All Lake Sakakawea ramps usable except Williston's American Legion, Hale Marina and Reunion Bay low water ramps.

- All Missouri River ramps usable except Sibley Park and MacLean Bottoms.

- July 14: Elkhorn Ranch Tour, meet at Theodore Roosevelt National Park visitor center, Medora at 8 a.m. MDT

- July 14: Free MULEY Youth Day Camp, Moffit Gun Range, 10 a.m. Pre-registration is encouraged by emailing ndchair.mdf@gmail.com. Sponsored by the Northern Badlands Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation.


- Saturday: Lake Sakakawea; Parshall Bay.

- July 14: Lake Sakakawea; Wolf Creek, Lake Sakakawea; Van Hook Arm.

- July 20 and 21: Lake Sakakawea; N.D. Governor's Cup Walleye Derby, Fort Stevenson State Park.

- July 21: Lake Sakakawea; N.D. Junior Governor's Cup, Lake Sakakawea; McKenzie Bay.


- NDGF Department District game wardens: Missouri River remains fair for walleye. Lake Audubon and Lake Sakakawea also fair for walleye with some bass success in Lake Audubon, as well. Van Hook Arm is fair to good at times for walleye with good numbers of small fish. New Town to White Earth Bay is slow to fair for walleye. No reports from southwest area lakes.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Missouri River remains fair for small walleye. Sort through for keepers. Try 3-way swivels in the tailrace for walleye in the tailrace. Try trolling with salmon flies and squids on downriggers for salmon on Lake Sakakawea.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Continued good throughout much of the west end of Lake Sakakawea, including McKenzie, Mossett and Skunk bays. Try 8 to 12 feet using Lindy rigs or spinners with nightcrawlers or leeches. Fish are looking good. Bowman-Haley Dam fair to good for 2- to 3-pound walleye using nightcrawlers. Indian Creek Dam producing small walleye with bluegill and perch mixed in. Try casting plastics or leeches and nightcrawlers. Trout success continues at Camels Hump Dam with some bluegill mixed. Try casting spoons in the morning or evening for 2- to 6-pound pike from shore at Patterson Lake. A few perch mixed in. Lake Tschida fair for walleye. Try trolling with spinners and minnows. Occasional pike mixed in.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Water temperatures are rising on Lake Sakakawea so look for fish to move deeper. Try 10 to 20 feet off the breaks using crankbaits or spinners and nightcrawlers around McKenzie Bay up to the Van Hook Arm. In general, the bigger water has been the best. Also try from New Town down to Skunk Bay. Camels Hump Dam continues producing nice bass but look for trout to be deeper with warmer water. Work deeper holes with jigs or Lindy rigs about 6 miles below the Missouri River tailrace for walleye.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Lake Sakakawea good for a variety of fish but anglers need to be willing to work the weeds. Fish the shoreline out to about 12 feet from the U.S. Highway embankment west to Douglas Bay. Best success seems to be in the weeds and trees. Try a variety of presentations. Missouri River remains good from boat and shore. Lake Audubon reports limited but anglers are still generally finding fair walleye success.

- Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Consistent walleye bite to the west of the resort on both sides of the lake. Try spinners and nightcrawlers in 10 to 15 feet. Lots of 20-inch fish and bigger with some small ones mixed in. Fish look in good condition.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer's Inc., Lake Tschida: Continued fair for walleye on Lake Tschida with some anglers going to Lake Sakakawea and along finding good walleye success.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Continued good for small walleye on the Missouri River using a variety of presentations with leeches or nightcrawlers.

- Mandaree, McKenzie Bay Marina, Lake Sakakawea: Continued fair to good for walleye using spinners or Lindy rigs with nightcrawlers or minnows in 8 to 12 feet in the bays and out towards the mouth of the Arm.

- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Warm, calmer weather slowed success somewhat but look for continued good walleye activity with a light walleye chop. Try jigs or Lindy rigs with some crankbait success starting in 8 to 15 feet.

- Pick City, Scott's Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Lake Sakakawea continues to be fair but hot weather seems to have slowed activity during the day. Best times seem to be morning and evening. Most activity is around the northeast corner on the east end or Douglas Bay. Try Lindy rigs, jigs or spinners and bottom bouncers with leeches and nightcrawlers. Fish seem to be moving around more. Missouri River remains fair for small walleye. A good walleye bite later in the evening from shore.

- Watford City, Tobacco Garden Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Continued fair to good for pike with most walleye success around the New Town area.

- White Earth, White Earth Bay Trading Post, Lake Sakakawea: Pike remain good. Walleye are still somewhat slow, although the bite would turn on briefly and then shut off.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Most Lake Sakakawea is at Pouch Point and Van Hook Arm, although water is clearing farther west. Walleye activity remains good. Small area lakes remain fair to good, including for walleye.

North Dakota rivers streamflow and river stage

- Bear Den Creek, Mandaree: Creek stage, 3.49 feet; streamflow, 0.18 CFS.

- Cannonball River, Regent: River stage, 4.68 feet.

- Green River, New Hradec: River stage, 6.43, streamflow, 3.6 CFS.

- Heart River, Richardton: River stage, 4.77 feet; streamflow, 10 CFS.

- Knife River, Manning: River stage, 6 feet; streamflow, 0.77 CFS.

- Little Missouri River, Marmath: River stage, 1.57 feet; streamflow, 9.5 CFS.

- Missouri River, Williston: River stage, 18.47 feet.

- Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 8.88 feet.

- Missouri River, Bismarck: Streamflow, 25,300 CFS.

- Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: River stage, 7.71 feet; streamflow, 16,100 CFS.

Numbers to know

- NDGF Department main Bismarck office: 701-328-6300; website (http://gf.nd.gov).

- NDGF Department Dickinson office: 701-227-7431.

- Report All Poachers: 800-472-2121.

- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website: (www.fws.gov/north


Patricia Stockdill