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Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes: - Tuesday: Paddlefish snagging and nongame bow-fishing seasons open. - Tuesday: Lake Darling opens to boat fishing. Tournaments: - Saturday: Missouri River, Graner's Bottoms. - May 5: Missouri River, Lakewood/Southport. Fishing: - ...

Outdoor notes:

- Tuesday: Paddlefish snagging and nongame bow-fishing seasons open.

- Tuesday: Lake Darling opens to boat fishing.

Tournaments:

- Saturday: Missouri River, Graner's Bottoms.

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- May 5: Missouri River, Lakewood/Southport.

Fishing:

- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District game wardens: Lots of shore-fishing activity on Lake Tschida but walleye success is slow and those taken are generally small. Patterson Lake producing 12- to 24-inch northern pike on spoons and cranks. Indian Creek producing small perch. Missouri River System from Garrison Dam to South Dakota still producing walleye of various sizes. Lake Audubon and McClusky Canal fair for pike. Parshall Bay on Lake Sakakawea fair to good for catfish. No reports from the east end.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Missouri River remains good for walleye with lots of shore-fishing around Eckroth Bottoms. Try a variety of presentations. Boat anglers are mostly jigging or using plastics and success is also good. Most activity is around Hazelton and Fort Rice, although more anglers also trying north of Bismarck with success, as well. Anglers are also trying small area lakes and finding good pike success but limited walleye and panfish reports.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Mel's Marina and McKenzie and Mossett bays on Lake Sakakawea remain good from both boat and shore for pike. Camels Hump Dam fair to good for rainbow trout. Lots of activity with good walleye success on the Missouri River south of Bismarck using jigs and minnows.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Missouri River remains good for walleye with activity from the Desert down to Fort Rice. Try jigs or crankbaits. Patterson Lake fair to good for pike. Camels Hump Dam fair for panfish and trout. Lake Tschida good for small walleye.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Missouri River fair for walleye but slowed. Lake Sakakawea still producing a few walleye from the east end working west towards Douglas Bay, however, success slowed somewhat. Continued pike success from shore. No report from Lake Audubon.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer's Inc., Lake Tschida: Some activity on Lake Tschida but limited reports.

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- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Continued good walleye success on the Missouri River with most activity south of Bismarck. However, success is improving around Fox Island.

- Pick City, Scott's Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Continued walleye success from the Missouri River using jigs and minnows, plastics or crankbaits. Some trout, pike and salmon mixed in. Wing walls, boat ramp, fourth loop in the campground and rocks fair for walleye from shore using a variety of techniques, as well. Occasional catfish from shore. Limited reports from Lake Sakakawea.

- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Continued pike success from shore in the Van Hook Arm. Anglers are finding walleye but the bite is slow yet.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Continued pike success throughout much of the midsection and western Lake Sakakawea.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Lake Sakakawea producing a few walleye from White Earth Bay. Missouri River producing a few walleye and sauger but overall success is light yet. Lots of anglers on the water.

North Dakota rivers streamflow and river stage:

- Bear Den Creek, Mandaree: Creek stage, 3.65 feet; streamflow, 1.4 CFS.

- Cannonball River, Regent: River stage, 1.63 feet; streamflow, 8.6 CFS.

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- Green River, New Hradec: River stage, 6.45 feet; streamflow, 3.7 CFS.

- Heart River, South Heart: River stage, 4.21 feet; streamflow, 5.4 CFS.

- Knife River, Manning: River stage, 6.43 feet; streamflow, 5.1 CFS.

- Little Missouri River, Marmath: River stage, 2.2 feet.

- Little Missouri River, Medora: River stage, 2.23 feet.

- Missouri River, Williston: River stage, 14.56 feet.

- Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 10.09 feet.

- Yellowstone River, Sidney, Montana: River stage, 5.63 feet; streamflow, 7,850 CFS.

Missouri River usable ramps:

- All ramps usable except Hoge's Island, Sibley Park and Maclean Bottoms. Kimball Bottoms ramp is slide-in metal.

Turkey hunting:

- Southwest North Dakota: Limited reports but those going are finding the toms to be responsive.

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/northdakotafieldoffice ).

Patricia Stockdill

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