Dakota Recreation Report for Aug. 5

Outdoor notes o Antlerless deer licenses remain in some units. Visit the North Dakota Game & Fish Department website ( for information. o Aug. 5-6: Family Fun Weekend, Lewis & Clark State Park. o Aug. 17: Swan applications due. ...

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Outdoor notes

• Antlerless deer licenses remain in some units. Visit the North Dakota Game & Fish Department website ( for information.

• Aug. 5-6: Family Fun Weekend, Lewis & Clark State Park.

• Aug. 17: Swan applications due.



• Aug. 5-6: Lake Sakakawea, Four Bears.

• Aug. 6: Missouri River, Bismarck-Mandan.

• Aug. 6-7: Lake Sakakawea, Indian Hills Resort.

• Aug. 13: Lake Sakakawea, Lund's Landing.

• Aug. 13-14: Lake Sakakawea, Beulah Bay.


• Lake Sakakawea elevation, Aug. 2: 1,841.19 feet above mean sea level; 20,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) Garrison Dam average daily releases.

• N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Patterson Lake producing bluegill. Work 10 feet or less. Try nightcrawlers for perch and bluegill on Indian Creek Dam. Odland and Camel Hump dams good for bluegill. Little Missouri Arm on Lake Sakakawea variable for walleye but good smallmouth bass activity on the rocky points.


• Beulah, Dakota Waters Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Continued fair to good walleye success using slow death hooks with nightcrawlers. Fish are running on the smaller side, however. Try Nishu Bay on the north shore or farther west along the south side.

• Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Lots of activity on Lake Sakakawea. Try 100 feet for salmon. Work the northeast corner for walleye in a variety of depths with a variety of presentations. Missouri River and Lake Oahe slowed.

• Dickinson, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Fair to good walleye success on Lake Sakakawea with bluegill activity on Indian Creek Dam.

• Elgin, Anderson Bait & Tackle, Lake Tschida: Lake Tschida producing a mix of walleye and some nice-sized crappie. Try Schatz's Point.

• Garrison, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Continued walleye success in 3 to 23 feet throughout much of the east end of Lake Sakakawea. Try a variety of presentations. Most anglers are focusing on Sakakawea so reports are limited from Lake Audubon.

• Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Fair to good walleye success throughout much of the area around the Hills. Try 20 feet using spinners and bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers.

• Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Missouri River spotty. Move around to locate schools and try different depths.

• Mandaree, McKenzie Bay Marina, Lake Sakakawea: Good walleye activity with most success on the main lake using a variety of presentations with nightcrawlers or leeches.


• New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Continued fair to good walleye activity in the Van Hook Arm with the river portion producing quite well, too. Try a variety of depths with a variety of presentations.

• New Town, Van Hook Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Good walleye success throughout the Van Hook Arm. Work shallow in 10 to 20 feet using nightcrawlers.

• Pick City, Scott's Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River continues producing walleye but sort through for the keepers. Try live bait or shallow crankbaits around the Spillway Channel, coal veins, or stumps. Watch for paddlefish and be sure release any that are caught. Chutes remain slow for walleye but producing some catfish, trout, and salmon. Wing walls also slow for walleye with occasional catfish. Best success remains from shore at night using crankbaits. Lake Sakakawea remains good for walleye but move around. Try crankbaits in 8 to 10 feet or move deeper for fish suspended in 30 feet around Steinke or Douglas bays along the north shore, Ellwein Bay and Alcatraz on the south side, or 7 Sisters. Some nice salmon taken in 80 to 100 feet with several in the 8- to 15-pound range. However, the bite is a little inconsistent. Try flashers and squids but look for herring success soon. Occasional success with spoons.

• Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Good walleye success throughout the area using a variety of presentations.

• Watford City, Tobacco Garden Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Good walleye success throughout much of the area 7 to 12 feet using a variety of presentations and bait.

• Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Lake Sakakawea good for walleye. Try a variety of presentations throughout much of the upper end of the lake in 10 to 14 feet, although try shallow as low as 2 feet in some locations. Some numbers of smaller walleye with nice-sized ones mixed in. Small lakes getting weedy.

N.D river elevation and streamflow

• Bear Den Creek, Mandaree: Creek elevation, 3.46 feet; streamflow, 0.16 CFS.

• Cannonball River, Regent: River stage, 4.67 feet; streamflow, 3.2 CFS.

• Green River, New Hradec: River stage, 6.38 feet; streamflow, 2.5 CFS.

• Heart River, South Heart: River stage, 2.55 feet; streamflow, 0.27 CFS.

• Little Missouri River, Marmarth: River stage, 1.49 feet.

• Little Missouri River, Medora: River stage, 1.7 feet; streamflow, 21 CFS.

• Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: Streamflow, 59 CFS.

• Missouri River, Williston: River stage, 14.24 feet.

• Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 7.31 feet.

• Missouri River, Schmidt Bottoms: River stage, 14.9 feet.

• Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: River stage, 2.9 feet; streamflow, 3,240 CFS.

Numbers to know

• N.D. Game & Fish Dept. main Bismarck office: 701-328-6300; website,

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N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dickinson office: 701-227-7431. • Report All Poachers: 800-472-2121 or 701-328-9921.

• U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website: .

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