Dakota Recreation Report for July 21

Outdoor notes

V Remember to pull plugs on boats when leaving a lake.

V Beware of the potential for blue-green algae in small lakes.

V Online pronghorn applications available; paper applications available July 22.

V July 23: Summer celebration & Custer's Color Charge, Fort Lincoln State Park.


V July 29-30: Christmas in July Lewis & Clark State Park.

V July 30: Bluegrass goes Pink, Cross Ranch State Park; Evening On-A-Slant, Fort Lincoln State Park.

V Aug. 3: Pronghorn applications due.


V July 20: Lake Sakakawea, 4 Bears.

V July 22-23: Lake Sakakawea, Beulah Bay.

V July 23: Lake Sakakawea, Van Hook Arm.

V July 30-31: Upper Lake Sakakawea, Williston; Lake Sakakawea, Skunk Bay.



V Lake Sakakawea elevation, July 19: 1,841.69 feet above mean sea level.

V N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Scattered success for a mix of species across west Missouri River area lakes. Lake Sakakawea slowed slightly but still overall fair to good walleye success. Fair but spotty along the south shore.

V Beulah, Dakota Waters Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Try nightcrawlers or leeches working deeper in 20 to 30 feet, although bigger fish seem harder to locate.

V Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Most Missouri River success remains south on Lake Oahe, although some small walleye success from shore in the early morning or late evening hours. Occasional salmon from Lake Sakakawea. Nightcrawlers working better on Lake Sakakawea for walleye but success is less consistent, possibly due to weather fronts

V Dickinson, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Lake Sakakawea remains fair for walleye but work deeper in 19 to 22 feet. Light activity on smaller area lakes.

V Elgin, Anderson Bait & Tackle, Lake Tschida: Work the far west side for nice walleye numbers. Look for smaller trout and bluegill below the spillway.

V Elgin, Tri-County JDA, Lake Tschida: Nice walleye and pike bite on Lake Tschida.


V Garrison, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Continued good walleye success on the east end of Lake Sakakawea in 7 to 30 feet using nightcrawlers. Move around with general success throughout much of the east end, including Indian Hills. Limited reports from Lake Audubon.

V Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Walleye starting to move deeper in 15 to 20 feet but the best bite remains with nightcrawlers. Good numbers of small walleye. Try working west of the resort along the north shore.

V Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Best Missouri River success remains south of Bismarck-Mandan, although anglers are starting to see a few fish closer to Bismarck.

V Mandaree, McKenzie Bay Marina, Lake Sakakawea: Weather permitting, anglers finding good success with most working out towards the main river channel and lake. Try a variety of presentations and depths.

V New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Continued fair to good for walleye in the Van Hook Arm and the river around New Town. Work a variety of depths depending on weather and wind.

V New Town, Van Hook Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Fair to good walleye success in 8 to 25 feet using nightcrawlers or spinners. Try 8-Pound Flats.

V Pick City, Scott's Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River producing walleye in the Spillway Channel using spinners, live bait rigs, or jigs. Sort through for the keepers. Chutes continue producing catfish during the day with occasional walleye and trout. Look for some success from the rocks at night for walleye. Lake Sakakawea producing walleye but, again, sort through for the keepers. Best success remains along Douglas Bay with some activity along the south shore. A few salmon being taken along Deadman's and Government bays. Also try the face of the dam working 60 to 80 feet over deeper water.

V Watford City, Tobacco Garden Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Generally good success around Tobacco Garden.

V Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Lake Sakakawea continues clearing with improving walleye success as far east as Lund's Lunding. Try 3 to 12 feet using a variety of presentations. Blacktail Dam continues producing nice panfish. Fort Peck producing a fair number of salmon in 70 to 80 feet.

N.D. river elevation and streamflow

V Bear Den Creek, Mandaree: Creek elevation, 4.04 feet; streamflow, 1.6 CFS.

V Cannonball River, Regent: River stage, 4.61 feet; streamflow, 2.6 CFS.

V Green River, New Hradec: River stage, 6.53 feet; streamflow, 5.7 CFS.

V Heart River, South Heart: River stage, 2.56 feet; streamflow, 0.29 CFS.

V Little Missouri River, Marmarth: River stage, 1.15 feet.

V Little Missouri River, Medora: River stage, 2.16 feet; streamflow, 106 CFS.

V Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: River stage, 191 CFS.

V Missouri River, Williston: River stage, 15.38 feet.

V Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 7.63 feet.

V Missouri River, Schmidt Bottoms: River stage, 15.14 feet.

V Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: River stage, 4.64 feet; streamflow, 7,460 CFS.

Numbers to know

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

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

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

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