Dakota Recreation Report for July 29

Outdoor notes o Remember to pull plugs on boats when leaving a lake. o Beware of the potential for blue-green algae in small lakes. o July 29-30: Christmas in July, Lewis & Clark State Park. o July 30: Bluegrass goes Pink, Cross Ranch State P...

man fishing on a lake. Sunset
man fishing on a lake. Sunset

Outdoor notes

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

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

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

• July 30: Bluegrass goes Pink, Cross Ranch State Park; Evening at On-a-Slant, Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.


• Aug. 3: Pronghorn applications due.


• July 30-31: Lake Sakakawea, Skunk Bay.

• Aug. 5-6: Lake Sakakawea, 4 Bears.

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

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

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

• Aug. 16: Lake Sakakawea, New Town Marina.



• Lake Sakakawea elevation, July 26: 1,841.5 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: Overall success in the southwest remains light, although some success below the spillway on Lake Tschida. No reports from southwest area lakes. Good walleye success around Deepwater Bay on Lake Sakakawea.

• Beulah, Dakota Waters Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Continued good walleye activity. Try Beaver Bay on the south side or Nishu Bay on the north shore in shallow water of 5 to 10 feet using leeches.

• Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Improving salmon success on Lake Sakakawea with some more than 11 pounds. Try the Riverdale Bluffs, Spillway, and up to Deadman's Bay. Lake Oahe slowed somewhat.

• Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Reports remain light from Lake Sakakawea, although good numbers of anglers are out. Several small area lakes are getting weedy.

• Dickinson, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Smaller area lakes are tough with blue-green in some lakes. Lake Sakakawea fair to good for walleye. Move around using spinners with nightcrawlers in 20 feet.

• Elgin, Tri-County JDA, Lake Tschida: Steady walleye success in deeper water with most success closer to the dam.


• Garrison, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Continued fair walleye success working 8 to 30 feet from Garrison to Berthold bays on the east end of Lake Sakakawea. Try main lake points using a variety of presentations. Not many reports from Lake Audubon.

• Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Try 12 to 20 feet for walleye with spinners with nightcrawlers. Bass active on gravely points. Work the north side west of the resort. Applications available for Bite Me fishing tournament.

• Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Not many changes on the Missouri River with most activity still farther south.

• Mandaree, McKenzie Bay Marina, Lake Sakakawea: Continued fair to good walleye success with most activity on the main lake in deeper water.

• New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Van Hook Arm and Shell Bay continues producing walleye in 10 to 20 feet. Also try the river by New Town.

• New Town, Van Hook Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Good walleye bite in the Van Hook Arm. Try 8-Pound Island, the flats, Parshall Bay, and throughout the Arm using nightcrawlers or leeches in 18 to 22 feet.

• Pick City, Scott's Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River continues producing walleye and pike from boats around the Spillway Inlet Channel and high banks during the day. Try live bait or plastics. Sort through the numbers of small walleye for keepers. Variable water releases could vary tailrace ramp access. Chutes producing a mix of walleye, catfish, trout, and salmon. Wing walls fair for catfish. Good walleye activity from the rocks from shore at night. Lake Sakakawea fair for walleye but spotty. Try Centennial, Steinke, or Douglas bays on the north shore or along Sakakawea State Park on the south side in 8 to 30 feet. Occasional salmon suspended in 80 to 105 feet using flashers and squids. Several weighing 10 pounds and more but light fishing pressure yet. Salmon also looking healthy.

• Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Continued good for walleye throughout much of the midsection and west end of Lake Sakakawea.

• Watford City, Tobacco Garden Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Fair to good walleye success.

• Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Continued walleye success on Lake Sakakawea from Lewis & Clark State Park to the east in 5 to 10 feet using a variety of presentations. Blacktail Dam continues producing panfish. Missouri River starting to clear with continued catfish success.

N.D river elevation and streamflow

• Bear Den Creek, Mandaree: Creek elevation, 4.03 feet; streamflow, 1.5 CFS.

• Cannonball River, Regent: River stage, 4.55 feet; streamflow, 2 CFS.

• Green River, New Hradec: River stage, 6.03 feet; streamflow, 0.79 CFS.

• Heart River, South Heart: River stage, 2.54 feet; streamflow, 0.25 CFS.

• Knife River, Manning: River stage, 1.45 feet; streamflow, 63 CFS.

• Little Missouri River, Marmarth: Streamflow, 2.3 CFS.

• Little Missouri River, Medora: River stage, 1.88 feet; streamflow, 48 CFS.

• Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: Streamflow, 123 CFS.

• Missouri River, Williston: River stage, 14.68 feet.

• Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 6.64 feet.

• Missouri River, Schmidt Bottoms: River stage, 15.26 feet.

• Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: river stage, 3.16 feet; streamflow, 3,770 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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