Dakota Recreation Report of May 19, 2016

Outdoor notes May 30: Military Appreciation Day at all North Dakota State Parks. June 1: Deer gun and muzzleloader applications due. Tournaments May 21: Missouri River; Graner's Bottoms, Lake Audubon. Fishing Lake Sakakawea elevation, May 17: 1,8...

Outdoor notes

  • May 30: Military Appreciation Day at all North Dakota State Parks. 
  • June 1: Deer gun and muzzleloader applications due. 


  • May 21: Missouri River; Graner’s Bottoms, Lake Audubon. 


  • Lake Sakakawea elevation, May 17: 1,838.37 feet above mean sea level; 21,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) Garrison Dam average daily releases. 
  • N.D. Game & Fish Department district game wardens: Indian Creek Dam producing perch in a variety of sizes. Dickinson Dike recently stocked with rainbow and brown trout and there is a good bite underway. Patterson Lake producing bluegill and crappie from shore. Lake Sakakawea remains generally slow in the midsection, although a few pike still being taken. 
  • Beulah, Dakota Waters Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Resort is open for the season. Occasional pike but walleye remain limited yet. 
  • Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: No Missouri River tailrace reports. Missouri River slowed in the Bismarck-Mandan area for walleye with better success north around Double Ditch and south around Hazelton. Limited Lake Audubon walleye reports. Some bass activity on Audubon and Nelson Lake. Some success at Fish Creek. 
  • Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Mel’s’ Marina to McKenzie Bay starting to produce walleye on Lake Sakakawea in 10 to 15 feet using Lindy rigs and minnows. Try 18 to 25 feet for walleye using jigs or Lindy rigs and minnows around Skunk Bay over to Bears Den. Camels Hump Dam fair for nice-sized bluegill. Patterson Lake fair for small walleye using Lindy rigs and minnows. Occasional larger one mixed in. Try 8 to 12 feet for walleye with Lindy rigs and minnows at Bowman-Haley Dam. Look for 5- to 10-pound pike from Cedar Creek Dam. 
  • Dickinson, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Stable weather helping to improve Patterson Lake for walleye with a few reports of a panfish bite. Limited reports from Lake Sakakawea. Not much activity on area rivers. 
  • Garrison, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Walleye success remains generally slow on Lake Sakakawea. Try the east end of Lake Audubon and North Lake for a little better walleye bite. 
  • Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Limited reports, although the campgrounds are open and bait shop opens May 27. 
  • Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Increasing activity on Lake Tschida. 
  • Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Missouri River and Lake Oahe fair for walleye. 
  • Mandaree, McKenzie Bay Marina, Lake Sakakawea: Better walleye remains in the shallower water areas of the Little Missouri Arm with slower activity along the main lake. 
  • New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Walleye activity slowed with last week’s cool, windy weather and water temperatures dropped. Look for improving success with warmer, stable weather. Smelt die-off is down beyond Van Hook Arm.
  • New Town, Van Hook Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Water temperatures remain cool with limited walleye success yet. Anglers are marking fish, however, so look for improving success, including pike from shore.
  • Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River remains slow from boat and shore. Look for better success with warmer weather and water temperatures. Lake Sakakawea also remains slow, likely until water temperatures warm. Try along the north shore. OK pike success from boat and shore. Limited Lake Audubon reports.
  • Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Continued good pike success off shore but walleye remain generally slow yet on Lake Sakakawea. 
  • Watford City, Tobacco Garden Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Resort open for the summer. Some nice-walleye success around Tobacco Garden. 
  • Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Lake Sakakawea’s clean water line is about Hofflund’s Islands. Try 20 feet with slow presentation and minnows. Look for white bass in the shallows with their spawn underway. Kota-Ray and Blacktail dams producing panfish. Missouri River rising but still producing catfish. Little Muddy River also rose. Look for carp activity in shallow waters for bow-fishing. 

N.D river elevation and streamflow

  • Cannonball River, Regent: River stage, 4.92 feet; streamflow, 6.9 CFS. 
  • Green River, New Hradec: River stage, 6.18 feet; streamflow, 1.4 CFS. 
  • Heart River, South Heart: River stage, 2.65 feet; streamflow 1 CFS. 
  • Knife River, Manning: River stage, 6.23 feet; streamflow, 2.5 CFS. 
  • Little Missouri River, Marmarth: River stage, 1.65 feet. 
  • Little Missouri River, Medora: River stage, 238 feet; streamflow, 162 CFS. 
  • Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: Streamflow, 214 CFS. 
  • Missouri River, Williston: River stage, 18.8 feet. 
  • Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 8.2 feet. 
  • Missouri River, Schmidt Bottoms: River stage, 14.48 feet. 
  • Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: River stage, 7.24 feet; streamflow, 16,100 CFS. 

Numbers to know


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