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Dakota Recreation Report of May 5, 2016

Outdoor notes - May 7: Bakken Roughnecks Mule Deer Foundation banquet, Watford City. - May 15: Spring turkey season closes. Tournaments- May 7: Missouri River, Bismarck-Mandan area, Nelson Lake. - May 13: Lake Oahe, MacLean Bottoms. - May 14: Mis...

Outdoor notes
- May 7: Bakken Roughnecks Mule Deer Foundation banquet, Watford City.
- May 15: Spring turkey season closes.
Tournaments
- May 7: Missouri River, Bismarck-Mandan area, Nelson Lake.
- May 13: Lake Oahe, MacLean Bottoms.
- May 14: Missouri River.
Fishing
- Lake Sakakawea elevation, May 3: 1,837.74 feet above mean sea level; 14,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) Garrison Dam average daily releases.
- N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Patterson Lake producing smaller walleye and pike. Bowman-Haley fair for a variety of sized walleye with some pike activity in the dam’s tailrace. Lake Sakakawea producing catfish and pike in the Little Missouri Arm but slowed for walleye on the east end and midsection with the spawn likely underway.
- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Try jigs with nightcrawlers or minnows pitching towards the shore or vertical jigging on the Missouri River. Crown Butte Dam slow for crappie and bluegill.
- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Reports remain light from area lakes and Lake Sakakawea, although Van Hook Arm and New Town to Bears Den producing some walleye success. Try 25 to 30 feet using jigs and minnows. Bowman-Haley Dam producing 1- to 2-pound walleye using jigs. Patterson Lake fair for 13- to 15-inch walleye with some nice perch success with fish in the 1-pound range. Try trolling with minnows. Continued pike success from shore using smelt.
- Dickinson, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Improving walleye bite on Patterson Lake with best success starting in late afternoon into the evening. Lake Sakakawea producing a nice walleye bite. Move around and locate fish.
- Garrison, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: More anglers on Lake Sakakawea but walleye are staging for the spawn and overall success is slow. Some walleye success from shore on the north side of Lake Audubon. Missouri River tailrace producing walleye from boat and shore.
- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Some activity on the Missouri River south of Mandan but walleye success slowed. Lake Sakakawea generally slow, as well as Lake Tschida.
- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Good Missouri River success for walleye from Double Ditch south using jigs and minnows with some success now starting with spinners and nightcrawlers.
- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: More activity in the Van Hook Arm with warmer, stable weather but limited reports early in the week.
- Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River remains slow with a few more walleye taken from boats using live bait. Try jigs and minnows by the boat ramp, around the rocks, and fourth campground loop from shore. North shore of Lake Sakakawea slowing with spawn likely underway. Some pike success from shore.
- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Boat anglers finding good numbers of pike and white bass around Tobacco Garden. Limited walleye reports yet.
- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Lots of activity around the confluence and Sundheim Park for paddlefish, as well as the pump house. Missouri River is muddy from recent rains. Lake Sakakawea starting to see some walleye activity. Look for more success with warmer water temperatures and fish to be more active post-spawn.
N.D river elevation and streamflow:
- Cannonball River, Regent: River stage, 5.32 feet; streamflow, 122 CFS.
- Green River, New Hradec: River stage, 6.78 feet; streamflow, 12 CFS.
- Heart River, South Heart: River stage, 3.11 feet; streamflow, 4.2 CFS.
- Little Missouri River, Marmath: Streamflow, 424 CFS.
- Little Missouri River, Medora: River state, 3.05 feet; streamflow, 430 CFS.
- Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: River stage, 1.48 feet; streamflow, 1,110 CFS.
- Missouri River, Williston: River stage, 16.53 feet.
- Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 7.15 feet.
- Missouri River, Schmidt Bottoms: River stage, 13.17 feet.
- Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: River stage, 6.05 feet; streamflow, 11,500 CFS.
Numbers to know
- N.D. Game & Fish Dept. main Bismarck office: 328-6300; website ( http://gf.nd.gov ).
- N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dickinson office: 227-7431.
- Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121 or (701) 328-9921.
- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website: ( www.fws.gov/northdakotafieldoffice ).

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