Outdoor notes

  • Aug. 27: Corn and Frank Fest, Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. 
  • Sept. 1: Dove season opens. 
  • Sept. 2: Archery deer and mountain lion seasons open.
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  • Aug. 20: Lake Sakakawea, Indian Hills Resort; Lake Sakakawea, Sakakawea State Park; Upper Missouri River, Lewis & Clark Bridge.
  • Aug. 27: Lake Sakakawea, Little Beaver Bay. 


  • Lake Sakakawea elevation, Aug. 16: 1,840.46 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: No South shore of Lake Sakakawea remains fair to good for walleye. No reports from the north shore or Missouri River.
  • Beulah, Dakota Waters Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Continued fair to good walleye success with most activity on crankbaits in 20 to 25 feet. Work Beaver Bay to the west.
  • Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Lake Sakakawea producing nice salmon numbers with fish averaging about 10 pounds. Try flashers with a hint of white in 90 feet and deeper. Deepwater Bay on Lake Sakakawea good for walleye. Some walleye success around Fort Rice and Hazelton on the Missouri River with fish in the keeper-size range. 
  • Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Work deeper on Lake Sakakawea in 23 to 28 feet using slow death hooks with bottom bouncers and nightcrawlers throughout much of the midsection, including Saddle Butte, slides, and beacon. Not many reports from smaller area lakes. 
  • Dickinson, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Less activity on area lakes and Lake Sakakawea. 
  • Elgin, Tri-County JDA, Lake Tschida: Steady, fair walleye success. Use caution in areas with shallow water. 
  • Garrison, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: East end of Lake Sakakawea slowed somewhat for walleye with better success from Indian Hills west to Van Hook Arm. The key is to work deeper water around 30 to 35 feet on calm days on the east end for bigger fish. Move around to locate schools because fish are in varying depths. Limited reports from Lake Audubon. 
  • Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Continued good walleye success. Work 20 to 25 feet around the beacon or Goat Island with nightcrawlers.
  • Mandaree, McKenzie Bay Marina, Lake Sakakawea: Try 20 to 30 feet for walleye with somewhat slower and less consistent success. The trick is to try deeper water. 
  • New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Work a little deeper on the Van Hook Arm but walleye success remains good. Best success is with crankbaits but spinners and nightcrawlers still producing. 
  • New Town, Van Hook Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Continued fair to good walleye success. Try shallow in the north end in about 6 feet or south in deeper water around Shell Village in 25 feet. Spinners and bottom bouncers or Lindy rigs. 
  • Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River continues producing a day bite from boats in the Spillway Channel Inlet or down river. Try a variety of live bait presentations or plastics. Chutes producing catfish using smelt or 3-way swivels. Good late night bite for walleye from the rocks. Try casting crankbaits. Lake Sakakawea remains good for walleye but move around to locate fish. They’re moving around in a variety of depths keying on baitfish or structure. Try spinners and bottom bouncers or jigs around Alcatraz, Douglas, Steinke, or deTrobriand bays. Salmon remain good in 80 to 105 feet over deeper water using a variety of presentations. Most are at least 8 pounds with some more than 12 pounds. Try Government Bay or the face of the dam using white flashers and white squids.
  • Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Continued strong walleye success around the New Town area but activity is slacking off somewhat around Tobacco Garden. 
  • Watford City, Tobacco Garden Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Weather fronts and lower water levels are slowing walleye activity. Work deeper with a variety of presentations with best success on crankbaits. Fish are nice-sized. 
  • Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Lake Sakakawea muddied up on the west end so best success is from White Earth Bay to the east. Try spinners and nightcrawlers with some success starting on minnows. Missouri River producing an occasional walleye. Blacktail Dam remains fair for panfish. Trenton Lake producing an occasional crappie. 


  • Early Canada goose: Some local broods in the Williston with the season now open. 

N.D river elevation and streamflow

  • Bear Den Creek, Mandaree: Creek elevation, 3.52 feet; streamflow, 0.24 CFS. 
  • Cannonball River, Regent: River stage, 4.49 feet; streamflow, 1.5 CFS. 
  • Green River, New Hradec: River stage, 6.01 feet; streamflow, 0.6 CFS. 
  • Heart River, South Heart: River stage, 2.52 feet; streamflow, 0.22 CFS. 
  • Little Missouri River, Marmarth: River stage, 1.09 feet. 
  • Little Missouri River, Medora: River stage, 1.9 feet; streamflow, 51 CFS. 
  • Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: Streamflow, 40 CFS. 
  • Missouri River, Williston: River stage, 13.55 feet. 
  • Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 7.42 feet. 
  • Missouri River, Schmidt Bottoms: River stage, 14.62 feet. 
  • Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: River stage, 2.51 feet; streamflow, 2,520 CFS. 

Numbers to know

  • N.D. Game & Fish Dept. main Bismarck office: 701-328-6300; website, http://gf.nd.gov.
  • 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: www.fws.gov/northdakotafieldoffice.