Dakota Recreation Report
June 27-29: Devils Lake, Grahams Island.
Devils Lake elevation, June 18: 1,453.33 feet above mean sea level (MSL).
Stump Lake elevation: 1,453.44 MSL.
Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,843.23 MSL; 30,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Inconsistent weather creating inconsistent fishing success and access in the southeast. Red River flows increased early in the week and most docks are flooded. Check ahead before assuming access points are usable. Catfish anglers are finding better action in the evenings with cut bait goldeye and worm balls producing eater-sized catfish. Work areas of low flows, backwater, and inflow confluences. However, high flows will be an ongoing challenge. Target feeder streams, creeks, and shallows. Sheyenne River in West Fargo also has high flows making fishing extremely slow in the main channel areas. Spots near low-head dams and the diversion are better options. Try jigs and twister tails or jigs and minnows for walleye. Try spinner baits for smallmouth bass in the eddies and current edges. The walleye and pike across Richland, Sargent, LaMoure, Barnes, and McIntosh county lakes continue producing good fish, but are also off-and-on. Try trolling and covering the edges of drop-offs and transition zones or structure with live bait rigs or Gulp. Hit-and-miss walleye success on Lake Sakakawea.Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Work shallow bays in Pelican Lake or 6-Mile Bay pitching crankbaits for walleye. Also try slip bobbers and leeches along the edges. Some spinners or Lindy rigs with leeches or nightcrawlers in 8 to 15 feet also starting to produce. Work any of the bridges in the evening for walleye, as well.
Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Continued fair to good walleye success, although water temperatures dropped slightly with cooler weekend weather. Work shallow weed beds with a variety of presentations.
Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Good for walleye. Try Mauvais Coulee or Minnewaukan Flats in shallow water.
Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Continued fair to good for walleye with fish moving into the main lake. Try the north end of 6-Mile Bay, Pelican Lake — including good pike numbers — Mauvais Coulee or New and Old Mil bays with the best success a late evening bite. Also try Howard’s Bay for pike.
Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: Continued fair to good success throughout area lakes.
Jamestown Reservoir, Pelican Point, Jamestown: Limited reports from Jamestown Reservoir.
Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Jamestown Reservoir hit-and-miss for walleye. Fair to good success on small lakes south of the Jamestown area.
Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Continued success at Mallard Marsh. Limited reports from Jamestown Reservoir.
Lake Ashtabula, Ashtabula Crossing, Luverne: Improving success as the weekend progressed from both shore and boat for a mix of species. Try spinner rigs with leeches or minnows throughout much of the lake in 6 to 11 feet.
Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Continued walleye and perch success throughout much of the lake.
Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Lake Etta and Lake Isabelle continue producing pike. Missouri River tailrace and around the Washburn area OK for walleye using crankbaits. Slower around Bismarck-Mandan with more activity farther south and fish are running larger. Lake Audubon remains fair.
Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Fair to good but spotty success. Move around.
Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Limited reports.
Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Heavy rains over the past weekend slowed catfish, walleye, and smallmouth bass success on the Red River, which was fair to good prior to the rain and rising river levels.
Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Continued fair to good bass success with some walleye mixed in.
Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Not many reports.
N.D. river gauge height and streamflow:
Baldhill Creek, Dazey: Creek stage, 6.94 feet; streamflow, 67 CFS.
James River, Grace City: River stage, 5.41 feet; streamflow, 72 CFS.
James River, Jamestown: River stage, 5.23 feet; streamflow, 345 CFS.
Pipestem Creek, Pingree: Creek stage, 5.16 feet; streamflow, 24 CFS.
Red River, Fargo: River stage, 20.35 feet; streamflow 5,360 CFS.
Sheyenne River, Cooperstown: River stage, 11.61 feet; streamflow, 657 CFS.
Sheyenne River, Valley City: River stage, 6.39 feet.
Numbers to know:
N.D. Game & Fish Department, main Bismarck office: 328-6300; website: (http://gf.nd.gov).
N.D. Game & Fish Department, Jamestown office: 253-6480.
RAP, Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121 or (701) 328-9921.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website: (www.fws.gov/northdakotafieldoffice).