Dakota recreation report for July 25, 2014
— Aug. 6: Unit 4A pronghorn applications due.
— July 26: Devils Lake, Grahams Island; Devils Lake, 6-Mile Bay.
— Aug. 2: Devils Lake.
— Aug. 2 & 3: Lake Sakakawea, Indian Hills Resort.
— Aug. 9: Devils Lake, Creel Bay.
— Devil Lake elevation, July 23: 1,453.24 feet above mean sea level (MSL).
— Stump Lake elevation: 1,453.4 MSL.
— Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,846.45 MSL; 28,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.
— N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Fish are tough to pattern on the Red River and tend to be anywhere and not too active. Try shallow in structure near faster water and stay in a location longer than normal until catfish want to come out. Try a variety of spots until finding something that works. With the sporadic bite, anglers are using a variety of presentations with mixed results but start with cut-bait goldeye. The hot spell should help trigger better fishing. Walleye success continues across south-central and southeastern counties with good reports coming from LaMoure, Barnes, McIntosh, and Logan county lakes. Bite is slower in Richland, Ransom, and Sargent counties. Try drifting or trolling with spinners and leeches and find weed edges or structure, working transition zones. Weed growth as exploded on small lakes and shore access is reduced to available fishing piers and docks at Brewer Lake, Casselton Reservoir, and Woodhaven Pond. Panfish continue biting with bluegill and crappie hitting a hook and bobber with worm pieces or crappie nibbles. Hit-and-miss success on the east end of Lake Sakakawea. Lake Audubon remains fair for walleye.
— Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Continued good walleye success. Try Grahams Island, Ziebach Pass, New Mil, Pelican Lake, or 6-Mile Bay in 10 to 25 feet working structure. Limited white bass reports.
— Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Continued good success for eater-sized walleye. Try New Mil, Pelican Lake, or 6-Mile Bay trolling structure.
— Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Pelican Lake and the Minnewaukan Flats remain fair to good for small walleye with a little more inconsistency, depending on weather.
— Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Lots of small, 12- to 14-inch walleye but sort through for the keepers. Try 13 to 20 feet using spinners with bottom bouncers and nightcrawlers working highways and weed beds.
— Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: Continued fair to good success throughout most area lakes.
— Jamestown Reservoir, Pelican Point, Jamestown: Not much activity, although anglers are finding a few small walleye.
— Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No reports from the reservoir or small area lakes.
— Lake Ashtabula, Ashtabula Crossing, Luverne: Walleye remain active with some perch and bass mixed in. Try a variety of presentations and bait with conditions varying day-to-day.
— Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Continued good walleye success with some panfish mixed in.
— Lake Sakakawea, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Missouri River slowed for walleye with a few still being taken during the day from boats. Try spinners with nightcrawlers or jigs and minnows. Some crankbait success. Evening bite seems to be the best. Continued catfish success in the chutes using 3-way swivels with pieces of smelt or nightcrawlers. Shore-fishing success at night also slowed for walleye. Try a variety of depths on Lake Sakakawea for walleye and move around, although Douglas Bay still seems to be the best on the east end. Some success still casting jigs into the shallows. Some pike and smallmouth bass from shore. Salmon are slow. Try downriggers in 60 to 80 feet – or deeper – locating smelt and then working an area. Also try deep-diving crankbaits.
— Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Lake Audubon producing nice walleye success. Lake Sakakawea fair for a mix of walleye and smallmouth bass. Most activity on the Missouri River is south around Cattail Bay on Lake Oahe.
— Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No reports.
— Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Red River is good for walleye with lots of activity.
— Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Limited reports.
N.D. river gauge height and streamflow:
— James River, Grace City: River stage, 4.82 feet; streamflow, 27 CFS.
— James River, Jamestown: River stage, 5.51 feet; streamflow, 414 CFS.
— Pipestem Creek, Pingree: Creek stage, 5.07 feet; streamflow, 14 CFS.
— Sheyenne River, Cooperstown: River stage, 11.86 feet; streamflow, 758 CFS.
— Sheyenne River, Valley City: River stage, 6.5 feet.