Dakota Recreation Report
Aug. 20, 2010
Wednesday: Swan applications due.
Saturday: Turtle River State Park Kid’s Bash.
Sept. 1: Dove season opens.
Sept. 3: Archery deer season opens.
Sept. 3: Mountain lion season opens.
Saturday: Lake Sakakawea, Sakakawea State Park; Lake Sakakawea, Indian Hills Resort.
Devils Lake elevation, Aug. 18: 1,451.71 feet above mean sea level (msl).
Stump Lake elevation, Aug. 18: 1,451.71 msl.
Lake Sakakawea elevation, Aug. 18: 1,850.6 msl; 16,000 cubic feet per second average Garrison Dam daily releases.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. Game Wardens: Rain and runoff, along with cooler weekend temperatures bogged down river fishing. Best action on the Red River is north of Fargo using suckers. Southeastern area lakes also slowing in both anglers and success. No reports from Devils Lake.
Devils Lake, C&M Bait, Black Tiger Bay, Devils Lake: Spotty walleye success. Work weed beds using jigs or Gulp. Also try trolling spinners with leeches.
Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Continued fair to good for small walleye using spinners with bottom bouncers in 12 to 20 feet. Move around with success throughout much of the lake.
Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Continued fair to good for small walleye with some more northern pike mixed in. Work weed beds or structure. Work the shorelines on breezy days for white bass.
Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Spotty walleye success with most fish running on the small side. Work structure on both sides of the Golden Highway and the east side of Pelican Lake.
Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Continued small walleye success trolling spinners or Lindy rigs with bottom bouncers in 10 to 20 using nightcrawlers. Try Pelican Lake, Stromme’s Addition, Penny Bay along with areas with rock piles.
Jamestown Reservoir, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Continued fair to good for walleye. Try spinners and leeches.
Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Fair for walleye. Alkaline and Hehn-Schaffer lakes producing walleye using jigs or Swedish pimples and nightcrawlers.
Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Continued good walleye, bass, and perch activity.
Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Wind and weather slowed weekend weather with limited reports earlier in the week.
Lake Sakakawea, Indian Hills Resort, Garrison: More walleye activity taking place along the north shore from Pepsi Point towards the beacon. Work shallow with the wind or deeper on calm days with spinners or long Lindy rigs and nightcrawlers, the slower the better.
Lake Sakakawea, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Lake Audubon slow. Try spinners with nightcrawlers. Lake Sakakawea has continued walleye activity. Try Lindy rigs or spinners with nightcrawlers in 28 to 40 feet. Continued salmon success around Government Bay in 65 to 90 feet over 120 feet. Try flashers and squids or herring. Missouri River remains fair to good but slowed during the day. Try nightcrawlers or spinners with Lindy rigs. Overall better success from both boat and shore seems to be at night.
Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Look for salmon activity on Lake Sakakawea. Move around on the Missouri River with spotty success.
Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Fair to good for northern pike and crappie with more anglers on the water.
Red River, Riverkeepers, Fargo: Continued good catfish success on the Red River from both boat and shore. Try cut bait. Fargo-Moorhead ramps are in good condition, although rain and runoff has increased river levels.
Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Look for a bite on small perch with occasional nice walleye and small northern pike mixed in.
N.D. River Report, Aug. 18:
Baldhill Creek, Dazey: Streamflow, 5.8 cfs; creek stage, 6.23 feet.
James River, Grace City: Streamflow, 19 cfs; river stage, 4.5 feet.
James River, Jamestown: Streamflow, 111; river stage, 3.76 feet.
Pipestem Creek, Pingree: Streamflow, 7.1 feet; creek stage, 4.91 feet.
Red River, Fargo: Streamflow, 1,190 cfs; river stage, 15.8 feet.
Sheyenne River, Cooperstown: Streamflow, 363 cfs; river stage, 10.9 feet.
Sheyenne River, Valley City: River stage, 5.35 feet.
Early Canada gooses: Southeastern hunters fared well on the opening weekend. Find stubble fields and bring mosquito spray. Light pressure in east-central N.D. but good bird numbers. Good numbers around. Devils Lake, as well.
Numbers to know:
N.D. Game & Fish Department, main Bismarck office: 328-6300; Web site: (http://gf.nd.gov).
N.D. Game & Fish Department, Jamestown office: 253-6480.
RAP, Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121.