June 8, 2012
Devils Lake ramps all usable, although call ahead to Grahams Island State Park for access and road construction updates.
Lake Sakakawea ramps: American Legion (Raums, Williston) marginal, Hale Marina and Reunion Bay unusable but all other ramps OK.
Missouri River ramps all usable except Sibley Island unusable and Maclean Bottoms closed.
Saturday: Sullys Hill Nat’l. Game Preserve Birding & Nature Festival, 10 a.m., Devils Lake.
Saturday: Purple Martin Assoc. of the Dakotas annual meeting, Grand Forks.
June 13-17: Potholes & Prairie Birding Festival, Arrowwood NWR, Pingree.
Friday: Devils Lake, Grahams Island State Park.
Sat. & Sun.: Spiritwood Lake; Devils Lake, Spirit Lake Casino.
June 16 & 17: Devils Lake, Grahams Island State Park.
June 16: Devils Lake, 6-Mile Bay.
Devils Lake elevation, June 6: 1,453.18 feet above mean sea level (msl).
Lake Sakakawea elevation, June 6: 1,835.6 msl; 26,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Water temperatures continue to warm on area rivers with steady water levels. Red River walleye bite is slow but steady with the best success coming on bright jigs and minnows. Try outside of the river straightaways off the edge of faster current. Catfish bite is improving on the Red River with cut bait, goldeye, suckers or nightcrawlers producing smaller eater-sized catfish. Anchor above snags, deeper holes or slack water for bigger catfish. Sheyenne River continues producing bass using jigs with twister tails along shallower edges outside of the main channel. Smaller Cass County lakes are still producing small panfish with occasional small walleye or pike. Overall, fishing is slow and weed growth is increasing. Try fishing off the edges for better success. Barnes and LaMoure county lakes remain fair to good for northern pike and walleye.
Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Try Hay Bale Bay or 6-Mile, Channel A and Mauvais Coulee bridges for white bass using plastics or jigs and minnows. Walleye bite is on throughout much of the lake. Try crankbaits in Hay Bale or Penny bays and along road riprap. Work the weeds along Stromme’s Addition, as well. Try pitching crankbaits in the shallows or slip bobbers with leeches in 10 to 15 feet in Walford’s Bay. Also pitching crankbaits along the trees or trolling spinners and nightcrawlers New Mil Bay. Try pitching crankbaits in Pelican Lake along the tracks, Boyd’s Bay or refuge island. Northern pike remain good throughout the lake.
Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Continued good for pike in shallow water throughout the entire lake. Walleye aren’t patterning consistently yet but try pitching crankbaits in the shallows and move around. Water is extremely clear.
Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Try flooded trees and the lead edges in New Mil Bay in 8 feet or less with leeches and bobbers or No. 7 shadraps. Try the same presentations in Brown’s Bay as well as mimic minnows. Work all major points with flooded trees in Pelican Lake in 8 feet or less. Water is extremely clear.
Jamestown Reservoir, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Continued fair success with good numbers of anglers on the water.
Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Lots of activity throughout all area lakes with good success.
Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Continued good, fairly consistent success with improving walleye activity, continued bass and nice numbers of perch. Pike are slower.
Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Lake Sakakawea producing a variety of fish species in various depths from 6 to 20 feet using an assortment of presentations. Work from Fort Stevenson State Park west to Douglas Bay. East end of Lake Audubon fair to good for walleye using variety of presentations. Missouri River remains good for small walleye with a few more larger fish starting to show up.
Pipestem Reservoir, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Fair to good success.
Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Lots of activity with fair to good success.
Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Anglers finding 3- to 9-pound catfish in the Wahpeton area.
Spiritwood Lake, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Fair.
Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Fair to good success.
N.D. rivers streamflow and river stage, June 6:
Baldhill Creek, Dazey: Creek stage, 6.62 feet; streamflow, 29 CFS.
James River, Grace City: River stage, 4.73 feet; streamflow, 24 CFS.
James River, Jamestown: River stage, 4.08 feet; streamflow, 151 CFS.
Missouri River, Schmidt Bottoms: River stage, 15.79 feet.
Pipestem Creek, Pingree: Creek stage, 5.07 feet; streamflow, 20 CFS.
Red River, Fargo: River stage, 15.31 feet.
Sheyenne River, Cooperstown: River stage, 10.89 feet; streamflow, 343 CFS.
Sheyenne River, Valley City:River stage, 5.26 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.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website: (www.fws.gov/northdakotafieldoffice).