June 15, 2012
Fall turkey applications now available.
Devils Lake ramps: All ramps usable but call Grahams Island State Park, 766-4015, for road access and construction updates.
Lake Sakakawea ramps: All ramps usable except American Legion (Raum’s) at Williston is marginal. Hale Marina and Reunion Bay low water ramps closed.
Missouri River ramps: All ramps usable except Sibley Park and MacLean Bottoms are closed.
June 16: Devils Lake, 6-Mile Bay.
June 16 & 17: Devils Lake, Grahams Island State Park.
June 22-24: Devils Lake, Grahams Island State Park.
June 23 & 24: Lake Audubon.
June 23: Lake Oahe, Beaver Bay.
Devil Lake elevation, June 13: 1,453.16feet above mean sea level (msl).
Stump Lake elevation, June 13: 1,453.41 msl.
Lake Sakakawea elevation, June 13: 1,836.5 msl; 26,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: No reports from Devils Lake. Southeastern rivers continue to drop and access is good, as is fishing success. The Red River continues producing eater-sized catfish, walleye and sauger from Wahpeton to Fargo. Try floating jig heads and minnows or nightcrawlers for all 3 species. Tributaries and confluences also good, as well as area low-head dams and faster current edges. Try chicken liver or cut bait goldeye for catfish. Try a plain hook with bobber and nightcrawler in 8 to 12 feet just below the surface for goldeye. Cass County lakes continue producing panfish although weed growth is increasing. Boat fishing will help anglers get past the weeds but try the edges of drop-offs with a piece of worm or plastic bait for smaller perch, bluegill and occasional eater-sized crappie. Walleye and northern pike slowed. Smaller lakes across Richland, Sargent, LaMoure and Barnes counties continue producing the most walleye and pike. Also try small lakes farther west. Lake Sakakawea and Missouri River hit-and-miss for walleye. Try 7 Sisters or the U.S. Highway 83 embankment. Parshall Bay producing some catfish.
Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Continued good walleye success pitching crankbaits in the shallows from 1 to 6 feet. Try Pelican Lake, west side of Minnewaukan Flats, Fort Totten, New Mil Bay or Doc Hagen’s. Pike are mixed in with walleye. Limited reports on white bass but try Woods-Routen Road or 6-Mile Bay.
Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Continued good walleye and pike success. A few perch mixed in. Work shallow but look for fish to move deeper as water temperatures warm. Limited white bass reports, although those taken are reportedly nice-sized.
Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Weather fronts creating inconsistent fishing success.
Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Wind and weather permitting, anglers are still finding good walleye and pike success. Try slip bobbers with live bait in the timber or casting crankbaits in shallow water.
Jamestown Reservoir, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Good crappie success. Lots of activity throughout most area lakes, including small lakes.
Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Weather permitting, anglers continue finding good success throughout area lakes, including Jamestown Reservoir.
Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Continued good from both boat and shore for a variety of species.
Pipestem Reservoir, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Good for crappie. Try the spillway.
Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Continued fair to good success.
Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Slower success on the Red River, although some catfish weighing up to 6 pounds are still being taken. River levels are dropping.
Spiritwood Lake, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Not many reports.
Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Limited reports but try evening hours for walleye.
N.D. rivers streamflow and river stage, June 13:
Baldhill Creek, Dazey: Creek stage, 6.46 feet; streamflow, 18 CFS.
James River, Arrowwood Nat’l. Wildlife Refuge, Kensal: River stage, 3.17 feet; streamflow, 52 CFS.
James River, Jamestown: River stage, 3.75 feet; streamflow, 114 CFS.
Pipestem Creek, Pingree: Creek stage, 5.23 feet; streamflow, 31 CFS.
Sheyenne River, Cooperstown: River stage, 10.83 feet; streamflow, 319 CFS.
Sheyenne River, Valley City: River stage, 5.27 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).