July 20, 2012
Devils Lake ramps all usable but call Grahams Island State Park, 766-4015, for road access and construction information.
Fri., July 28: N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Conservation & Outdoors Skills Park, N.D. State Fair, Minot.
Fri. & Sat.: Lake Sakakawea, Fort Stevenson State Park, Garrison, N.D. Governor’s Cup Walleye Derby.
Saturday: Lake Sakakawea, Fort Stevenson State Park, Garrison, N.D. Junior Governor’s Cup Walleye Derby, 10 a.m.
July 27 & 28: Lake Sakakawea, Dakota Walleye Classic, Beulah Bay.
July 28: Devils Lake; Creek Bay, New Johns Lake.
Devils Lake elevation, July 18: 1,452.82 feet above mean sea level (msl).
Stump Lake elevation, July 18: 1,452.79 msl.
Lake Sakakawea elevation, July 18: 1,837.8 msl; 24,500 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.
Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Continued good for pike and walleye throughout the lake. Try spinners and bottom bouncers in 10 to 15 feet along the ridgeline around Stromme’s Addition or Golden Highway. Also try pitching crankbaits along the weed lines or tree lines. White bass slowed.
Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Continued good for small walleye throughout the lake with good bass success, as long. A few perch are starting to show up.
Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Continued good for walleye trolling spinners or jigging in 10 to 15 feet along the highways. Lots of 12- to 15-inch fish. Pelican Lake seems to be producing a few bigger walleye. Pike are mixed in among the walleye. Try pitching crankbaits or jigs in the evening hours for bass.
Jamestown Reservoir, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Continued fair to good success.
Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Slower overall success, possibly due to hot weather.
Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Continued good for small walleye with occasional bigger fish now starting to show up. Perch remain good with some numbers of nice-sized fish and good numbers. Limited pike success. Smallmouth bass slowed but more white bass showing up.
Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Coal Mine Lake and Harvey Dam fair for pike. Goose Lake good for walleye and pike. Antelope Lake good for walleye, fair for perch. Hurdsfield Lake good for walleye. All area lakes are greening up.
Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: OK, but spotty, salmon success on Lake Sakakawea. Try flashers and squids or spoons along the face of the dam, Riverdale Bluffs and Deadman’s Bay. Missouri River remains fair but spotty. Sort through for keepers. Limited reports from farther south around the border but tailrace is good for walleye. Some activity at New Johns Lake. Try Cherry Lake, Lake Isabel or Lake Etta for pike casting spoons or spinner baits.
Pipestem Reservoir, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Continued fair to good.
Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Slower overall success.
Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Catfish success remains steady in the Fargo area for patient anglers willing to move around. Walleye are biting off shore during late afternoon hours in Wahpeton area from Red River headwaters and north.
Spiritwood Lake, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Fair to good.
Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Limited reports.
N.D. rivers streamflow and river stage, July 18:
Baldhill Creek, Dazey: Creek stage, 6.19 feet; streamflow, 6.1 CFS.
James River, Grace City: River stage, 4.22 feet; streamflow, 1.8 CFS.
James River, Jamestown: River stage, 3.57 feet; streamflow, 54 CFS.
Pipestem Creek, Pingree: Creek stage, 4.86 feet; streamflow, 3.1 CFS.
Red River, Fargo: Streamflow, 721 CFS.
Sheyenne River, Cooperstown: River stage, 10.73 feet; streamflow, 279 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).