Dakota Recreation Report
Aug. 3, 2012
Burning Coal Vein Campground, 28 miles south of Medora now open but Buffalo Gap Campground 8 miles east of Medora has limited water availability.
Fri. —Sun.: Outdoor Feast Weekend, Lake Metigoshe State Park, Bottineau.
Sat. & Sun.: Great Plainer Salmon Club outing, Sakakawea State Park.
Saturday—Aug. 11: CANDISC Bicycle Tour.
Aug. 10—12: Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop, Lake Metigoshe State Park, Bottineau.
Aug. 10—12: Kids’ Weekend, Icelandic State Park, Cavalier.
Aug. 11: Fall crow season opens.
Aug. 14: Fur Harvester workshop, N.D. Game & Fish Dept., 100 N. Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck. Preregister at the Game & Fish website, (gf.nd.gov), click “Online services” and “Online course enrollment.
Aug. 15: Swan applications due.
Aug. 15: Leftover fall turkey licenses now available, first-come, first-served, online at (gf.nd.gov) or mail-in paper applications.
Sat. & Sun.: Lake Sakakawea, Indian Hills Resort.
Saturday: Devils Lake.
Aug. 7: Jamestown Reservoir.
Aug. 11: Devils Lake, Henegar Landing; Jamestown Reservoir, Pelican Point.
Aug. 18: Lake Sakakawea; Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea; Sakakawea State Park.
Devils Lake elevation, Aug. 1: 1,452.55 feet above mean sea level (msl).
Stump Lake elevation, Aug. 1: 1,452.6 msl.
Lake Sakakawea elevation, Aug. 1: 1,837.3 msl; 24,500 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Continued good walleye and northern pike success on Devils Lake with good numbers of small fish. Try crankbaits or spinners and bottom bouncers. A few scattered perch, as well. Red River spiked with fair fishing success when water levels increased after last week’s rain but success tapered off with dropping water levels.
Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Try 18 to 20 feet trolling spinners for walleye around Pelican Lake, Penny Bay, Little Tiny Bay, Walford’s Bay or Stromme’s Addition. Good overall success but walleye remain small. No reports on white bass. Pike remain good in Pelican Lake.
Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Continued fair to good for small walleye with bigger fish in the 20-inch range still hanging in the weeds. Pike still mixed in with walleye. Fair perch success. Best success seems to be on wind-blown shorelines for white bass.
Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Continued good walleye success trolling along the highways or Pelican Lake. Try spinners and bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers. Pike remain good mixed in with walleye. White bass scattered throughout the lake.
Jamestown Reservoir, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Continued activity on the reservoir and small lakes throughout the area.
Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Success slowed somewhat, although lots of anglers are still going out and with anglers working farther north on Jamestown Reservoir. Some scattered crappie success.
Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Good perch success with nice-sized fish and good numbers. Try variety of presentations and bait. Smallmouth bass slowed with a few white bass still showing up. Fair success for keeper-size walleye.
Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Coal Mine Lake and Harvey Dam fair for pike. Hurdsfield and Antelope lakes producing walleye and perch. Goose Lake fair to good for pike and walleye.
Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Lake Sakakawea remains fair for salmon. Try flashers and squids or spoons with herring. Most activity on the Missouri River is south around Beaver Bay or north at the tailrace where walleye success remains fair. Try Alkaline Lake for pike and walleye.
Pipestem Reservoir, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Continued fair success.
Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Not many reports other than some crappie reports.
Spiritwood Lake, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Continued fair success.
Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Not many reports.
N.D. rivers streamflow and river stage, Aug. 1:
James River, Kensal: River stage, 1.95 feet; streamflow, 1.2 CFS.
James River, Jamestown: River stage, 3.34 feet; streamflow, 3.1 CFS.
Pipestem Creek, Pingree: Creek stage, 4.78 feet; streamflow, 1.5 CFS.
Red River, Fargo: River stage, 14.66 feet; streamflow, 633 CFS.
Sheyenne River, Cooperstown: River stage, 11.48 feet; streamflow, 579 CFS.
Sheyenne River, Valley City: River stage, 5.71 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).