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Dakota Recreation Report, July 27

Jamestown Sun

Dakota Recreation Report

July 27, 2012

Patricia Stockdill

Outdoor Notes:

All Devils Lake ramps usable but contact Grahams Island State Park, 766-4015, for road access and construction updates.

Today--Sunday: N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Conservation & Outdoor Skills Park, N.D. State Fair.


Fri. & Sat.: Lake Sakakawea, Dakota Walleye Classic, Beulah Bay.

Saturday: Devils Lake, Creel Bay, New Johns Lake.

Aug. 1: Red River Area Sportsmen's Club Youth Carp and Sucker Fishing Derby, Kidder Rec Area.

Aug. 4 & 5: Lake Sakakawea, Indian Hills Resort.

Aug. 4: Devils Lake.


Devils Lake elevation, July 25: 1,452.75 feet above mean sea level (msl).

Stump Lake elevation, July 25: 1,452.67 msl.

Lake Sakakawea elevation, July 25: 1,837.5 msl; 24,500 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Hot weather continues limiting fishing activity on area rivers and lakes throughout southeastern and south-central N.D. Red River water levels remain lower than in recent years and ramps are all open and in good condition. Better success on the Red River seems to be farther north. Look for drains and areas with higher flows. Confluences of the Wild Rice, Sheyenne and Elm rivers are producing some nice catfish bites early in the morning. Sheyenne River slow for walleye, pike and catfish with some bass still active in slack water and along rocks. Try spinner baits. Weed growth remains an issue on Woodhaven, Casselton Reservoir and Brewer Lake but try the edges of the weed lines in cool morning or evening weather using a hook tipped with a nighcrawler for crappie, perch and bluegill. Good fishing throughout many Kidder County area lakes. Lake Sakakawea remains fair for walleye. Lake Audubon fair for small walleye. Small area lakes are getting weedy but Crooked Lake is fair. Missouri River remains OK for walleye.

Devils Lake, Ed's Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Try Pelican Lake or the towers for walleye in 8 to 10 feet using crankbaits, slip bobbers or jigs and leeches. Pike success remains good. Try the bridges around Mauvais Coulee or 6-Mile Bay for bass.

Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Continued good for eater-sized walleye. Try a variety of presentations. Work the weeds for bigger fish. Pike mixed in, as well. Some limited bass reports.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Continued good for small walleye in the 12- to 15-inch range using spinners and bottom bouncers in 10 to 15 feet along the flats and highways. Try Pelican Lake for bigger walleye. Pike also in the same depths.

Jamestown Reservoir, Dan's Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Continued fair to good for a variety of species on the reservoir as well as small area lakes.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Continued fair to good for a mix of walleye, pike and crappie. Lots of carp action.

Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Continued fair to good success for walleye, perch and bass. Limited pike success.

Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Continued fair to good walleye success throughout much of the east end of Lake Sakakawea. Douglas Bay also good. Improving salmon success along the bluffs and face of the dam. Try 75 to 85 feet. No reports from the Missouri River. Lake Audubon producing some bass but overall activity is focused more on Lake Sakakawea.

Lake Sakakawea, Indian Hills Resort, Garrison: Continued good for walleye using spinners with nightcrawlers or leeches in 10 to 12 feet. Work the points. Good numbers of small fish with nice keepers mixed in with some in the 5- to 6-pound range. Continued good for 8 to 10-pound pike.

Lake Sakakawea, Scott's Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Walleye bite remains fair on Lake Sakakawea. Try shallow in 5 feet or as deep as 20 to 30 feet working northeast of Mallard Island, Douglas Bay or points. Try live bait on the points or crankbaits on the flats. Salmon remain fair along the face of the dam or Government Bay fishing 65 to 85 feet over bottom depth. Missouri River remains fair to good for small walleye. Try variety of presentations. Best success is in the morning and evening. Chutes fair for trout with a few walleye mixed in. Try crankbaits or 3-way swivels. A smattering of salmon mixed in. Catfish fair. Shore-fishing slowed somewhat with best success at night with crankbaits off the rocks.

Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Coal Mine Lake and Harvey Dam fair for pike. Hurdsfield and Antelope lakes good for walleye and fair for perch. Goose Lake fair for walleye and pike.

Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Mixed salmon reports from Lake Sakakawea. It's a matter of being there when the feed is on. Those taken seem to be running a little bigger than in recent years. Good numbers of perch and smallmouth bass as well as walleye. Fewer Missouri River reports with lots of recreational boating in Bismarck-Mandan and anglers fishing Lake Sakakawea. Try north or south of Bismarck.

Pipestem Reservoir, Dan's Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Continued fair to good success.

Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Continued fair to good success for walleye and crappie.

Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Best Red River shore-fishing success for catfish and walleye around Wahpeton is at night during cooler temperatures. Occasional large catfish in the Fargo area.

Spiritwood Lake, Dan's Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Fair success.

Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Limited reports.

N.D. rivers streamflow and river stage, July 25:

Baldhill Creek, Dazey: Creek stage, 6.12 feet; streamflow, 4.2 CFS.

James River, Kensal: River stage, 2.07 feet; streamflow, 2.4 CFS.

James River, Jamestown: River stage, 3.52 feet; streamflow, 50 CFS.

Pipestem Creek, Pingree: Creek stage, 4.87 feet; streamflow, 3.4 CFS.

Red River, Fargo: River stage, 14.85 feet; streamflow, 775 CFS.

Sheyenne River, Cooperstown: River stage, 11.45 feet; streamflow, 567 CFS.

Sheyenne River, Valley City: River stage, 5.37 feet.

Numbers to know:

N.D. Game & Fish Department, main Bismarck office: 328-6300; website: (

N.D. Game & Fish Department, Jamestown office: 253-6480.

RAP, Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website: (