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Jamestown Sun Dakota Recreation Report

Jamestown Sun

Dakota Recreation Report

Aug. 17, 2012

Patricia Stockdill

Outdoor Notes:

Aug. 31: Archery deer season opens, mountain lion season opens.

Sept. 1: Dove season opens.


Saturday: Lake Sakakawea, Indian Hills Resort; Lake Sakakawea, Sakakawea State Park.


Devils Lake elevation, Aug. 15: 1,452.38 feet above mean sea level (msl).

Stump Lake elevation, Aug. 15: 1,452.45 msl.

Lake Sakakawea elevation, Aug. 15: 1,836.3 msl; 24,500 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Devils Lake continues producing small walleye. Hurdsfield Lake fair for walleye. Lake Sakakawea and Missouri River slowed somewhat but anglers are still finding overall fair success.

Jamestown Reservoir, Dan's Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Continued fair to good success for a mix of walleye, pike and perch.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Continued crappie and walleye success. Limited reports from small area lakes but try the river for walleye and pike.

Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Fair for a variety of species. No big numbers but overall continued good activity from both boat and shore. Try shallow along the docks for panfish. Perch success is good with many nice-sized fish taken. Lake levels are holding steady with less weed issues lately.

Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Coal Mine Lake and Harvey Dam fair for pike, slow for perch. Hurdsfield Lake fair to good for walleye and perch. Goose Lake fair to good for pike and walleye. Antelope Lake continues producing good walleye success with fair perch activity.

Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: No Missouri River report. Lake Isabel slowed for pike but still producing a few from shore.

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

Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Continued crappie activity.

Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Walleye fishing slowed last week but shore anglers are still catching nice-sized catfish from dusk towards nightfall. Heavy rains replenished Bois de Sioux River, which was getting low.

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

Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Try a nighttime bite for smallmouth bass.

N.D. rivers streamflow and river stage, Aug. 15:

Baldhill Creek, Dazey: Creek stage, 6.08 feet; streamflow, 3.3 CFS.James River, Kensal: River stage, 2.05 feet; streamflow, 2.2 CFS.

James River, Jamestown: River stage, 3.35 feet; streamflow, 38 CFS.

Pipestem Creek, Pingree: Creek stage, 4.64 feet; streamflow, 0.28 CFS.

Red River, Fargo: River stage, 14.37 feet; streamflow, 442 CFS.

Sheyenne River, Cooperstown: River stage, 11.47 feet; streamflow, 575 CFS.

Sheyenne River, Valley City: River stage, 5.92 feet.


Early season Canada goose numbers look good throughout many areas of central, east-central and west-central North Dakota and the Devils Lake area.

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: (