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Jamestown Sun Dakota Recreation Report

June 14, 2013

Patricia Stockdill

Outdoor Notes:

Alkali Lake, Buffalo Lake, and Tosse Lake in Sargent County and Lake Elsie, Lueck Lake, and West Moran Lake in Richland County have 14-inch walleye minimum length limit.

No minnows or aquatic bait can be removed from Pipestem Creek below Pipestem Dam or from the James River between Jamestown Dam and the North Dakota-South Dakota border, as well as any tributary up to the first vehicular bridge or crossing in an effort to restrict the spread of the aquatic nuisance species, silver carp.


June 15 & 16: Devils Lake, Grahams Island State Park; Devils Lake, Spirit Lake Marina.

June 16: Tolna Dam, Hofer Lake.

June 21 & 22: Devils Lake, Grahams Island State Park.

June 22: Rice Lake; Lake Audubon, Totten Trail.

June 22 & 23: Lake Audubon.


Devil Lake elevation, June 12: 1,453.78 feet above mean sea level (MSL).

Stump Lake elevation: 1,453.48 MSL.

Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,832.8 MSL; 20,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Barnes, LaMoure, Dickey, Sargent, and Richland county lakes continue producing good walleye and pike success with water temperatures ranging from the mid-60s in shallow water to the mid-50s in deeper water. Try floating, casting, or trolling jigs from mid-range depths and shallow bays for walleye with small to occasional large pike. Best success is in the afternoon when surface temperatures are warmest. Also try leeches below slip bobbers or casting shallow crankbaits. Casselton Reservoir, Woodhaven Pond, and Brewer Lake fair for panfish using small hook and bobber with minnows or crappie nibbles. Good catfish numbers on the Red and Sheyenne rivers along fast water areas and in structures such as woody snags. Also try deep water off the drop-off edges. River conditions are fairly stable and pre-spawn period is in full swing with catfish hitting hard on the bite. Try cut sucker minnows and move around if an area isn't biting. East end of Lake Sakakawea producing walleye. Try pitching jigs from boats towards the shoreline and shallow water.

Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: Continued good walleye success on Barnes and Clark lakes using Shadraps or mimic minnows. Devils Lake continues producing walleye.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pelican Point, Jamestown: Fair for walleye with most activity east and north of the bait shop.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Small area lakes continue producing success. Carp die-off occurring on Jamestown Reservoir.

Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Steady activity on small area lakes but limited reports.

Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Some walleye success from boat but overall the bite hasn't kicked in completely. Better success from shore off the docks. Anglers finding some nice-sized perch from shore but not big numbers. Some bass starting to show up, as well.

Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Some shore-fishing activity on area lakes and the Sheyenne River with fair to good pike success on Coal Mine Lake, Goose Lake, and the Sheyenne River where access is available. Round Lake good for pike.

Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Missouri River improving slightly for walleye but tailrace remains slow. Lake Sakakawea fair to good walleye on the east end. Parshall Bay also good. Lake Audubon fair for walleye.

Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Some crappie success.

Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Limited activity.

Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Lots of walleye and catfish success from shore from Wahpeton to Fargo.

Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Fair for smallmouth bass.

Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Not many reports.

N.D. river streamflow & elevation:

Baldhill Creek, Dazey: Creek stage, 6.89 feet; streamflow, 48 CFS.

James River, Grace City: River stage, 7.38 feet; streamflow, 525 CFS.

James River, Jamestown: River stage, 9.38 feet; streamflow, 1,250 CFS.

Pipestem Creek, Pingree: Creek stage, 7.26 feet; streamflow, 313 CFS.

Red River, Fargo: River stage, 16.26 feet; streamflow, 2,230 CFS.

Sheyenne River, Cooperstown: River stage, 13.32 feet; streamflow, 1,340 CFS.

Sheyenne River, Valley City: River stage, 8.33 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: (