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Dakota recreation report for June 27, 2014

June 27, 2014

Patricia Stockdill

Outdoor Notes

July 12: Mule Deer Foundation’s youth M.U.L.E.Y. Day Camp, Moffit. Email ( for more information or to pre-register.


June 27-29: Devils Lake, Grahams Island.

June 28-29: Lake Audubon, Souris Valley Bowmen Carp Classic.


Devils Lake elevation, June 25: 1,453.53 feet above mean sea level (MSL).

Stump Lake elevation: 1,453.48 MSL.

Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,844.18 MSL; 30,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Red, Sheyenne, Maple, and Wild Rice rivers are all swelling above banks after recent rains, which is limiting fishing activity. Try some backwater areas or feeder creeks for small, eater-sized catfish using cut bait goldeye. Cass County reservoirs are also higher than normal with less activity and success. Casselton Reservoir slow for pike and bluegill. Woodhaven Pond producing a few trout and bluegill. Try worms on bobber and hooks off the edges of the weed lines. Barnes, LaMoure, Sargent, and Richland county lakes also producing inconsistent success with up-and-down weather. Some success from western LaMoure and McIntosh county lakes still producing a few walleye. Try crankbaits from shore or trolling mid-range depths using crankbaits or spinners with minnows or Gulp. Devils Lake remains good for walleye. Missouri River is fair for small walleye. Lake Sakakawea is rising in elevation and fishing is hit-and-miss, fair at best. Lake Audubon fair for walleye.

Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Continued success shallow in 4 to 12 feet for walleye and pike. Try backwater bays in warm water using crankbaits or jigs and plastics. Also try spinners and bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers or leeches in 12 feet. Weed growth is starting so work the outside edges. Try Old or New Mil bays, Pelican Lake, or Golden Pond. East Bay is spotty with water a little clearer. White bass also starting to become more active using the same walleye presentations.

Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Continued fair to good walleye and pike, weather permitting. Best success is still around 10 feet trolling or running slip bobbers along weed beds. Occasional perch.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Continued good walleye success. Try spinners and bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers in 10 to 15 feet along the highways, dikes, Pelican Lake, or north end of 6-Mile Bay. Lots of pike success pitching crankbaits

Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: Continued fair to good success on area lakes using Mimic Minnows and chartreuse colors.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pelican Point, Jamestown: Good numbers of anglers on the water but limited reports.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Generally continued fair to good success on small area lakes and Jamestown Reservoir.

Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Continued success at Mallard Marsh and Fox Lake. Jamestown Reservoir is generally slow.

Lake Ashtabula, Ashtabula Crossing, Luverne: Continued good success for a mix of species, including some nice-sized walleye. Try along the rocks for bass using minnows, otherwise leeches are producing for other species.

Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Continued generally fair to good success, including nice numbers of walleye with perch mixed in.

Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Fair for crappie.

Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No reports.

Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Red River is high again after recent rains but anglers were finding sauger success with some bass and crappie mixed in around the Wahpeton area prior to the wet weather.

Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Fair for bass with occasional nice-sized walleye.

Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No reports.

N.D. river gauge

height and streamflow

Baldhill Creek, Dazey: Creek stage, 7.28 feet; streamflow, 120 CFS.

James River, Grace City: River stage, 5.21 feet; streamflow, 54 CFS.

James River, Jamestown: River stage, 5.89 feet; streamflow, 456 CFS.

Pipestem Creek, Pingree: Creek stage, 5.29 feet; streamflow, 38 CFS.

Red River, Fargo: River stage, 26.74 feet; streamflow, 9,680 CFS.

Sheyenne River, Cooperstown: River stage, 11.91 feet; streamflow, 777 CFS.

Sheyenne River, Valley City: River stage, 7.29 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 or (701) 328-9921.

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