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Dakota Recreation Report for July 18, 2014

Jamestown Sun

July 18, 2014

Patricia Stockdill

Outdoor Notes:

July 18-26: Conservation and Outdoor Skills Park, N.D. State Fair, Minot.


July 18-19: Lake Sakakawea, Fort Stevenson.

July 19: Jamestown Reservoir; Lake Sakakawea, Fort Stevenson, N.D. Junior Governor’s Cup.

July 25-26: Lake Sakakawea, Beulah Bay.

July 26: Devils Lake, Grahams Island; Devils Lake, 6-Mile Bay.


Devils Lake elevation, July 16: 1,453.17 feet above mean sea level (MSL).

Stump Lake elevation: 1,453.36 MSL.

Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,846.28 MSL; 29,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Red River is back in its banks from Wahpeton through Fargo and access and fishing is improving. However, flows remain faster than normal on the Sheyenne River in Valley City, Kathryn, and over to Kindred and West Fargo although a few anglers are finding bass, walleye, pike, and catfish. Target slower current and backwater areas. Red River catfishing is the best near feeder creeks and drains where fish are coming from snags and deep holes. Cut bait goldeye remains the best bait. Also try catfish Powerbait to mix it up if the bite is light. Continued good reports continue across Richland, Sargent, LaMoure, McIntosh, and south-central and southeastern North Dakota. Walleye anglers are catching fish using a variety of techniques along weed edges in 10 to 15 feet. Pike are mixed in with the walleye and biting on the same presentations. Also try bare jig heads or bright Dardevles for pike. Devils Lake remains fair to good throughout much of the lake, although spotty at times on windy days. Coe Lake continues to produce some perch and walleye, although success is slowing. Spotty walleye success throughout Lake Sakakawea.

Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Try 14 to 24 feet using spinners and nightcrawlers or slip bobbers and leeches over submerged vegetation for walleye. A few bigger fish are still coming from shallow water using crankbaits.

Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Continued fair to good walleye success. Try spinners and bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers working structure or outside of the weed beds.

Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Good walleye success with lots of activity on Pelican Lake. Try evening hours for best success on the main lake.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Continued fair to good walleye success using spinners and bottom bouncers or slip bobbers with nightcrawlers. Try Pelican Lake or Lake Irvine, although success is generally good throughout much of the lake.

Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: Lots of activity with fair to good success throughout area lakes.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pelican Point, Jamestown: Limited reports.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Anglers finding a late evening bite on Jamestown Reservoir with a nice mix of crappie and walleye. Small area lakes remain good with best success in the evening for bigger fish.

Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Lots of activity with nice walleye success.

Lake Ashtabula, Ashtabula Crossing, Luverne: Continued walleye success throughout much of the lake.

Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Decent walleye bite with some limits. Most are about 17 inches. Work shallow. Good panfish success. Occasional pike.

Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Best success is farther south around Cattail and Langeliers bays on Lake Oahe for walleye. Lots of activity. Move around and work different depths for walleye on Lake Sakakawea with higher water levels this summer. Try as shallow as 4 to 6 feet in the back bays casting jigs and minnows or nightcrawlers towards shore or deep in 35 to 40 feet with deep-diving crankbaits. Lake Audubon OK for walleye. Alkaline Lake so-so for walleye with a few pike from shore.

Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Improving perch, walleye, and crappie success

Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Improving success with more activity on the lake.

Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Continued fair bass success.

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

N.D. river gauge height and streamflow:

Baldhill Creek, Dazey: Creek stage, 6.97 feet; streamflow, 70 CFS.

James River, Grace City: River stage, 4.7 feet; streamflow, 20 CFS.

James River, Jamestown: River stage, 5.67 feet; streamflow, 443 CFS.

Pipestem Creek, Pingree: Creek stage, 5.08 feet; streamflow, 15 CFS.

Red River, Fargo: River stage, 17.1 feet; streamflow, 3,330 CFS.

Sheyenne River, Cooperstown: River stage, 11.8 feet; streamflow, 736 CFS.

Sheyenne River, Valley City: River stage, 6.36 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: (