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Dakota Recreation Report

Jamestown Sun

Dakota Recreation Report

Aug. 1, 2014

Patricia Stockdill

Outdoor Notes:

Aug. 6: Unit 4A pronghorn applications due.

Aug. 9: Fall crow season opens.

Aug. 13: Swan applications due.


Aug. 2: Devils Lake.

Aug. 2 & 3: Lake Sakakawea, Indian Hills Resort.

Aug. 7: Ducks Unlimited Great Plains Regional Office 30th anniversary open house, 2525 River Road, Bismarck, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Aug. 9: Devils Lake, Creel Bay.

Aug. 12: Stump Lake.


Devils Lake elevation, July 30: 1,453.11 feet above mean sea level (MSL).

Stump Lake elevation: 1,453.27 MSL.

Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,846.27 MSL; 28,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Catfish remains spotty but is improving. Fluctuating surface water temperatures are extending the catfish spawn. Try working the openings of holes and along the outer edges of snags. Move around to find active fish and stay on that spot with fresh bait. Suckers are producing success but also try goldeye or frogs. Red River in Fargo still has higher flows and the midtown rapids downstream landing and dock were unusable earlier in the week. Look for better Red River access in coming days. Sheyenne River improving for smallmouth bass using spinner baits in shaded areas on sunny days and off the edges of the faster currents. Walleye bite continues to produce good eater fish from boats with action coming a little deeper across Richland, Sargent, Ransom, Barnes, LaMoure, McIntosh, and Logan counties. Try trolling spinners tipped with minnows, leeches, or Gulp on days with a nice walleye chop. No reports from Devils Lake. East end of the Lake Sakakawea is hit-and-miss.

Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: Continued fair to good success throughout area lakes.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Continued good walleye success on many small area lakes using nightcrawlers. Success slowed with leeches. Try early morning or late evening bite on Jamestown Reservoir for walleye and crappie.

Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Some activity on the reservoir and small area lakes but success is slowing a bit.

Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Fair to good for crappie in the evening with some perch success during the day.

Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Limited reports.

Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: No reports.

Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Limited reports.

N.D. river gauge height and streamflow:

Baldhill Creek, Dazey: Creek stage, 6.6 feet; streamflow, 31 CFS.

James River, Grace City: River stage, 5 feet; streamflow, 38 CFS.

James River, Jamestown: River stage, 5.38 feet; streamflow, 389 CFS.

Pipestem Creek, Pingree: Creek stage, 5.01 feet; streamflow, 10 CFS.

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: (