McLean County Independent

Dakota Recreation Report

Oct. 4, 2018


Outdoor Notes:

*Beware of blue-green algae on area lakes and wetlands with weather and water conditions prime for the deadly toxin growth. Keep dogs out of any questionable water because it’s deadly and death can occur rapidly.

*Look for fewer wetlands across much of N.D., which could concentrate waterfowl and hunters.

*No baiting allowed on Fish & Wildlife Nat’l. Wildlife Refuges & Waterfowl Production Areas & Game & Fish Dept. Wildlife Mgmt. Areas.

*Be careful of upland species identification with immature pheasants yet.

*Oct. 5: Pronghorn gun season open (lottery licenses).

*Oct. 6: Pheasant season opens.

*Oct. 12: Moose season opens (lottery licenses).

*Oct. 13: Turkey season opens.

*Oct. 20: Sakakawea Pheasants Forever banquet, Garrison City Auditorium, 6 p.m.


*N.D. Game & Fish Dept. game wardens: Not much activity on Lake Sakakawea.

*Garrison, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Lakes Audubon & Sakakawea: Not many anglers on the east end of Lake Sakakawea but those going out are finding walleye moving shallower in 10 to 15 feet. Try a variety of presentations, mixing jigs or Lindy rigs and minnows, jigging Raps, or crankbaits. Missouri River producing nice night bite from the chutes working down river.

*Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Bait shop closed but lodging and camping still available.

*Garrison, 6-Mile Bait & Tackle, Lakes Audubon & Sakakawea: Weather limiting activity but anglers working main lake structure on the east end of Lake Sakakawea continued finding walleye success. Try jigging Raps in deeper water from the U.S. Highway 83 embankment west to Douglas Bay. Try the south bays on the east end of the lake for salmon with fish starting to move shallower.

*New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Continued fair walleye success in the Van Hook Arm working shallower waters than earlier in September.

*Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River continues producing walleye from boats in the chutes and down river around the spillway channel using 3-way swivels. Improving catfish success in the chutes from boats. Try the rocks at night from shore for a mix of walleye and salmon. Lake Sakakawea remains slow from boats for walleye, possibly weather-related. A few salmon coming from shore along Government and Scoria bays. Try a variety of presentations.


*Cranes: Some bird movement around north-central and central N.D.

*Waterfowl: Some Canada goose and duck movement in north-central N.D., the Devils Lake area, and central N.D. Lots of hunting activity in areas where wetlands are still holding water with overall OK success for most hunters. Generally, most ducks are local birds yet but some movement is starting to occur along the northern tier of the state. No big movement from southern Manitoba yet. Look for bigger push with cooler weather and rain or snow. Some lesser moving in along the midsection of Lake Sakakawea.

Numbers to know:

*N.D. Game and Fish Dept., main Bismarck office: (701) 328-6300, website: (

*N.D. Game and Fish Dept., Riverdale office: (701) 654-7475.

*Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121 or (701) 328-9921.

*Friends of Lake Sakakawea, the region’s only organization working for quality lake access, weed control and effective partnerships, (

*Dakota Recreation Report & N.D Big Game Records Book: (

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