McLean County Independent

Dakota Recreation Report

Aug. 1, 2019


Outdoor Notes:

*Pronghorn and swan applications now available on the N.D. Game & Fish Dept. website, (

*Aug. 3: Club de Skinautique water ski show, 5 p.m., with lighted boat parade, 10 p.m., Fort Stevenson State Park.

*Aug. 7: Pronghorn applications due.

*Aug. 10: Souris River Basin Longbeards Nat’l. Wild Turkey Federation youth event, Velva Wildlife Club, Contact DJ Randolph, (701) 720-2134, for information.

*Aug. 11: Bison Stampede 5, 10, & 15-K runs, Cross Ranch State Park. Call the park, (701) 794-3731, for information.


*Aug. 3 & 4: Lake Sakakawea, Indian Hills Resort.

*Aug. 3: Lake Sakakawea, 4 Bears; Lake Sakakawea, Elmer’s Point.

*Aug. 11: Lake Sakakawea, Sakakawea State Park.


Lake Sakakawea elevation, July 29: 1,852.02 feet above mean sea level; 46,300 cubic feet per second (CFS) Garrison Dam average daily releases.

*N.D. Game & Fish Dept. game wardens: No new reports.

*Beulah, Dakota Waters Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Continued fair to good for walleye with better success along the north shore, including Nishu Bay. Try slow death hooks and bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers in deeper water from 30 to 35 feet. Be prepared to keep any fish from that depth.

*Garrison, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Lakes Audubon & Sakakawea: Fair to good walleye success but work a variety of depths using a mix of presentations. Try Douglas, Garrison, or deTrobriand bay. No Lake Audubon reports.

*Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Lots of small walleye with better success off the points. Work deeper but also try as shallow as 13 feet.

*Garrison, 6-Mile Bait & Tackle, Lakes Audubon & Sakakawea: Fair walleye success in 20 to 30 feet with Lindy rigs and bottom bouncers or spinners and leeches or nightcrawlers throughout the east end of Lake Sakakawea. Work main lake sunken humps. Continue working deep on Lake Audubon for walleye using spinners and nightcrawlers.

*New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Fair walleye success in the Van Hook Arm but it slowed somewhat. Try a variety of presentations, including crankbaits or spinners and nightcrawlers, in 18 to 30 feet. Shallow bite slowed except on windy days.

*New Town, Van Hook Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Continued fair for walleye with the bite a little less consistent than last year. Work a variety of locations from Fox Island to the north in 10 to 35 feet. Try leeches and nightcrawlers with smile blades, propeller rigs, or deep-diving crankbaits.

*Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River spillway pond and channel continues producing walleye with a nice morning bite, which slows after about 10 a.m. Try Lindy rigs or crankbaits. Look for a mix of walleye, trout, catfish, and salmon in the chutes using 3-way swivels with plastics or smelt. Try jigging down river with minnows or nightcrawlers for walleye, as well as Lindy rigs. Crankbaits continue producing walleye off the rocks from shore at night after 8 p.m. and before 8 a.m. Lake Sakakawea inconsistent with an early morning and mid-afternoon bite but mid-day lull. Try 16 to 26 feet depending on wind using slow death hooks and nightcrawlers. Also try shallow with crankbaits. Work Mallard Island, Wolf Creek, Steinke or Douglas bays, and the 3 bays west of Sakakawea State Park. OK salmon success but slowed over the past week. Try Government Bay to the north in 65 to 90 feet

N.D. rivers:

*Knife River, Hazen: River stage, 1.09 feet; streamflow, 44 CFS.

*Little Missouri River, Watford City: River stage, 1.49; streamflow, 1,290 CFS.

*Missouri River, Washburn: River stage, 14.21 feet.

*Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: River stage, 7.32; streamflow, 17,300 CFS.

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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