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Dakota Recreation Report 8-1

By Staff | Aug 1, 2020

Outdoor notes:

*Do not release any fish caught from water 25 feet and deeper because their swim bladder likely won’t allow them to survive when coming up from deep water.

*Watchable Wildlife photo contest underway with Oct. 2 deadline. Contact N.D. Game & Fish Dept. conservation biologist, Patrick Isakson, pisakson@nd.gov for details.

*Remember to bring insect repellent when outdoors.

*N.D. Dept. of Environmental Quality issued blue-green algae advisories: Buffalo and Coal Mine lakes.

*Aug. 5: Pronghorn applications due. Go online to the N.D. Game & Fish Dept. website, (gf.nd.gov) to apply.


*Aug. 8 and 9: Lake Sakakawea, Indian Hills Resort.


Devils Lake elevation, July 29: 1,449.89 feet above mean sea level (MSL).

Stump Lake elevation: 1,449.94 MSL.

*N.D. Game & Fish Dept. game wardens: Van Hook Arm slow to fair for walleye on Lake Sakakawea with fair success around New Town. No reports from the east end of Lake Sakakawea, Devils Lake or north-central area lakes.

*Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait Shop, Devils Lake: Continued walleye success using live bait with spinners and bottom bouncers. Better success remains on the west side, possible due to the number of anglers working the west end. Occasional pike with stray perch.

*Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Continued good for walleye trolling outside of weed beds.

*Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Continued fair to good for walleye with good numbers of small fish and some 17- to 24-inch walleye mixed in.

*Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Devils Lake: Continued walleye activity in 6 to 25 feet with spinners and bottom bouncers in 20 feet or slip bobbers around 10 feet. Try Old or New Mil bays and Pelican Lake.

*Lake Darling, Karma C-Store, Ruthville: Fair for walleye on Lake Darling using nightcrawlers. Leech availability is limited. No reports from Lake Audubon.

*Lake Metigoshe, Four Seasons, Bottineau: Continued bluegill success but sort through for the nice keepers with lots of small ones. A few scattered walleye with fair to good pike success.

*Lake Sakakawea/Lake Audubon, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Move around and work a variety of depths from 2 to 40 feet to locate walleye on the east end of Lake Sakakawea and then try a variety of presentations. No consistent depth or presentation on the east end.

*Lake Sakakawea, Indian Hills Resort, Garrison: Extremely inconsistent walleye success. Try 30 to 35 feet with nightcrawlers but work shallower on windy days. Good numbers of smaller, 15-inch fish. Bite Me! fishing tournament applications due Aug. 12.

*Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Antelope Lake good for a couple of year classes of walleye but area lakes getting weedy.

*North-central/central N.D. lakes, Rugby Hdwe. Hank, Rugby: Area lakes getting weedy with limited reports. Antelope Lake slowed.

*North-central/central N.D. lakes, Towner Hdwe. Hank, Towner: Some pike success on the Souris River but limited reports from area lakes.

*Turtle Mtn. area lakes, Coast-2-Coast, Rolla: Carpenter Lake producing some walleye and pike. Devils Lake fair to good for nice walleye. Hooker, Dion, Upsilon, and Gravel lakes remain slow.

Paddle craft river elevation & flows:

*Big Coulee, Churchs Ferry: Coulee stage, 50.38 feet.

*Deep River, Upham: river stage, 7.23 feet; streamflow, 10.9 CFS.

*Little Coulee, Leeds: Coulee stage, 67.53; streamflow, 98.6 CFS.

*Mauvais Coulee, Cando: Coulee stage, 5.53 feet; streamflow, 92.2 CFS.

*Morrison Lake, Webster: Lake elevation, 59.56 feet.

*Pembina River, Walhalla: River stage, 2.45 feet; streamflow, 188 CFS.

*Souris River, Bantry: River stage, 2.08 feet; streamflow, 45.5 CFS.

Numbers to know:

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

*N.D. Game and Fish Dept., Devils Lake office: (701) 662-3617.

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

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