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Dakota Recreation Report 8-15

By Staff | Aug 15, 2020

Outdoor notes:

*Remaining deer licenses now available on first-come-first-served basis. Go to the N.D. Game & Fish Dept. website, (gf.nd.gov) for details and application.

*Aug. 22: Fall crow season opens.

*N.D. Dept. of Environmental Quality blue-green algae warning for Stump Lake and advisories for Lake Renwick and Homme Dam.

*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.

*Boating accidents should be reported to local game wardens.

*Remember to bring insect repellent and sunscreen when outdoors.


*Aug. 21: Lake Sakakawea, Indian Hills Resort.


*N.D. Game & Fish Dept. game wardens: Not much fishing activity on north-central area lakes. No reports from Devils Lake or the east end of Lake Sakakawea.

*Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait Shop, Devils Lake: Most walleye success is on spinners and bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers but look for some succ3ess vertical jigging or trolling lead core in deeper water. Leech season is generally over as a bait. Scattered pike success. Continued white bass from shore.

*Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Continued fair to good for small walleye.

*Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Good numbers of small with occasional larger fish showing up.

*Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Devils Lake: Continued fair to good for walleye using spinners and bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers. Lots of small fish in 10 to 25 feet with larger fish in deeper water using vertical jigs.

*Lake Darling, Karma C-Store, Ruthville: No new reports.

*Lake Metigoshe, Four Seasons, Bottineau: Continued bluegill success with occasional walleye in the early morning or evening hours.

*Lake Sakakawea/Lake Audubon, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Move around, working deeper water down 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: Some walleye success around the beacon and Independence Point using nightcrawlers.

*Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Fair to good walleye success on Antelope, Goose, and Clear lakes in about 10 feet using spinners and nightcrawlers. Look for a fair early Canada goose season with nice numbers of local birds.

*North-central/central N.D. lakes, Rugby Hdwe. Hank, Rugby: Area lakes getting weedy.

*North-central/central N.D. lakes, Towner Hdwe. Hank, Towner: Souris River low and slow so anglers should locate deep holes for any walleye or pike success. Area lakes slow.

*Turtle Mtn. area lakes, Coast-2-Coast, Rolla: Area lakes becoming weedy but look for some trout through the weeds on Strawberry Lake (Bottineau County). No Devils Lake reports.

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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