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Dakota Recreation Report 8-29

By Staff | Aug 29, 2020

Outdoor notes:

*Sept. 1: Dove season opens.

*Sept. 2: Fall turkey applications due.

*Sept. 4: Mountain lion and archery deer seasons open.

*Sept. 7: Missouri River early Canada goose season closes.

*N.D. Dept. of Environmental Quality blue-green algae warning for Stump and Antelope lakes and advisories for Devils Lake and Buffalo and Coal Mine lakes.

*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.


*Sept. 8 – 11: Lake Sakakawea, Fort Stevenson State Park.


Devils Lake elevation, Aug. 26: 1,449.64 feet above mean sea level (MSL).

Stump Lake elevation: 1,449.57 MSL.

*N.D. Game & Fish Dept. game wardens: North-central area lakes remain slow. Missouri River tailrace continues producing catfish. No Lake Sakakawea or Devils Lake reports.

*Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait Shop, Devils Lake: Continued walleye success with spinners and bottom bouncers. Work 12 to 14 or 18 to 22 feet with nightcrawler pieces. Also try slip bobbers and leeches, if still available, or trolling with lead-core or crankbaits in deeper water.

*Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Continued fair to good for small walleye. Work weeds for larger fish with some pike mixed in.

*Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Devils Lake: Continued fair to good for walleye using a variety of presentations with smaller fish in the shallows. Work deep for larger fish. Try along the highway or slip bobbers around New Mil Bay and Pelican Lake.

*Lake Darling, Karma C-Store, Ruthville: Continued fair activity at Lake Darling. No reports from other area lakes.

*Lake Metigoshe, Four Seasons, Bottineau: Continued bluegill and pike success with occasional nice-sized walleye.

*Lake Sakakawea/Lake Audubon, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Work a variety of depths for walleye on the east end of Lake Sakakawea. Small fish more active during the day in 14 to 35 feet. Work shallower in late afternoon and evening for larger fish. Try pitching jigs shallow or pulling crankbaits in deeper water. Slower presentations seem to be better. Also try slow death hooks. Most activity is around the mouths of bays but try working up into bays, as well.

*Lake Sakakawea, Indian Hills Resort, Garrison: Continued small walleye success. Work 22 to 28 feet with nightcrawlers.

*Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: No new reports.

*North-central/central N.D. lakes, Rugby Hdwe. Hank, Rugby: Limited activity throughout most area lakes.

*North-central/central N.D. lakes, Towner Hdwe. Hank, Towner: Mouse River is low and slow. Not much activity on area lakes and they’re generally weedy.

*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.


*Early Canada goose season: Fair success in the northeast around Devils Lake as more small grain harvest gets underway. Not much activity around the north-central region. A few local flocks feeding in harvested fields in central N.D. around Lonetree WMA area.

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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