Published September 27, 2012, 12:00 AM

Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

- Beware of dry grass conditions.

- Nonresidents can’t hunt North Dakota Game and Fish Department WMAs and PLOTS Oct. 13-19.

- Saturday: Tundra swan season opens.

- Saturday: Nonresident waterfowl season opens.

- Sunday: Teddy Roosevelt Family Fun Day, 1 p.m., McDowell Dam, Bismarck.

- Oct. 6 and 7.: Youth pheasant season.

- Oct. 13: Pheasant, fall turkey seasons open.


- Saturday: Lake Sakakawea, Tobacco Garden.


- NDGF Department District game wardens: Walleye success slowed on Lake Sakakawea.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Continued OK salmon success on the south side of Lake Sakakawea. Try No. 4 or 5 Mepps or spoons from shore. Some activity on the Missouri River from Double Ditch working north to the tailrace.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Limited activity on Lake Sakakawea, although those going are finding walleye in 18 to 20 feet using Lindy rigs and minnows. Water levels could limit some regular ramp access. Patterson Lake continues producing pike using spoons.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Missouri River slowed and low water is resulting in some access issues in areas. Best activity for shore-fishing along the tailrace seems to be at night yet. Lake Sakakawea fair for salmon with fish moving shallow early in the morning or late evening. Try Scoria Bay trolling spoons or trolling along the face of the dam.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Lake Sakakawea has light walleye activity although salmon anglers are finding good success. A few anglers on Lake Audubon are finding fair walleye success. No reports from the Missouri River.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Limited activity.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Anglers finding a few more walleye on the Missouri River but fish remain small yet.

- Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Continued fair salmon success from both boat and shore on the south side of Lake Sakakawea. Best times are before sunrise and at night with a few fish caught during the day. Salmon are in a variety of depths but look for them to be shallow soon. Walleye are scattered throughout a variety of depths. Try spinners and bottom bouncers or Lindy rigs with nightcrawlers. Look for a switch to minnows soon. Missouri River continues producing catfish with some trout, salmon and walleye in the chutes at night. Fair to good walleye bite down river during the day. Try nightcrawlers with Lindy rigs. Look for more consistency with cooler air temperatures.

- New Town, Van Hook Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Walleye success is tapering off but work deeper water around Shell Village or the slides in 25 to 35 feet using minnows or Gulp. Good for smallmouth bass. Try trolling in 10 to 12 feet with crankbaits or spinner baits.

- Watford City, Tobacco Garden Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Fewer anglers on the water but those walleye coming in are nice-sized.


- North-central North Dakota: Not much waterfowl movement other than local birds.

- Northwest North Dakota: Not many reports yet from the Watford City area.

- Southwest North Dakota: Bow hunters finding nice success despite fewer deer on the landscape. Limited grouse success in the Badlands. Lots of geese east of Bismarck.

Numbers to know

- NDGF Department main Bismarck office: 701-328-6300; website (

- NDGF Department Dickinson office: 701-227-7431.

- Report All Poachers: 800-472-2121.

- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website: (

Patricia Stockdill