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Outdoor recreation report

June 1, 2012
Minot Daily News
Outdoor Notes ® Remember camping restrictions on Game & Fish Wildlife Mgmt. Areas: No camping Tuesday or Wednesdays on Mercer and McLean county WMAs; no camping at all on WMAs in Mountrail, Williams & McKenzie county WMAs. Lake Sakakawea ramp update: American Legion (Raums), Williston is marginal. Hale Marina and Reunion Bay ramps unusable. All other ramps OK. Missouri River ramp update: Sibley Park unusable & Maclean Bottoms ramp closed. Devils Lake ramp update: All ramps usable although road construction continues to Grahams Island State Park. Saturday: Upper Souris Nat’l Wildlife Refuge Special Needs Fishing Day. Outlet Fishing Area closed to the public from 5 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday: Volunteer Work Day, Cross Ranch Nature Preserve & state park. Saturday: Nat’l Trails Day hikes, Lake Metigoshe State Park, Bottineau. Saturday: Nat’l. Trails Day hike, Icelandic State Park, Cavalier, 9:30 a.m., 4 p.m. & dusk night hike Sat. & Sun.: Free Fishing Weekend. Sat. & Sun.: “Tweet This” complete-at-your-own-pace activities, Audubon Nat’l. Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Coleharbor. Wednesday: Deer gun, muzzleloader & landowner applications due. Thursday: Sullys Hill Nat’l. Game Preserve evening presentation, Digital Photography Storage Workshop, 6:30 p.m., Devils Lake. June 9: Purple Martin Assoc. of the Dakotas annual meeting, Grand Forks. June 9: Sullys Hill Nat’l. Game Preserve Birding & Nature Festival, 10 a.m., Devils Lake. June 13-17: Potholes & Prairie Birding Festival, Arrowwood NWR, Pingree. Tournaments Saturday: Missouri River tailrace; Lake Audubon, Totten Trail; Devils Lake, Estenson Landing; Buffalo Lodge Lake. June 8: Devils Lake, Grahams Island State Park. June 9: Upper Missouri River, Trenton; Hiddenwood Lake. June 9 & 10: Devils Lake, Spirit Lake Casino; Lake Sakakawea, Parshall Bay. Fishing Devils Lake elevation, May 30: 1,453.23 feet above mean sea level. Stump Lake elevation, May 30: 1,453.4 feet. Lake Sakakawea elevation, May 30: 1,835.5 feet; 26,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases. N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Devils Lake remains good for northern pike with some walleye mixed in. Success is good throughout most of the lakes, especially Pelican Lake. Continued small walleye success from the Missouri River. No reports from the east end of Lake Sakakawea. Limited success on the upper end of Lake Sakakawea. Outlet Fishing Area below Lake Darling remains good. Souris River slowed with only a few pike and limited walleye showing up. Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Limited reports with recent wind and weather limiting activity. Bottineau, Four Seasons, Lake Metigoshe: Continued good bluegill and pike success from shore with weather limiting boat activity. Bottineau, Lake Metigoshe State Park, Lake Metigoshe: Limited activity on Lake Metigoshe. Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait, Devils Lake: Continued walleye and pike success in Pelican Lake. Work shallow water with crankbaits. Try crankbaits in 10 feet at Penny Bay for white bass. Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Devils Lake: Weather permitting, anglers continue finding good walleye and pike success. Try slip bobbers and leeches or casting crankbaits in shallow water. Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Not much activity and limited reports with cold, windy weather. Foxholm, Upper Souris NWR, Lake Darling: Continued good walleye and pike success below Lake Darling Dam. The lake is fair at best for walleye and pike. Garrison, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Lakes Audubon and Sakakawea: Weather limiting activity, but when people can get on the water the eastern end of Lake Sakakawea is improving for walleye and sauger with some pike and smallmouth bass mixed in. Try variety of presentations. Lake Audubon also fair to good for walleye. Missouri River continues producing small walleye. Sort through for keepers. Move around with fish moving, too, but look for the possibility of bigger fish coming farther down river. Garrison, Indian Hills Resort, Lake Sakakawea: Limited reports but a few more anglers are getting on the water with more walleye starting to show up. Try Lindy rigs and minnows. Garrison, Six-Mile Bait & Tackle, Lakes Audubon & Sakakawea: Lake Audubon bite is starting, albeit a little sluggish, with some decent walleye mixed in with small to keeper fish. Try spinners and leeches or nightcrawlers or jigs and minnows in 5 to 15 feet. Work main lake islands or sunken humps in the bays. Missouri River remains fair to good for walleye with a mix of sizes. Fish seem to have spawned out. Try jigs and minnows. No reports from Lake Sakakawea due to weather. Harvey, Coal Mine Lake & area lakes: Coal Mine Lake and Harvey Dam fair for pike. Goose Lake fair to good for pike and walleye. Hurdsfield Lake producing walleye. Sheyenne River good for pike where access is possible. Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Continued fair to good success on the Missouri River for small walleye with improving activity around Beaver and Cattail bays. Mandaree, McKenzie Bay Marina, Lake Sakakawea: Limited activity with a few anglers finding occasional walleye in the bay. New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Weather permitting, anglers are finding more walleye. Try 17 to 24 feet using jigs or spinners and minnows. New Town, Van Hook Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Some nice walleye starting to come in with most activity around the southwest or midsection of the Arm. Try spinners and bottom bouncers with minnows in 25 to 30 feet. Continued good pike success from shore. Try smelt, Dardevle or casting spoons. Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River remains good for small walleye and trout with occasional salmon. Try 3-way swivels in the chutes, plastics or crankbaits. Work minnows or nightcrawlers with jigs or Lindy rigs down river from boats around the cable crossing coal veins or spillway channel. Small pike remain throughout the entire river. Try the campground loop, boat ramp, rocks and wing walls for walleye and pike from shore using a variety of presentations. Crankbait success from the rocks is improving at night for small walleye and trout. Lots of large cisco. Lake Sakakawea activity remains limited. Ruthville, Ruthville Store, Lake Darling & area lakes: Continued good success at Baker’s Bridge, Grano and below the dam for a mix of pike, walleye and bullheads. White Earth, White Earth Bay Trading Post, Lake Sakakawea: Limited success. Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River/area lakes: Weather limiting activity, including slower pike success in the backwaters. Missouri River continues to rise, which is also slowing activity. Lake Sakakawea water temperatures remain cool. N.D. rivers streamflow & river stage, May 30 Des Lacs River, Foxholm: River stage, 6.18 feet; streamflow, 31 CFS. Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: River stage, 0.3 feet; streamflow, 248 CFS. Missouri River, Williston: River stage, 18.46 feet. Missouri River, Stanton: River stage, 9.61 feet. Pembina River, Walhalla: River stage, 2.15 feet; streamflow, 87 CFS. Souris River, Foxholm: River stage, 6.68 feet; streamflow, 136 CFS. Souris River, Minot: River stage, 4.96 feet; streamflow, 123 CFS. Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: River stage, 8.42 feet; streamflow, 19,500 CFS. Numbers to know N.D. Game and Fish Dept., main Bismarck office: 328-6300, website: ( Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bismarck, Web site: (


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