You are invited to experience Lake Sakakawea's famous Walleye, Northern Pike, Small Mouth Bass, and Salmon fishing. Maybe hunting Pheasants or Waterfowl is your game? You will find it all at Indian Hills Resort and Campground. We offer a variety of Camping and Lodging services from rustic Log Camping Cabins, Tent Camping and RV sites, to fully modern Lodging in the Condos or Arrowhead Lodge.
June 20th 2018
*Indian Hills Resort: Look for improving walleye success around Pepsi Point and Medicine Stone. Anglers will want to continue working 14 feet using spinners and bottom bouncers with leeches or nightcrawlers although minnows are still producing occasional success.
*Van Hook Arm: Continued fair to good walleye success remains throughout the Van Hook Arm and river portion of Lake Sakakawea. Try a variety of presentations with nightcrawlers or leeches working in shallow water yet.
*Garrison: Anglers are enjoying fair to good walleye success throughout much of the east end of Lake Sakakawea using a variety of presentations and bait. The key is to work in 8 to 10 feet in shallow, warm water. Move if there aren’t bites in about 20 minutes.
*Pick City: The east end of Lake Sakakawea is fair to good but a little inconsistent for walleye – possibly due to last week’s wind and Saturday’s rain. Work shallow water tossing jigs and minnows, leeches, or nightcrawlers in Douglas, deTrobriand, or Steinke bays. Look for improving success along the south shore, as well.
*South shore: Anglers are seeing some improving walleye success along the south shore with activity around Beaver Bay and the surrounding area. Try a mix of nightcrawlers or minnows with jigs although a few anglers are starting to find some success on Lindy rigs. Be sure to work the weeds.
North Dakota Rivers Report, featuring Lake Sakakawea’s two major tributaries:
*Missouri River: Garrison Dam’s average daily releases were increased this week to 52,000 CFS to help move abundant mountain runoff out of the river system. Lake Sakakawea’s elevation increased to 1,851.41 feet above mean sea level.
*Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: The streamflow average is 430 CFS with river stage at 0.50 feet.
*Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: The Yellowstone’s river stage is 13.19 feet while flows are running 51,500 CFS.
June 18th 2018
June 13th 2018
Fish kill confirmed in upper Lake Sak
A fish kill affecting adult rainbow smelt is ongoing in portions of the upper half of Lake Sakakawea, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department said recently.
The cause of the die-off has been documented in the state numerous times in the past, said Dave Fryda, Missouri River System fisheries supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
"The vast majority of the dead and dying smelt have physical signs of Columnaris bacteria," said Fryda, who mentioned dead and dying smelt have been observed from Four Bears Bridge to about the Little Missouri River Arm, including the Van Hook Arm of Lake Sakakawea. In addition, he said there likely are some in other areas.
Columnaris bacteria are present in all water bodies, and outbreaks typically occur when rapid water temperature changes occur at a time when the fish are stressed, such as after spawning.
"The smelt recently spawned in Lake Sakakawea, and were recovering from that stress when we experienced very high temperatures which boosted the water temperature in the shallow bays where the smelt spawned," Fryda said.
Smelt affected by Columnaris often develop visible skin irritations that have the appearance of fuzz or mold. Although there is no known cause for concern when in physical contact with these fish, Game and Fish suggests people leave the fish alone.
Lake Sakakawea had a similar smelt die-off in 2016, Fryda said, and in other instances in the past when the overall smelt population was very high. He said the current smelt population is the highest it's been for decades, so that is likely part of the reason the bacteria has spread over such a wide area.
The effects on the population won't be known until later this summer when fisheries crews assess the adult smelt population.
"Although the visible impression left by the dead smelt has anglers concerned, the overall impact of this year's die-off will likely be minimal," Fryda said. "With a population estimate approaching 200 million smelt in 2017, a high abundance of healthy smelt remains in the lake."