Indian Hills Resort

Celebrating 30 years on Lake Sakakawea.

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.

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Weekly Fishing Report

  • September 14th 2018

    Here is what is happening in the area this week: Fishing tournaments are winding down on Lake Sakakawea as fall brings hunting season but Government Bay on the east end of the Big Lake is the site of one of the last events of the summer Sept. 15 and 16. Sharptail grouse and partridge season are now open so this is the time of year when sportsmen and sportswomen can hunt in the cool morning hours and fish “the Hills” in the afternoon. Don’t forget that camping and lodging is still available.

    Fishing

    *Indian Hills Resort: Fewer anglers are on the water but look for the best success farther west around Deepwater Bay in 25 to 35 feet using jigging Raps.

    *Van Hook Arm: Look for an occasional walleye but overall success is light.

    *Garrison: Anglers will want to move around to locate bait fish and walleye, trying a variety of depths. Work from the U.S. Highway 83 embankment to the west on both sides of the shore and look for a switch to minnows but bring nightcrawlers, as well.

    *Pick City: The east end of Lake Sakakawea is producing scattered walleye success using Lindy rigs with bottom bouncers and nightcrawlers. However, anglers will also want to try jigging Raps. Try 20 to 105 feet for salmon with fish definitely spread out. Work a variety of presentations with the best success around Government Bay. Look for some salmon success from shore in the evening to start soon, as well.

    *South shore: Anglers are finding that the best walleye success remains west in the midsection along the south shore. Try jigging Raps in deep water.

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                North Dakota Rivers Report, featuring Lake Sakakawea’s two major tributaries:

    *Missouri River: Garrison Dam’s average daily releases have been reduced slightly and are now running at 43,000 cubic feet per second (CFS). The elevation of Lake Sakakawea is 1,845.37 feet above mean sea level as the reservoir is lowered to provide run for next spring’s runoff.

    *Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: The streamflow average is 174 CFS.

    *Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: The Yellowstone’s river stage is 4.63 feet while flows are running 6,970 CFS.

  • August 29th 2018

    Here is what is happening in the area this week: What a pleasure it was to host the North Dakota AIM Championship Aug. 24 and 25. We hope everyone enjoyed their stay at the Hills. We’re looking forward to Labor Day weekend, as well.

    Fishing

    *Indian Hills Resort: Anglers enjoyed a good North Dakota AIM tournament with better success working west of the resort towards Shell.

    *Van Hook Arm: Anglers are looking to switch to minnows farther south in the Van Hook Arm but some success continues with nightcrawlers. Try jigging Raps around Shell Island or Independence Point with depth varying from 13 to 40 feet.

    *Garrison: Try working Lake Sakakawea’s east end humps for walleye in 20 to 50 feet but the fish are running a bit smaller, though. Anglers might also want to try deep around 40 feet in Douglas Bay. Be sure to work a variety of presentations.

    *Pick City: Try a variety of presentations for walleye in 30 feet on the east end of Lake Sakakawea. Anglers are finding fair salmon success in 80 to 100 feet using a variety of presentations - nothing consistent for pattern although most success remains north of Government Bay.  

    *South shore: Activity is light for angler numbers around the south shore. Try nightcrawlers with spinners and bottom bouncers or crankbaiting along any flats working west of the resort for walleye, though.

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                North Dakota Rivers Report, featuring Lake Sakakawea’s two major tributaries:

    *Missouri River: Garrison Dam’s average daily releases remain at 46,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) while the elevation of Lake Sakakawea continues dropping. It’s now 1,847.03 feet above mean sea level.

    *Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: The streamflow average is trickling along at 199 CFS.

    *Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: The Yellowstone’s river stage is 5.28 feet while flows are running 8,930 CFS.

  • August 22nd 2018

    Here is what is happening in the area this week: Indian Hills welcomes all of the anglers and their families and friends to the North Dakota AIM Championship Aug. 24 and 25 Fishing *Indian Hills Resort: Rules meeting is Thurday evening with a meal hosted bu Indian HIlls and proceeds going to "On the Water" for veterans. Look for a fair walleye bite in the area working 15 to 60 feet depending on the wind. Try around the beacon up to Deepwater Bay and north, as well as Medicine Point using jigging Raps or slow death hooks with nightcrawlers. When the skies are cloud coverd the fish have been shallower, 12-20. 

    *Van Hook Arm: Anglers are finding walleye are still somewhat slow in the Van Hook Arm. Try 15 to 30 feet using jigging Raps or Lindy rigs and nightcrawlers and move around. Look for a switch to minnows soon as the walleye bite inches closer to fall presentations. *Garrison: Try a variety of depths and presentations throughout the east end of Lake Sakakawea from 17 to 40 feet but overall the walleye bite is a bit tough. Move around and focus on locating baitfish with electronics in the main lake. *Pick City: The east end of Lake Sakakawea is still generally slow for walleye. Try 30 feet with Lindy rigs and nightcrawlers. Salmon, however, remain fair. Try 80 to 100 feet using a variety of presentations with a lack of any consistent pattern to their movement yet. *South shore: The walleye bite is still somewhat tough. Try slow death hooks and bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers, working shallower in 15 to 25 feet in cooler morning temperatures, deeper during the day. North Dakota Rivers Report, featuring Lake Sakakawea’s two major tributaries: *Missouri River: Garrison Dam’s average daily releases remain at 46,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) while the elevation of Lake Sakakawea 1,847.88 feet above mean sea level, a gradual decline. *Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: The streamflow average is trickling along at 49.9 CFS. *Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: The Yellowstone’s river stage is 4.69 feet while flows are running 8,020 CFS.

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