Indian Hills Resort and Campground - Garrison, North Dakota




Indian Hills Resort
7276 14th NW
Garrison, ND 58540-9601
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Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Fishing has finally picked up with reports of mostly smaller fish. Most folks are getting their limits in the a.m. and last night there was an active bite around 7 p.m. 12-22 feet on crawlers. It seems to have been good on the flats as well as east of Good Bear Bay. We are seeing several boats pre-fishing the Dakota Walleye Classic. Be sure to get your Aug. 15 “Bite Me!” applications in, which are available on our website. www.fishindianhills.com *Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on July 23 is 1,846.45 feet above mean sea level. The Hills area is fair for walleye. Try a variety of presentations but nightcrawlers or jumbo leeches are the better bait in 12 to 20 feet. Some activity is starting on the flats with bigger fish now starting to show up. *Van Hook Arm: Anglers are finding improving walleye success in shallower areas of the Van Hook Arm. Try spinners and nightcrawlers south of Fox Island in 12 to 13 feet. *Garrison: Last week’s North Dakota Governor’s Cup Fishing Derby anglers found mixed success with good numbers of eater-sized walleye on the east end of Lake Sakakawea as well as farther west. Continue working the shallows. *Pick City: Try a variety of depths on Lake Sakakawea for walleye and move around, although Douglas Bay still seems to be the best on the east end. Some success is still coming by casting jigs into the shallows and there is still some pike and smallmouth bass success from shore. Salmon are slow, however. Try downriggers in 60 to 80 feet – or deeper – locating smelt and then working an area but anglers might also want to try deep-diving crankbaits. *South shore: Fair for walleye. Try 8 to 15 feet around Beaver Bay, Little Soldier, and the general area west of the resort using Lindy rigs and bottom bouncers with minnows or crankbaits.


Date: Thursday, July 10, 2014

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*Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on July 9 is 1,845.97 feet above mean sea level. Inconsistent weather with an array of rain, heat, wind, calm waters, storms and lots of boating activity from last week and early this week are combining to create inconsistent walleye success. Move around and try a variety of depths to try to determine fish patterns. *Van Hook Arm: Somewhat improving walleye success is taking place in the Van Hook Arm. Try shallow using spinners and nightcrawlers around the north end of the Van Hook Arm. Anglers might also want to try 8-Pound Island. *Garrison: Lake Sakakawea is producing good numbers of small walleye working a variety of depths from shallow to 25 feet. Sort through for the keepers and try a variety of presentations. *Pick City: The east end of Lake Sakakawea has a tough walleye bite with inconsistent depths and presentations. Try Douglas Bay with slower success along the east end. However, look for fish to be along the points in 25 feet once water temperatures warm up. Anglers are finding slower success from shore, although a few bass, walleye, and pike are still being taken. *South shore: Improving walleye activity along the shore but a weather front moved through early in the week so success could be more inconsistent. Try working shallow west around Beaver Bay in 10 to 15 feet using nightcrawlers.


Date: Sunday, June 29, 2014

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*Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on June 25 is 1,844.18 feet above mean sea level. Anglers are finding some nice-sized walleye along with some bass and pike mixed in. Try the flats and Pepsi Point. *Van Hook Arm: The Van Hook Arm slowed, although anglers are still finding a few walleye. Move around and try a variety of depths to mark fish, which are scattered. Water temperatures aren’t warming much and the lake is rising so that’s probably contributing to the slower activity. The key is working deep, down to 35 feet, in the southern end of the Van Hook Arm. Try Fox Island. Anglers are also finding continued pike and bass success from shore in the upper end of the Arm. *Garrison: Lake Sakakawea remains fair for walleye working the east end out to Douglas Bay. Work deep into the back bays in shallow water using a variety of presentations. *Pick City: Lake Sakakawea remains strong in the bays from shore for bass and pike using a variety of presentations. However, the best walleye bite was around Douglas Bay. Move around, though, in 6 to 20 feet but anglers could also try working as deep as 40 feet. Look for more fish movement with warmer water temperatures. *South shore: There is continued walleye success around Beaver and Nishu bays. Try a variety of depths. North Dakota Rivers Report, featuring Lake Sakakawea’s two major tributaries: *Missouri River: Garrison Dam average daily discharge is 30,000 cubic feet per second (CFS). *Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: The streamflow average is 613 CFS while river stage is 0.83 feet. *Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont. gauge: The river stage is 10.16 feet with streamflow at 30,600 CFS.


Date: Thursday, September 05, 2013

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We’re winding down for the season but bait and ice are still available by the Honor System. Please bring cash to slide under the door! The Condos, Lodge and Log Cabins will be open well into the fall so if your planning a fall trip there are lots of openings this time of year. The lake is a great place to be in the fall. Upcoming events this weekend include a fishing tournament at Beulah Bay on Sept. 7. The Beulah Chamber of Commerce annual Fish Fry is Sept. 6 at Black Sands Golf Course, Beulah. Coming up on Sept. 14 is the Aw Shucks Corn Fest in Garrison’s City Park on Main Street. ` Now to a look at fishing: *Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation continues dropping for the season and is now at 1,834.5 feet above mean sea level. A few anglers are on the water, although we’re moving towards hunting season. However, it’s still not too late for some fall walleye fishing. Try 28 to 30 feet with spinners and nightcrawlers for walleye along the west slides or working closer around the beacon. Also try working deeper in 40 to 50 feet with lead core and snap weights with crankbaits. No fish are coming from shallow water. Anglers might also want to try artificial presentations. *Van Hook Arm: There is some walleye success in the Van Hook Arm in deeper water using spinners and bottom bouncers or Lindy rigs. Anglers should also try crankbaits in shallow water, 8 to 11 feet. *Garrison: Lake Sakakawea slowed on the east end. Try 9 to 30 feet for walleye using a variety of presentations on main lake points. Another trick would be to try the back bays using frogs. *Pick City: The east end of Lake Sakakawea is producing some walleye in 30 to 58 feet using spinners and bottom bouncers or Lindy rigs. Anglers are finding some salmon success along the face of the dam and Riverdale Bluffs in 65 to 85 feet over deep water. Try a variety of presentations because no single presentation is producing outstanding success. *South shore: The shout shore has somewhat improving walleye success working deep in 25 to 35 feet – or deeper - with the bait presentation switching to minnows. Try the mouth of Beaver Bay and points west. North Dakota Rivers Report, featuring Lake Sakakawea’s two major tributaries: *Missouri River: Garrison Dam average daily discharge remains at 19,000 cubic feet per second (CFS). *Little Missouri River, Trotters: The river stage is 2.06 feet. *Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: The river stage is 2.84 feet with streamflow at 2,640 CFS. Numbers and websites to know: *Indian Hills Resort: (701) 743-4122. *N.D. Game & Fish Department main Bismarck office: (701) 328-6300, website (http://gf.nd.gov). *N.D. Game & Fish Department Riverdale office: (701) 654-7475. *Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121. *Friends of Lake Sakakawea: (www.lakesakakawea.com). Kelly Sorge Indian Hills Resort 701-743-4122


Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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Upcoming events this weekend include the annual Beach Party at Fort Stevenson State Park, Garrison, on Aug. 24. And be sure to visit the Nux-Baa Gaa Powwow Aug. 23 – 25 at the Parshall powwow grounds. Now to a look at fishing: *Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation is 1,835.2 feet above mean sea level. The lake is on a slow decline, typical for this time of year. Activity remains fair for walleye around the Hills. Work deep in about 35 feet with Lindy rigs or spinners and nightcrawlers. Try Goat Island or the flats *Van Hook Arm: Try working deeper water in 25 to 30 feet with minnows around 8-Pound Flats. There is still fair walleye success but the recent heat could slow activity. *South shore: Try minnows or nightcrawlers in 35 to 40 feet on the north shore from the pump house to Nishu Bay. *Garrison: Somewhat improving walleye success on Lake Sakakawea. Work main lake points in 20 to 45 feet using a variety of presentations to get deep. *Pick City: The east end of Lake Sakakawea continues to be slow for walleye. Try 30 feet in Douglas Bay, working deeper as well, with Lindy rigs and nightcrawlers. However, there is fair smallmouth bass activity with some white bass mixed in. And it remains fair for pike, as well. Salmon anglers are finding an occasional salmon in 60 to 85 feet over deeper water along the face of the dam or Deadman’s Bay. The bite is inconsistent, however. Inconsistent shore-fishing success is taking place, as well, on the lake with a smattering of fish. North Dakota Rivers Report, featuring Lake Sakakawea’s two major tributaries: *Missouri River: Garrison Dam average daily discharges remain steady at 19,000 cubic feet per second (CFS). *Little Missouri River, Trotters: The river stage is 2.18 feet. *Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: The river stage is 3.18 feet with streamflow at 2,170 CFS. Numbers and websites to know: *Indian Hills Resort: (701) 743-4122. *N.D. Game & Fish Department main Bismarck office: (701) 328-6300, website (http://gf.nd.gov). *N.D. Game & Fish Department Riverdale office: (701) 654-7475. *Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121. *Friends of Lake Sakakawea: (www.lakesakakawea.com).


Date: Wednesday, August 07, 2013

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*Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation is 1,835.8 feet. Anglers are finding fair walleye success. Try working 25 to 30 feet west of the resort towards the beacon and Deepwater Bay using a slow jig presentation. Fish are hanging towards the bottom. The winning REC tournament weight was 24.6 pounds with 12 fish. Congratulations. *Van Hook Arm: Continued fair walleye success. Work deep with nightcrawlers in 25 to 40 feet around Shell Village, 8-Pound Island, or the upper end of the Van Hook Arm. Anglers might still want to work shallower, so try crankbaits in 12 to 14 feet. Fair to good success from shore using casting spoons for pike. Try fishing off the bottom for catfish. *Garrison: Anglers should work deeper on the east end of Lake Sakakawea in 30 to 40 feet using a variety of presentations. Try working from the east end west to Douglas and Deepwater bays. Overall walleye success is spotty. *Pick City: The east end of Lake Sakakawea remains slow for walleye. Try 28 feet with crankbaits or spinners and bottom bouncers and leeches or nightcrawlers. Salmon remain limited yet but anglers are finding continued pike success. *South shore: Walleye success slowed. Try crankbaits or heavy jigs with nightcrawlers along rocky points on the north shore. North Dakota Rivers Report, featuring Lake Sakakawea’s two major tributaries: *Missouri River: Garrison Dam average daily discharge remains at 19,000cubic feet per second (CFS). *Little Missouri River, Trotters: The river stage is 2.29 feet. *Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: The river stage is 4.45 feet with streamflow at 5,520 CFS. Numbers and websites to know: *Indian Hills Resort: (701) 743-4122. *N.D. Game & Fish Department main Bismarck office: (701) 328-6300, website (http://gf.nd.gov). *N.D. Game & Fish Department Riverdale office: (701) 654-7475. *Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121. *Friends of Lake Sakakawea: (www.lakesakakawea.com).


Date: Monday, August 05, 2013

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Fishing has changed a bit. Most are coming from 25-30 ft. Jigs have been successful as well as cranks. The REC Derby weighed in 244 lbs of fish in two days. About a 2 lb average. They had to work for them and Sundays wind didn't help! 24.6 lbs on a 12 fish total won! See the photos on our Photo Gallery


Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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Well I’m back to getting you the weekly fishing reports!! And this week Its good!! Most boat are limiting and finding some very nice walleye. One boat landed a 6, 5, 4 and 3.5 lb walleye and additional smaller ones! It doesn’t get much better then that. Check out the our facebook page, I have been trying to post pictures as often as I can. Deep water was the place to be last weekend but I don’t see any reason to travel there when the fishing is just as good here! Tuesday most were in 6-8 feet on the sand flats, minnows and crawlers. *Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation is1,832.8. The lake has been increasing, thanks to good rainfall in the region. Lake Sakakawea is fair to good for walleye around the “Hills”. Work shallow in less than 10 feet along Pepsi Flats with jigs or Lindy rigs and minnows. Anglers might also want to try crankbaits. *Van Hook Arm: Anglers are finding continued good walleye success in the Van Hook Arm. Try jigs, Lindy rigs, or spinners with leeches, nightcrawlers, or minnows from Deepwater Bay west to the Arm, working in 12 to 20 feet. The northwest part of the Van Hook Arm is also a good area to try. There is ongoing good catfish and pike success from shore using smelt or casting spoons.


Date: Monday, June 03, 2013

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We are off to a great start for 2013 despite the rainy spring, The last weekend produced several limits of walleye, a few northern pike and the bass were stealing minnows any chance they could get. Some day were better then others so it is still a bit unsteady. Shallow was the key, plainer boards and lindys. Mainly minnows and cranks. Bobcat Company is having a small derby out of Indian Hills on the 8th. Best of Luck to the all the fishermen!


Date: Thursday, August 02, 2012

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The fishing has taken a bit of a change this week with the walleye moving out to around 20ft. They are getting the numbers but don’t seem to be as many of the 20-24 inch fish coming in. Just a side note. I asked a guy just minutes ago how fishing was and he said “yesterday was the best day of fishing I have ever had, walleye, northern and bass! It was Killer.” How’s that for a report! This weekend we are hosting the REC Derby. But don’t let that scare you off, I think we will see the same number of fishermen as usual. I also need to Congratulate a couple of our seasonal campers for Winning 2nd Place in the Dakota Walleye Classic last weekend. Mike and Donny Gietzen!! Way to go guys!! The pre-fishing from Indian Hills paid off big! Bite Me Invite applications are online at www.fishindianhills.com entries open until Friday Aug 17th. Tourney is Aug 18th. *Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on Aug. 1 is 1,837.3 feet above mean sea level. Fishing around the Hills remains fair to good for small walleye with some keepers mixed in. Try spinners and nightcrawlers working any of north shore points. However, location also depends on the wind so don’t give up on the south shore. There are 5- to 10-pound pike with smallmouth bass mixed in with walleye.


Date: Saturday, July 28, 2012

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We have been having a super year for walleye. Some will tell you there are to many small ones that take your bait but they wont complain when they are all 20-24 inches in a few years. We are seeing several in that 20-24 inch range now!! West and across have been the best and you cant feed them enough worms! I have been posting photos on the Indian Hills Facebook page almost daily so go take a look. Also, Bite Me Invite Apps are online at www.fishindianhills.com Upcoming Sakakawea Country activities this weekend include lots of anglers and activity around Beulah Bay and the midsection of Lake Sakakawea with the annual Dakota Walleye Classic Fishing Derby.


Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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Good Day to you all. What a year for fishing. The bite continues to be steady. Some very nice 20-24 in. walleye in again yesterday! Cranks have been good with the majority using crawlers. Best locations are still to the west to the Beacon. 10-15 feet. The Bite Me Invite Apps will be posted ASAP. The Tourney will be help Sat. Aug 18th and everyone is welcome! Check out our facebook page for fishing photos!! *Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on July 18 is 1,837.7 feet above mean sea level. Fishing around the Hills remains fair to good for walleye with most anglers using spinners and nightcrawlers. Work the points on both sides of the lake with best success with nightcrawlers. However, leeches are producing some fish. Look for lots of 13-inch fish with some keepers mixed in.


Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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What a great year for fishing, everyone is having such good success! We are really seeing so beautiful walleye coming in, many in the 20-24 inch range, and best of all they are very healthy. There are tons of little ones out there as well so be sure you get plenty of crawlers. They have been the best. Some are cranking but it doesn’t seem to matter much what it is, they are hungry! This is the time to get the kids hooked on fishing, there is so much action they could never get bored. The northerns are crazy this year and the bass are a blast. Don’t let summer slip by, come on out. Visit our facebook page for lots of fun photos! The Bite Me Invite Apps will be on line soon!!! *Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on July 11 is 1,837.9 feet above mean sea level. Anglers continue finding good walleye success around the Hills. Try crankbaits or spinners and nightcrawlers with some leeches, as well, around the flats and areas west of the resort in 6 to 15 feet. The water is clear so it might be somewhat surprising to still find walleye success in the shallows. However, so far earlier in the week it was still working to fish shallow. Anglers are consistently seeing small fish and 20- to 24-inch fish with a gap in the mid-size range.


Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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The summer fishing is really getting a good start. We have seen some of the best stringers of fish in many years. The fish are healthy, and fat and the anglers are happy!! Hope you can join them soon. *Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on June 27 is 1,837.4 feet above mean sea level. Anglers are finding steady walleye success using spinners and nightcrawlers or leeches in 10 to 15 feet. Most activity is along the north shore and there’s been a good evening bite. Anglers are finding numbers of small fish but many are nice-sized keepers, as well. With the upcoming 4th of July holiday and good fishing, now is the time to head to the “Hills” for fun, water and fishing. Just a reminder that we are having our Annual Kids Parade July 3rd! For more info email of call me . I will send out another email shortly as well.


Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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Fishing has been pretty good so far this year, Much earlier than last year. The water is warm and the sand flats have produced a lot of fish already. Night Crawlers have been the bait of choice. 10-15 feet. Many fish in the 20-24 inch class! Very Nice!!


Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2011

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The Indian Hills bait room will remain open throughout September so be sure to stop before heading out for any late season fishing action. Call ahead for on-the-water gas available by appointment. We’re still busy at the resort as we close things down for the season but we check our voice mail messages and will work to accommodate your gas needs. *Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on Sept. 14 is 1,843 feet above mean sea level. Not many anglers have been out recently but those going are finding some nice-sized walleye – a case of better quality than quantity. Try nightcrawlers or minnows in about 15 feet. *Van Hook: Anglers are finding continued fair walleye success. Work deep in 30 feet with minnows in the southern part of the Van Hook Arm. There are fewer fish but those taken are nicer-sized. *Garrison: Better Lake Sakakawea walleye success is west of Indian Hills and farther upstream. Limited reports are coming from the east end. North Dakota Rivers Report, featuring Lake Sakakawea’s two major tributaries: *Missouri River: Garrison Dam average daily discharge is 50,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) *Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: The streamflow average is 167 CFS while river stage at the bridge is 0.03 feet. *Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont. gauge: The river stage is 6.27 feet with streamflow at 10,600 CFS. One of the last local events takes place Saturday in Beulah with the Fall Citywide Rummage Sales. Garrison hosts the North Dakota Firefighter’s Hall of Fame Banquet Sept. 24 at the Garrison City Auditorium. The event features 2011 inductees to the state’s Firefighter’s Hall of Fame. Numbers and websites to know: *Indian Hills Resort: (701) 743-4122. *N.D. Game & Fish Department main Bismarck office: (701) 328-6300, website (http://gf.nd.gov). *N.D. Game & Fish Department Riverdale office: (701) 654-7475. *Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121. *Friends of Lake Sakakawea: (www.lakesakakawea.com).


Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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The water is dropping fast and we are chasing right behind it with the docks! Sunday produced some nice fish on the flats and yesterday the nice stringer in the photo came from 5-8 feet with spinner. I think we will see some good fall fishing this year so hope you can get out after Labor Day. I will keep bait around as long as I have fishermen. The Store will be closing up but we will be here on most weekends and the bait and Ice will be available on the honor system. Just play fair and I will keep the door unlocked! We will also be keeping the condos and the Lodge open until Mid Nov. for the Hunting season. Kelly *


Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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On the hunting side of things, dove season opens Sept. 1, deer archery Sept. 2 and sharptail grouse, ruffed grouse, partridge and squirrel seasons open Sept. 10. But in the meantime, here’s the fishing outlook: *Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on Aug. 31 is 1,844.6 feet above mean sea level. The Indian Hills area remains fair for walleye in 12 to 15 feet working east around Fossil Island or west towards the beacon. Also try crankbaits along the mouth of Nishu Bay. *Van Hook: Walleye success is less consistent so try working deeper using spinners and nightcrawlers. Try the southern end of the Van Hook Arm in 35 feet. *Garrison: The east end of Lake Sakakawea is fair for walleye from the U.S. Highway 83 embankment working west to Douglas Bay. Try 10 to 30 feet using a variety of presentations but the most consistent success is still with spinners and nightcrawlers working sunken humps along main lake points and drop-offs. *Pick City: Lake Sakakawea remains slow for salmon, perhaps due to water temperatures. Try 12 to 30 feet for walleye using spinners and bottom bouncers or a slow Lindy rig presentation. *South shore: Look for continued nice-sized walleye success, although not as many fish probably in part because of fewer anglers on the water. Try Lindy rigs or spinners with nightcrawlers working west in Beaver and Nishu bays or around the intake. North Dakota Rivers Report, featuring Lake Sakakawea’s two major tributaries: *Missouri River: Garrison Dam average daily discharge is 65,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) as the Army Corps of Engineers continues reducing releases. *Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: The streamflow average is 0.34 CFS while river stage at the bridge is 303 feet. *Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont. gauge: The river stage is 6.67 feet with streamflow at 12,100 CFS.


Date: Friday, August 26, 2011

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*Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on Aug. 24 is 1,846.28 feet above mean sea level. The Indian Hills area is seeing nice numbers of walleye in the 4-pound range and bigger with fish scattered throughout the area around the resort. Move around using Lindy rigs with nightcrawlers in 15 to 20 feet. The 20 teams fishing last week’s Bite Me! Tournament caught an impressive 76 fish totaling 194 pounds, a nice total for each team’s five-fish limit. *Van Hook: Most activity remains south in the Van Hook Arm around the slides or Shell Village. Try 8 to 20 feet using Lindy rigs and nightcrawlers. *Garrison: Lake Sakakawea slowed somewhat for walleye. Work a variety of depths from shallow down to 40 feet hitting main lake points and drop-offs. *Pick City: Lake Sakakawea is producing some walleye in 18 to 22 feet using a slow Lindy rig presentation with nightcrawlers or crankbaits in deeper water. Better success seems to be farther west of Pick City. Salmon are still slow but try 65 to 85 feet using flashers and squids or herring. Another technique to try would crankbaits in 30 feet in the morning. *South shore: Anglers are enjoying continued good walleye success in 12 to 18 feet using spinners or Lindy rigs with nightcrawlers. Try Renner, Beaver or Nishu bays along with the White Shield intake. Some northern pike are mixed in with the walleye. North Dakota Rivers Report, featuring Lake Sakakawea’s two major tributaries: *Missouri River: Garrison Dam average daily discharge is 80,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) *Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: The streamflow average is 0.44 CFS while river stage at the bridge is 347 feet. *Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont. gauge: The river stage is 7.25 feet with streamflow at 14,300 CFS.


Date: Sunday, August 07, 2011

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The REC guys got off to a rainy start but ended with a great evening of Steaks and beers! Oh, and the fishing was pretty good as well. There was a tie for Biggest st 4.3 and the average was around 3lbs per fish. They can weigh 6 and 16lbs is leading it going into day two


Date: Thursday, July 28, 2011

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Crazy Daze takes over Hazen’s Main Street Thursday so enjoy bargains, food, and family activities before heading across the lake to Indian Hills Resort. The resort is proud to host the annual North Dakota Rural Electric Cooperative fishing tournament Aug. 6 and 7, so welcome to those coming from throughout the state. Aug. 6 marks Day 1 of the annual CANDISC, Cycling Around North Dakota in Sakakawea Country, as riders depart Fort Stevenson State Park south of Garrison. This year’s 389-mile ride, nicknamed “Pedal the Pioneer Trail” takes bicyclists through McClusky, Wing, Napoleon, Strasburg, Bismarck and Washburn before returning to Fort Stevenson Aug. 13. Bite Me! Tournament applications are now available. You’ll find them on the Indian Hills website. *Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on July 27 is 1,852.7 feet above mean sea level. The lake is slowly dropping in elevation from its near record summer elevation earlier in July. Most walleye activity remains around Deepwater Bay and west of the resort towards the beacon. Look for fish to move around more and try working deeper using leeches. *Van Hook: Weather fronts are creating inconsistent walleye success in the Arm but good numbers of anglers are on the water. Try 20 to 27 feet with spinners. *Garrison: Most walleye success remains shallow in the weeds and trees in the back bays on the east end of Lake Sakakawea. Try a variety of fast presentations. The key is to work fast but experiment with a variety of presentations. If walleye aren’t biting, it’s a good bet another fish of some type, including northern pike, bass or perch. *Pick City: The east end of Lake Sakakawea is producing a few walleye around 10 feet along the north shore but bigger fish seem to be hanging in the weeds and aren’t biting with any consistency. Try jigging in the weeds for a different presentation this time of year. However, the better bite seems to be from Nishu Bay to the west up into the Van Hook Arm. Try spinners with bottom bouncers and leeches or nightcrawlers. Anglers are finding some salmon activity along the face of the dam longlining with deeper-running crankbaits in 50 feet. *South shore: Some walleye success using crankbaits in 3 to 6 feet or 12 to 18 feet with Lindy rigs or spinners and nightcrawlers working west of the resort. North Dakota Rivers Report, featuring Lake Sakakawea’s two major tributaries: *Missouri River: Garrison Dam average daily discharge is 115,000 cubic feet per second (CFS), which is a reduction from last week. *Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: The streamflow average is 0.88 CFS while river stage at the bridge is 316 feet. *Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont. gauge: The river stage is 11.87 feet with streamflow at 37,600 CFS, continuing to decline after the mountain snowpack melt is over.


Date: Thursday, July 14, 2011

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We are still waiting for the big bite to start! Not sure what is changing the pattern of the walleye. Traditionally we see the walleye start here just a week or so after the bite up north but this year it just has not been very strong. The Game and Fish guys were out last week test netting and they told me there are some really nice fish out there but they are scattered, McKenzie Bay had a good concentration as well as Deep Water. The age classes we are going to see in the next few years are growing and are very healthy. If I get a report from them I will send it on. Most boats headed to Parshall this week and had good success. The ones we seen here were few but 20-24 in was not uncommon. At the bottom of the report I have posted the local Derby's going on in case you want to stay out of those areas etc. Kelly Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on July 13 is 1,854 feet above mean sea level. Anglers are starting to see more walleye activity. Try working east of the resort using nightcrawlers. *Van Hook: Anglers are finding continued walleye success, wind permitting. Try nightcrawlers or leeches in 10 to 15 feet with spinners along with jigging or crankbaits. Most activity remains in the northern end of the Van Hook Arm. *Garrison: Anglers are pretty tight-lipped about fishing this week, although there is word that Lake Sakakawea is fair for walleye on the east end. Work shallow down to 13 feet. *Pick City: Like elsewhere along the east end, limited reports from Lake Sakakawea are coming in this week. However, try a slow presentation in 8 to 10 feet in the weeds. Anglers are finding a few salmon along the face of the dam. Try longlinging. *South shore: The walleye bite has definitely started with fish coming from the 13 to 18 feet range around Nishu and Beaver bays. Don’t forget to try farther west, as well. Spinners and nightcrawlers are garnering most angler’s interest. Perch, northern pike and smallmouth bass are mixed in with the walleye. North Dakota Rivers Report, featuring Lake Sakakawea’s two major tributaries: *Missouri River: Garrison Dam average daily discharge is 135,000 cubic feet per second (CFS). Releases are gradually being reduced so there’s good news for downstream flood conditions. *Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: The streamflow average is 455 CFS while river stage at the bridge is 1.19 feet. *Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont. gauge: The river stage is 15.94 feet with streamflow at 64,700 CFS. The river is also dropping.


Date: Thursday, July 07, 2011

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A nice mix of walleye and sauger came in over the weekend with the best success in the early morning around goat island in 10 feet or less. One couple had their limit and were back for breakfast by 9!! Not everyone had such great luck but we did see most boats landing 3-5 fish. Parshall and New Town are still doing great but be ready to fight the crowds. Our area of the lake will be relativly quiet as the Friends of Parshall Bay host a derby as well as the prefishing the Governers Cup will keep the east end hoppin'. I still think we are a few weeks behind with water temps but as the temps are hitting the 70 degree mark that should spark some action.!! Campsites are filling fast so give us a call if your headed out! *Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on July 6 is 1,854.4 feet above mean sea level. Some nice walleye are starting to come in with anglers working shallow water using nightcrawlers. Work around the islands but so far, there hasn’t been much of a pattern developing yet. Anglers are also finding a few sauger mixed in. *Van Hook: The Van Hook Arm continues producing walleye. Try crankbaits or jigs and minnows or nightcrawlers in 8 to 12 feet around the upper end of the Van Hook Arm. *Garrison: Anglers are finding improving walleye success working shallow from 3 to 6 feet on the east end of Lake Sakakawea. Work the back bays, as well as west around Parshall Bay or the Van Hook Arm. *Pick City: The east end of Lake Sakakawea is producing a few walleye along the south shore with more northern pike, perch and bass success. Look for a breakthrough in success soon as water temperatures continue warming. Try shallow in 6 feet in the bays, pitching jigs towards shore. Also try working 14 to 20 feet with Lindy rigs or spinners using a slow presentation. Salmon anglers might want to try the face of the dam using crankbaits or flashers and squids. *South shore: Walleye success is improving. Spinners with nightcrawlers or minnows seem to be the most popular although no one presentation is producing the best. Most activity is west around Beaver or Renner bays. There is a lot of shore-fishing, too, with both boats and shore producing a mix of species. Try variety of depths from 4 to 20 feet. North Dakota Rivers Report, featuring Lake Sakakawea’s two major tributaries: *Missouri River: Garrison Dam average daily discharge is 140,000 cubic feet per second (CFS). That’s a slight reduction of 10,000 CFS from releases in mid- and late June. *Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: The streamflow average is 1.3 CFS while river stage at the bridge is 508 feet. *Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont. gauge: The river stage is 18.02 feet with streamflow at 80,700 CFS, which is an increase in recent days. Whats going on! Muscle cars and more highlight the annual Classic Car and Motorcycle Show in New Town Saturday. Come out and check out all the great things on wheels. In addition, the Mandaree Powwow runs Friday through Sunday. Saturday is a busy day on the lake - look for the Friends of Parshall Bay fishing tournament on Saturday as well as the Coal Creek employee tournament at Wolf Creek and a tournament based out of Sakakawea State Park near Pick city that same day. On Monday, July 11 members of the 91st Missile Wing with the Minot Air Force Base head to Brendle’s Bay for a tournament. For people planning further ahead, July 15 and 16 is the North Dakota Governor’s Cup Walleye Derby at Fort Stevenson State Park near Garrison. The N.D. Junior Governor’s Cup takes place July 16 at the park, as well.


Date: Thursday, June 30, 2011

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Great news! There is a strong bite at Van Hook and Parshall so that means that we should see the fishing pick up here very soon. A limited number of boats were out of Indian Hills this week but with the 4th with bring many more fishermen. 10 feet with spinners and crawlers has been the trick up north according to Van Hook Guide Service. So try that in the bays and grassy areas. Have a great Holiday! Kelly


Date: Wednesday, June 08, 2011

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*Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on June 8 is 1,853.4 feet above mean sea level, which is steady from earlier in the week. Look for elevations to creep up, however, as inflows from Montana’s Fort Peck Dam enter the lake. A few more anglers have been on the water with some sauger success in the back bays. Water temperatures are starting to warm up so that should start to bring out even more anglers with the anticipation of more fish being taken in the coming weeks. *Van Hook: Water temperatures are finally starting to warm up and as a result, more anglers are now getting out so a few more walleye are starting to show up in the Van Hook Arm. As much as anything, anglers are working to learn to the new lake structure as the big lake enters unchartered territory in terms of high elevations. Fish remain in the shallower, warmer water. Try spinners with nightcrawlers or jigs and minnows. A mix of catfish, northern pike, and white bass are also being taken in the Arm. *Garrison: Fishing is still pretty quiet on the east end of Lake Sakakawea yet, although water temperatures are finally starting to warm up. *Pick City: Lake Sakakawea is producing northern pike along the east end south shore in the back bays from both boat and shore. Some walleye success is finally starting to show up – not big numbers but at least a few fish are coming as more boats get on the water. Try 6 to 10 feet pitching jigs towards the shoreline and pulling them back towards the boat. North Dakota Rivers Report, featuring Lake Sakakawea’s two major tributaries: *Missouri River: Garrison Dam average daily discharge is 130,000 cubic feet per second (CFS). Releases will be increased in the coming days. *Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: The streamflow average is 3,490 CFS while river stage at the bridge is 4.59 feet. *Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont. gauge: The river stage is 14.31 feet with streamflow at 53,200 CFS. Numbers and Web sites to know: *Indian Hills Resort: (701) 743-4122. *N.D. Game & Fish Department main Bismarck office: (701) 328-6300, Web site (http://gf.nd.gov). *N.D. Game & Fish Department Riverdale office: (701) 654-7475. *Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121. *Friends of Lake Sakakawea: (www.lakesakakawea.com).


Date: Sunday, May 29, 2011

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Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on May 25 is 1,850.4 feet above mean sea level. The cool, wet spring continues to limit fishing activity yet but the boat dock is in place and the resort fully opens Friday for the season. Look for weekly fishing updates and, again, welcome back. *Van Hook: Activity remains light in the Van Hook Arm with only an occasional walleye starting to show up. However, there is continued northern pike and catfish success from shore. *Garrison: Fishing activity remains light at best yet on the east end of Lake Sakakawea. *Pick City: The east end of Lake Sakakawea remains fair for northern pike using smelt or herring. Anglers might also want to try casting crankbaits as water temperatures warm up. North Dakota Rivers Report, featuring Lake Sakakawea’s two major tributaries. A word of caution, though – the Missouri River System is nearing record inflows and tributary flows are changing rapidly. River conditions can be dangerous: *Missouri River: Garrison Dam average daily discharge is 70,000 cubic feet per second (CFS). *Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: The streamflow average is 21,000 CFS. *Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont. gauge: The river stage is 21.51 feet with streamflow at 162,000 CFS.


Date: Sunday, May 29, 2011

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Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on May 25 is 1,850.4 feet above mean sea level. The cool, wet spring continues to limit fishing activity yet but the boat dock is in place and the resort fully opens Friday for the season. Look for weekly fishing updates and, again, welcome back. *Van Hook: Activity remains light in the Van Hook Arm with only an occasional walleye starting to show up. However, there is continued northern pike and catfish success from shore. *Garrison: Fishing activity remains light at best yet on the east end of Lake Sakakawea. *Pick City: The east end of Lake Sakakawea remains fair for northern pike using smelt or herring. Anglers might also want to try casting crankbaits as water temperatures warm up. North Dakota Rivers Report, featuring Lake Sakakawea’s two major tributaries. A word of caution, though – the Missouri River System is nearing record inflows and tributary flows are changing rapidly. River conditions can be dangerous: *Missouri River: Garrison Dam average daily discharge is 70,000 cubic feet per second (CFS). *Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: The streamflow average is 21,000 CFS. *Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont. gauge: The river stage is 21.51 feet with streamflow at 162,000 CFS.


Date: Friday, April 22, 2011

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The lake is on the rise already!! I can't believe it. The lake is already at 1845 ele. To follow the rise view the link on our site under fishing and lake reports. Corp projected 1844 at the end of April. It rose 2 feet in March and ended at 1840.5 2.2 feet higher then a year ago. It could be an intersting spring!!


Date: Thursday, April 14, 2011

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Spring is really trying to arrive but it just hasn't! The water is starting to open up around the shore so for the northern pike fishermen that is good news. Last year our area of the lake has ice off on April 15. According to Byrons records the 09 was April 28th, 08 April 15, 07 the 17th, and 06 April 11. What is your guess!! Email me with your guess on when you think the ice will be off the big lake!!!


Date: Thursday, September 16, 2010

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Not to many fishermen out this time of year. I expect to have a few more around if the weather gets better. The walleye are deep and some have started using jigs. My well is down, so until it's fixed we will not have minnows. I will have crawlers while they last as well as Ice. We are going to keep the cabins open until the end of Oct. so if you want to come and do a little fishing and hunting that would be great! Kelly *Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on Sept. 8 was 1,849.3 feet above mean sea level. With hunting season underway, school activities, and harvest, reports have been limited with fewer anglers on the water. Those going out are working deep in 40 to 50 feet using heavy jigs. *Van Hook: Likewise, fewer anglers are on the water farther west in the Van Hook Arm so reports are also limited. *Garrison: Things have been fairly quiet in terms of the number of anglers on the east end of Lake Sakakawea. Those anglers going out are finding spotty walleye success.


Date: Friday, September 10, 2010

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Thanks for a great summer everyone. I think there will be some good fall fishing as well. There were not any limits last weekend but there were some nice looking walleye coming in. The numbers just have not been the greatest but the weights and overall heath of the fish are amazing. There is a Bright future for the lake! The walleye are moving out deep again and in talking to Rick at Van Hook, they are seeing the same thing. We hope you can get out and enjoy the fall fishing. I will have bait available as long as I can. If you have been here early or late you know the drill. The honor system works great when we are not around to help you out. That is why I tell people " Indian Hills has the best customers anyone could ask for." Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on Sept. 8 was 1,849.8 feet above mean sea level. Wind and rain curtailed fishing activity somewhat over the Labor Day weekend and there aren’t many reports coming in with the recent cooler weather. However, those going are finding some scattered walleye in 35 feet and deeper. *South shore: Angler numbers are slowing down but those going are finding continued fair to good walleye success depending on the weather. Work 20 to 30 feet with spinners or Lindy rigs with nightcrawlers. Most activity remains west along both shores depending on the wind.


Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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Fishing has been steady. There are not as many limits coming in and the weather had much to do about that. The fish were in 30+ feet a week ago but have since moved back to the 16-20 ft range again. We seen some nice fish over the weekend and they are averaging about 2.5 lbs. The walleye have had a great year of growth on they are really looking great. It's hard to believe they could recover so quickly. The fall fishing should be outstanding this year. The water is slowly starting to cool down. Temps are on the upper 60's in the bays and the points.


Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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Last Fridays rain dumped 2.5 inches on us, but the weekend really turned out to be fantastic. I few more storms rolled through and kept the fishermen searching for the fish. The north side has been good from the flats to the west point. Crank baits have been landing some fish while crawlers and spinners seem to get most of the action. One fishermen reported that while crainking, if he slowed down and let the crank come up he would get a bite. The same was true while taking off as well. The vertical drop and rise was catching their eye. He came in with a mess off great fish. The last two big tourneys on the lake really showed the health and growth of our fish with the weigh in's much better then the past years. I think we are going to see some amazing fishing in the next few years. For now keep fishing the points and don't count out the back bays for some larger, harder to catch fish. If you find one there are more so fishing out the area has worked well. Bite Me Invite Apps are posted on our website at www.fishindiandhills.com Sat. Aug 21st.


Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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Its been a great week at the lake. The fish are starting to bite and we had a fantastic weekend of weather. Everyone got out and I think almost all the boats brought in fish. The early birds used worms and hauled in their catch by 9-11 AM. It seemed to be an AM bite and still on the south side. Not everyone had limits but many did. We are seeing several in the the 16-19 inch range and one two person limit had 3 that measured 21 inches. Nice fish! Surprisingly we had two whopper small mouth bass come in. They both weighted over 3 lbs and one is going on the wall. Depths ranged from 16-20 ft. for most people and the majority are using worms on lindys and spinners. One boat was determined to use jigs and he finally gave in to spinners to take some fish home! Have a great week. I will be getting the Bite Me Tournament applications on our website soon. The date is Sat. Aug 21st. Hope you can join us. OH Yes, Thanks to Doug Wiesman of Bismarck and his friend for towing me and my brother John across the lake when my jet ski quit!!! What a ride. Thanks Doug and company! *Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on July 14 was 1,849.65 feet above mean sea level. The area enjoys continued improving walleye success. Try working along the south shore using night crawlers or minnows. *South shore: There’s been continued good walleye success. Try Lindy rigs or spinners with night crawlers or leeches in 13 to 18 or as shallow as 6 to 8 feet. The fish are healthy and nice-looking. Areas to try include the points and flats around Renner and Beaver bays, as well the inlet between them. *Van Hook: The Van Hook Arm is fair to good for walleye along the east shore or Little Field Bay working in the trees in 8 to 12 feet. Also try the sunken islands in 20 to 25 feet using spinners or Lindy rigs with night crawlers. *Garrison: The east end of Lake Sakakawea is improving for walleye working as far west as Douglas Bay. Try spinners with leeches or night crawlers in 3 to 16 feet. *Pick City: Lake Sakakawea is finally starting to see improving walleye success on the east end working 6 to 28 feet. Try Lindy rigs with night crawlers or leeches in 6 to 10 feet. Work deeper with spinners and bottom bouncers or crank baits outside of the tree lines. There’s been decent numbers of fish with overall encouraging success. . North Dakota Rivers Report, featuring Lake Sakakawea’s two major tributaries: *Missouri River: Garrison Dam average daily discharge remains at 14,000 cubic feet per second (cuffs) *Little Missouri River, Long I Bridge: The stream flow average is 721 cuffs; while river stage at the bridge is 1.64 feet. *Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: Stream flow is 22,000 cuffs while river stage is 8.63 feet, which is less than what it’s been in recent days.


Date: Monday, June 07, 2010

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The water temps are in the upper to mid 50's in the bays. We have not had many boats out this week. There are a few today so I am hopeful they will have good news when they come in. I talked to Rick from Van hook and they are just now starting to bit a little. I did hear of a few smaller ones that the fishermen threw back! Just to cold I guess. We had a successful meet and greet with the Corp and the Friends of Lake Sakakawea. The Colonel talked about his duties and there was some great Q an A. I will try to get some photos on my facebookpage. Have a good weekend. *Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on June 2 was 1,841.2 feet above mean sea level. The lake continues its typical June rise. Activity remains light throughout much of the lake with somewhat slow walleye success. However, anglers are finding an occasional salmon in 15 feet and small northern pike from shore


Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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HI all. Not much action from our ramp yet, but the campground and cabins are ready. The new shower house is near completion! I suppose you could take a cold one by now!!! It will be ready for business by Memorial Weekend for sure. Hope to see you then. Become a Fan on Facebook and see what we have been up to. *Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on May 19 was 1,839.4 feet above mean sea level. The lake is holding steady with a gradual rise in elevation. We’re delighted to be open for the summer and now all that’s needed is for water temperatures to warm up along with the warmer weather to entice the fish to be more active. So far this spring, they’ve been tight-lipped and elusive but that should change as water temperatures warm. *South shore: The south side of the lake doesn’t have much activity, in large part because of windy conditions. *Van Hook: Some anglers are starting to work the Van Hook Arm and finding an occasional northern pike from both boat and shore but the walleye are evasive so far. The Trails have had little use so far but the Bikers that were out last weekend had a great time and said it was in good condition. The cattle had packed it down in places and that was perfered to the loamy areas with no travel! Come on out and help us burn it in again!!!!


Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2010

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*Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on May 12 was 1,839.3 feet above mean sea level, generally a stable to slowly rising elevation over the course of the past few weeks. The courtesy docks are in place at the resort and things are shaping up for a good summer. Activity is still a little light, though; in large because the water remains on the cool side and the weather hasn’t been much for spring-like conditions. We’ll have bait soon so stay posted and think fishing. *Van Hook: A few anglers have been out in the Van Hook Arm but they’re also reporting limited success. *Garrison: Reports remain light from the north shore along the east end of Lake Sakakawea. A few anglers are finding an occasional walleye, though, but the theme is similar to that from Indian Hills – the water needs to warm up. *Pick City: The south side is reporting a limited northern pike bite with light fishing pressure. Try the back bays where there’s warmer water using smelt or herring on the bottom. Look for more activity with better weather. . North Dakota Rivers Report, featuring Lake Sakakawea’s two major tributaries: *Missouri River: Garrison Dam average daily discharge is 13,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) *Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: The streamflow average is 1,550 cfs while river stage at the bridge is 3.15 feet. *Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: Streamflow is 9,300 cfs while river stage is 5.62 feet


Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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Lake Sakakawea is ready for you. The ice is off. Last year the ice didn’t go out until April 28th according to Byron Holtan. Byron put the courtesy dock in yesterday so the boat ramp is also ready. The lake level is on the rise. As of today it is at elevation 1838.9 and expected to keep rising. That is some 13-14 feet higher than last year at this time. I believe the Corp is expecting approximately 1845 this summer. 2009 topped out at 1842. Campers, we still have a limited number of seasonal sites remaining for the 2010 season. The season runs from May 15-Oct 15th. Give me a call and reserve your site today. 701-743-4122 Scheels Fish Tent April 29-May 1st. We are planning to attend the show located in the Scheels parking lot. It should be a great time. I will be looking for volunteers to help me man the booth. If you are interested in hanging out and visiting with other campers and fishermen let me know! Have a great day! Kelly


Date: Saturday, August 22, 2009

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2009 Bite Me Invite Payouts 28 teams $1400.00-10% For Game and Fish = $1260.00 in cash pray outs! Biggest Walleye $50.00 3.4 Lbs 1st Place $350.00 Jim Helsene & Rob Baier 9.4 Lbs. 2nd Place $290.00 Tom and Terri Beaton 8.9 Lbs. 3rd Place $230.00 Mike and Donnie Gietzen 8.0 Lbs. 4th Place $170.00 John and Robyn Bartollotto 7.7 Lbs. 5th Place $108.00 Jeff Brennen and Doug Ridge 6.8 Lbs. 6th Place $60.00 Mike and Dana Rivinius 6.3 Lbs


Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2009

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Some good limits came out of less then 35 feet for the 1st time in a while. The warm weather seemed to help. We have not had any storms ( thunder and Lightning ) for a while so that is sure to help. Wednesday we only had a few boats out. One boat landed 7 and the others I did not see come in. Sorry!! The north side was good to the west for the most part and some nice 24 and 23 inch walleye came from goat island. The Bite Me Tourney is looking to have about 20 -25 teams. Yes you can still get in. I posted the registration day for the 15th but there are lots of folks still wanting in so we will keep it open until Friday the 21st. I just have to have some idea of how many to prepare for. If you are in the tourney stop in Friday are pick up a flier that will let you know how we will run the flights etc. Believe it or not this is the 1st year we will run the tourney out of our main ramp! Hope to see you then. Kelly *Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on Aug. 19 was 1,842.6 feet above mean sea level. Some walleye limits are starting to show up. Try working the north shore of the big lake to the east of the resort in 15 to 20 feet using nightcrawlers. *South shore: Not many anglers have been out lately with the approaching new school year so reports have been limited in recent days. *Van Hook: There haven’t been many anglers out but those going are finding some walleye working shallow. Try jigs and minnows with slip bobbers in 7 to 8 feet in the trees. Overall, though, the activity has been limited. *Garrison: The east end of Lake Sakakawea remains fair for walleye – weather permitting - using Lindy rigs in 30 to 40 feet working the edges of sunken humps with a slow presentation. Try the mouth of Douglas Bay.


Date: Thursday, August 06, 2009

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The REC had their 16th Annual tourney at the Hills last weekend. Everyone had a great time and we seen a few new faces, that always fun. Some boats had good luck and some struggled again. The fish are just still scattered. The photos are on our gallery and there is a shot of the winner board so you can see the weights and numbers. Some nice fish came in, mainly in the 1 1/2 lb range. Some one not in the tourney weighed up a 4.5 lber. 18-23 feet with live bait, mainly crawlers. South side was good earlier but by Sunday the north side picked up. We are getting apps in for the Bite Me Invite! Get yours in soon, and remember there is a steak supper that night at the picnic shelter. It's a great way to spend the weekend! If you have questions let me know! Eastern Sakakawea Recreation Report Aug. 5, 2009 Patricia Stockdill Welcome to a fun feature on the Indian Hills Web site, the Eastern Sakakawea Recreation Report. Check out what’s happening on the Big Lake, lake elevation, Garrison Dam releases, and inflows from Missouri River System tributaries – and fishing, of course – all in one easy location. Applications for the Aug. 22 Bite Me fishing tournament are available from the Indian Hills Resort Web site, (www.fishindianhills.com). They’re due Aug. 15 so sign up early to be guaranteed a spot in the tournament: *Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on Aug. 5 was 1,842.2 feet above mean sea level. The lake is holding steady but with runoff slowing down it’s likely time for the big water to start its typical summer drop in elevation. Anglers are having to work for their walleye but those taken are averaging almost 2 pounds. There’s been more activity on the north shore in recent days. Try live bait in 18 to 23 feet around Goat Island. . *South shore: There aren’t a lot of anglers on the water but those going out are finding fair to good walleye success. Try 20 to 30 feet using Lindy rigs or spinners and nightcrawlers around Beaver, Red Butte or Little Soldier bays. While most anglers aren’t targeting smallmouth bass, they’re getting a few mixed in as they as they fish for walleye. *Van Hook: The Van Hook Arm is fair to good for walleye with the fish moving shallower in 18 to 26 feet around Joe’s Bar, Lonetree, and Fox Island. Try Lindy rigs with nightcrawlers or jigs with minnows. *Garrison: The east end of Lake Sakakawea remains slow for walleye but what success there is, is coming from 30 to 40 feet. *Pick City: The south shore along the east end of Lake Sakakawea continues to be spotty for walleye. Move around because the fish aren’t schooling. Once you locate them, stay on them. Anglers are graphing fish but there isn’t much of a bite. Try working points and bays in 5 to 50 feet. Salmon appear to be spread out so try trolling shallow along the face of the dam with crankbaits. . North Dakota Rivers Report, featuring Lake Sakakawea’s two major tributaries: *Missouri River: Garrison Dam average daily discharge remains at 16,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) *Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: The streamflow average is 203 cfs while river stage at the bridge is 1.68 feet. *Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: Streamflow is 11,000 cfs while river stage is 6.19 feet


Date: Friday, July 31, 2009

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Weather today is a little soggy! But as soon as the sun shines again I am sure the boats will be back out. It's been tough but there are fish to be had. The wind has been consistent out of the NW for some time now so all the fishing has been on the south side. Some boats are landing limits and some some still trying to figure it out. The fish are in no less then 20 ft. and mainly hitting crawlers. One person commented that he has not caught as many fish this year as last but he has caught better fish. That is good news to me. The REC Tourney is back for the 16th year! Good luck guys and welcome back. I post the results from that Tourney Monday. Appox. 20 teams. AN just a reminder the Bite ME Tourney apps are posted on our home page www.fishindianhills.com. We also have a new facebook page so you can look us up and Become a Fan!! Kelly *Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on July 29 was 1,842.3 feet above mean sea level. Walleye anglers are starting to see some better, more consistent success in 28 to 35 feet working the south side with good numbers of small fish to bode well for coming years. *South shore: The south shore is seeing improving walleye success in 20 to 30 feet using Lindy rigs with nightcrawlers or minnows. Be sure to try spinners, as well. Anglers continue finding an occasional northern pike and smallmouth bass. *Van Hook: Anglers are finding improving walleye activity in the Van Hook Arm. Work deep using spinners and bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers but try Lindy rigs, too. *Garrison: The east end of Lake Sakakawea remains slow and spotty for walleye. Work a variety of depths. *Pick City: Lake Sakakawea is fair but inconsistent for small walleye. Try 5 feet in the trees working deep, down to 70 feet, although the best success might be along the points concentrating in about 35 feet. The water is clear. There hasn’t been much size to the walleye with most fish running in the 14- to 16-inch range. Look for an occasional salmon in 70 to 110 feet using herring or flashers and squids along the face of the dam. . North Dakota Rivers Report, featuring Lake Sakakawea’s two major tributaries: *Missouri River: Garrison Dam average daily discharge is 16,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). Releases remain steady throughout the summer. *Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: The streamflow average is 203 cfs while river stage at the bridge is 1.68 feet. *Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: Streamflow is 12,400 cfs while river stage is 6.58 feet Numbers and Web sites to know: *Indian Hills Resort: (701) 743-4122.


Date: Friday, July 24, 2009

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94 degrees, that was the temp on the gauge in my car!! It's usually pretty close! Two days of hot weather and maybe now that will get the walleye active. There are fish coming in, some boats are doing well and some are having a tough time finding them. Wednesday a boat brought in their limit of 20 so that is great news. Two boats that just came in had 20 and one was 7.13 oz, they tried to release it but had to keep it. The lake was calm until about 3:30 then the wind came up a little and the fishing picked up. For those that lasted that long in the heat it paid off. The mornings have been better for most and they are still using lindys and crawlers, & leeches are just starting. Most are fishing deep, around 28-30 feet on the south side. Several boats are coming down from the east, prefishing the DWC tourney. I guess they know we have all the good fish!!! Good luck to all of them! The lake is now 18 feet higher than last year at this time. *Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on July 22 was 1,842.1 feet above mean sea level. Walleye success is fair but spotty along the flats. Try nightcrawlers or leeches in 20 feet and deeper. *South shore: There’s been some walleye activity along the south shore but anglers have to move around and work for fish. The depths vary from 18 to 35 feet. Try Lindy rigs with nightcrawlers as well as spinners around Red Butte, Beaver, and Little Soldier bays *Van Hook: The Van Hook Arm is still somewhat slow for walleye. Work deep around 8-Pound and Joe’s Bar. *Garrison: The east end of Lake Sakakawea remains spotty for walleye. Try a variety of depths from 7 to 45 feet and presentations and move around. Overall, though, walleye success remains limited. *Pick City: The east end of Lake Sakakawea has scattered walleye activity but it’s very inconsistent. Work a variety of depths with a variety of presentations. Look for an improving salmon bite in early August, although current success is generally slow.


Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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Things are looking better for the fishermen! On Sunday some boats got into so nice schools of walleye. Others still struggled but it seemed like the ones that caught were fishing out a spot and then having to move and find another. The walleye have moved onto the flats, Pepsi and west. The weather again has played into the success as well. The main bait has been crawlers on a plain lindy and a bead or two. Everyone has caught some fish even with the wind and rain. We got off easy with under a half inch of rain, but the wind has been relentless. I look for a great weekend of fishing so come on out. The weekends sites are pretty full but the weekdays are open. We can now reach the courtesy dock with the gas hose and we are still working on getting the gas pump on the new docks.


Date: Thursday, July 09, 2009

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The 4th of July weekend was great! The fishing could have been better but I think everyone was thankful for a weekend of good weather. There are some nice healthy fish coming in, just not as many as expected this time of year. Everthing is late this summer. Even the Juneberrys are not ripe! That should tell us something. The water is still cold and the fish coming out of 14 ft are like popciles! One report was that the walleye that were caught at Parshall are were not as healthy as the ones landed here. Crawlers are the bait of choice and it seems to range from 14- 30+ feet. The bigger ones are coming from the deeper water. Larry from Engerlin caught 5 this AM in 28 feet!


Date: Monday, June 15, 2009

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The Bobcat Derby ran Sat and Sun out of Indian Hills. They could fish anywhere on the lake and had to check in by 4-5pm Sat and 1 pm Sun. They found some fish and lots of sunburns!! Everyone had a great time from the looks of it. This is the link to the photos I uploaded to our site. http://www.indianhillsfun.smugmug.com/ Some of the boats trailered up north and some stayed in the area. The bigger fish seemed to come from up north near New Town but by Sunday there were some good numbers of smaller fish starting to come in. Keith Thornby and friends went out to Pepsi flats and found 8 small ones from 4-7pm. 18-20 feet. Kelly


Date: Monday, June 08, 2009

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Just a few articals that you might like to read. The water was 1833.9 on Sat. Fishing is very slow with the rain but this weekend we will host the Bobcat Derby and with a little luck and some warmer weather I think we will start seeing the water warm up and the walleye become active. 57 degrees sounds like a key water temp for that! Stay warm. Kelly Copy and past into your browser. Water in Lake Sakakawea continues to rise And the river shall rise Full navigation season possible on Mo. River Water Management Monthly News Release


Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2009

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Eastern Sakakawea Recreation Report May 20, 2008 Welcome to the second season of the Eastern Sakakawea Recreation Report, a fun feature on the Indian Hills Web site. Check out what’s happening on the Big Lake, its elevation, Garrison Dam releases, and inflows from Missouri River System tributaries – and fishing, of course – all in one easy location: *Indian Hills Resort: Lake Sakakawea’s elevation on May 20 was 1,831.3 feet above mean sea level. The courtesy dock in place and with higher lake levels we’re able to use our main ramp again. There’s been some activity but walleye success is limited so far, probably because water temperatures remain somewhat cool and the water is muddy yet. *South shore: Across the water, the south shore is also fairly quiet for angling activity. *Van Hook: The Arm has some northern pike shore-fishing activity. Boat fishing is still somewhat limited but those venturing out are finding an occasional walleye in 5 to 10 feet where the water is warmer. *Garrison: There hasn’t been much activity on the east end yet for walleye but look for more anglers and more success with warmer water and air temperatures. *Pick City: Salmon anglers continue finding some fish along the face of the dam. Be sure to try a variety of techniques. . North Dakota Rivers Report, featuring Lake Sakakawea’s two major tributaries: *Missouri River: Garrison Dam average daily discharge is 16,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). *Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: The streamflow average is 653 cfs while river stage at the bridge is 2.73 feet. *Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: Streamflow is 14,200 cfs while river stage is 7.02 feet Numbers and Web sites to know: *Indian Hills Resort: (701) 743-4122. *N.D. Game & Fish Department main Bismarck office: (701) 328-6300, Web site (http://gf.nd.gov). *N.D. Game & Fish Department Riverdale office: (701) 654-7475. *Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121. *Friends of Lake Sakakawea: (www.lakesakakawea.com


Date: Monday, May 18, 2009

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Good day to everyone! We had a good weekend at the lake. Not much to speak of for fish, the water is muddy on both sides. There are so many things to be excited about this spring that catching fish may be the last. Just getting the boats in the water on the main ramp and spending the day on the lake was enought for most. It was wonderful to see the boats going out of our bay for the 1st time in almost 6 years. It's going to be a great summer!!!


Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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Spring is finally here and we are getting ready for another great summer. You won’t believe the water levels. We have water in the bay and the courtesy dock is in and ready for you. I will be getting bait in Thursday and filling shelves from now until the official opening Friday 22nd. The campground now has the water turned on as of Sunday thanks to Byron and Dale. Showers will be ready for weekend. We had a few boats out last weekend but I did not get the chance to talk to them as they were chased off the lake by a storm. So sorry, pretty weak fishing report!! I wanted to get the word out that I have a couple of seasonal sites that opened up at the last minute. They rent for $1250.00 May 15-Oct 15 please contact ASAP if you are interested. 701-743-4122 Have a great week, Kelly


Date: Thursday, April 23, 2009

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It's been a long time since we have have a courtesy dock in front of the store at Indian Hills but as of Tues we installed the dock and it is ready for fishermen! As of Wednesday there was substantial ice on the main lake but the bay is wide open. I will plan on having bait the week of May 14th. We only get the water on about that time but your welcome to come out and fish. There should be some big northerns stalking the bays by now. We are looking forward to a great year with gas on the water and overnight docks. This year will be the 1st year for our new dock system. We will be able to accommodate large boats and small. There are slips up to 32 ft. If you are interested in docking at Indian Hills please let me know. I will be renting out the small fishing dock size docks as well. Again please contact me if you are interested. I can't say how many we will have in for sure. That will be determined by the water levels. First come first serve! Also it looks as though I may have a couple of seasonal site open as of today. Please contact me via phone at 391-8710 These will fill very quickly. It's great to have such good news for once!!! Have a great day. Kelly


Date: Friday, September 30, 2005

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Finally a good REPORT, or should I say GREAT. The walleye seem to be hungry again!! Greg Schonic is a local guide on Sakakawea, headed of to Deepwater Bay area Thursday with some customers. Their day turned out to be fantastic! They did get a little wind whipped in the 15-25 mph wind that always seems to feel more like 30-40. But it paid off with the release of 3 over 5lbs and one 7.2 lb walleye. Not to mention the 5 gallon bucket of 2-4 ponders. I guess I didnt count them but I will say 10 for sure. Ill try to get some photos from Greg posted! They were in 25 feet running crank baits. The walleye all seem to be in very good shape, which is a good sign going into the winter months. Our boat ramp is still in good working condition, so take advantage of this Indian Summer while it lasts. Kelly


Date: Friday, August 26, 2005

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Fishing has slowed down a bit here. I had heard of the shut off at the Van Hook area and also at the Deepwater area. Now we started to see it too. The weather has been very windy so not many have braved the waves, and with school starting the nunber of fisherman has dropped dramaticly. We have been spoiled all summer with some of the greatest fishing in years. Now we are going to work for them.Crawlwers and lidy's are still good in 30-50 feet. When the water starts to cool the walleye will start the feeding agin, it my be just around the corner. September is a good time to land the larger fish so don't put away the poles yet! Til next time. Kelly


Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2005

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There are still plenty of walleyes to be caught this summer! With the recent windy days we have been experiencing, the fish have been spread out into various depths. Crawlers and leeches are still working great, but crank baiting has its benefits also. Another reminder, this weekend we will be hosting the Bite Me Invite (Saturday, August 20). For those interested call us at the office or go to our webpage under the Fishing and Lake Reports link and you will find additional information. Spots are limited so register now!


Date: Tuesday, August 09, 2005

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Greetings from Indian Hills Resort! With the summer moving on in to August and the water temperature heating up onto the 70s the fish are moving deeper. We are still seeing excellent fishing for this time of year. Crawlers and leeches are working great, but anglers must get them down in to 30 feet plus water. The best places to find them are on steep drop-offs and islands in bellow the 30 ft. range. The walleyes seem to be most active in the morning after about 9:00 am CST and throughout the evening. A big thanks goes out to the gentlemen of REC. They had a great weekend of fishing and we are looking forward to seeing them in the future.


Date: Monday, July 25, 2005

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Walleye fishing continues to be strong this past week. Aside from some weather fronts moving through the bite has showed most of its strength in the morning. Anglers are finding fish out front of Indian Hills at Pepsi Point in the flats and also reports of great fishing around Beacon Point and the Deepwater Bay area. Walleyes can be found in 15 to 25 feet with crawlers and leeches producing most of the catch.


Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2005

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The fishing has been solid around Indian Hills this past week. Crawlers are the favorite choice of bait among anglers. Walleyes are hitting around 17 to 25 feet, depending on the location on the lake. Weve been hearing more reports of fisherman catching nice fish by crank baiting. Pepsi Point still has a good morning bite and in the afternoon rocky points seems to hold most of the fish.


Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2005

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If you havent been up to the big lake to fish yet youre missing some of the best fishing the lake has had to offer in a while. Its defiantly a better year then the last. Our water levels have risen from 1806 in the spring to 1817 currently. We are now using the 2004 boat ramp and access is good. Fishing seems to be very steady, and the numbers are good. Most boats are in by mid morning if they have had an early start. Evenings have proven to be good also with some large walleye coming in. The larger numbers of fish are coming off of the sand flats, lots of smaller ones, and the larger ones are a bit more scattered. Last night a couple spent a few evening hours out east of Tollys point and picked up two 4s an 5 and several small ones. I will send the photo also. Dont make any more excuses, get up to the lake and enjoy it while it lasts. Its a great time to take the non-fisherman out and show them a good time. Until next time, have a great week. Kelly


Date: Tuesday, July 05, 2005

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Pepsi Point and the flats outside of Good Bear Bay have produced steady numbers of walleyes. Red Butte Bay has also produced fish on the west outside part of the bay. Leeches and crawlers with a green or yellow hook seem to work the best. The fish are found a a variety of depts, even as deep as 25 ft.


Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2005

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The fishing has been hot here at Indian Hills. Most of the walleyes are caught at Pepsi Point on the flats. Large fish, in the 5-8 pound range, have been abundant. A red hook with crawlers and leeches are doing the trick. The fish can be found in 7 to 13 feet, depending on the weather and time of day. We did have a large thunder storm here last night which may have affected the bite. Nothing has been repoted corresponding to the storm's affect on fishing.


Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2005

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The nice weather on Friday the 17th has warmed the surface temp to 65-68 degrees and a little warmer in the bays. The warmth that we have had flipped the switch for the walleyes and saugers. They are catching them in 8 to 13 feet of water using lindy rigs and minnows. Crawlers are also starting to work great. Green seems to be the color of choice on sunny days and red on the cloudy days. Last years ramp is the only ramp usable right known because the water has came up so much. It is in great shape with two docks out to tie the boat to.


Date: Saturday, June 11, 2005

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Fishing the mid section of the lake really picked up this weekend. Friday and Saturday mornings produced some great size walleye and finally some numbers. All the boats seem to be bringing in fish, some more then others. 13 feet was a popular depth using minnows. Dont forget about the great small mouth bass the lake produces. One boat landed several that were within the catch and release category. Surface water temps were in ten low 60s Until next time. Good Fishin Kelly


Date: Tuesday, June 07, 2005

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The walleye season is getting an average start in the central section of the lake. Water temps are still in the low 50s on both sides of the lake, and 54-56 degrees in the bays. The walleyes are being taken out of 5-10 feet on minnows and some saugers are coming from 25-30 feet. The Newly constructed boat ramp is nearly under water due to raising water levels. As of June 6th the corp. gave us the go ahead to start using the 2004 ramp. It will easily launch 16-20 foot boats.


Date: Thursday, May 26, 2005

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As of 5/25/05 we officially have a boat ramp open for launching. There is 6-7 feet of water at its end, and can be extended if needed. The bait shop is also open with gas, minnows crawlers and leeches .The Lake has raised about a foot in the last week. We will take all we can get! A report from fisherman on the south side in the Red Butte area, noted that they were finding nice sized walleye in 20 feet of water with a gig and a minnow. Fishing is said to be fantastic this year so get out and find out for yourselves.



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