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NORTHWEST FISHERIES DISTRICT

Fred Ryckman, district fisheries supervisor, Riverdale

BURKE COUNTY

Northgate Dam (097) – 6 miles north, 1 mile west, 2 miles north, .5 miles west of Bowbells. Contains good populations of walleye, rainbow trout and bluegill. Also fair numbers of black crappie. Fairly intense recreational use. (Fishing pier).
Powers Lake (093) – Southeast side of Powers Lake. Consists entirely of northern pike, with most ranging from 2-5 pounds. Periodic winterkills greatly impact this fishery, with the most recent occurring in 2010-11. (Fishing pier).
Short Creek Dam (094) – 5.5 miles north of Columbus. Still rebounding from a near-total fish kill in July 2010. Contains fair populations of small pike and walleye, with expanding numbers of adult yellow perch and bluegill. (Fishing pier).
Smishek Lake (095) – 4 miles northwest of Powers Lake. Contains good numbers of yellow perch and bluegill. Also fair numbers of walleye and northern pike, with a few big fish of both species. Fairly intense recreational use. (Fishing pier).

DIVIDE COUNTY

Baukol-Noonan Dam (475) – 2 miles east, .5 miles south of Noonan. Primarily rainbow trout, although fair numbers of largemouth bass present. Also contains fair numbers of small yellow perch and bluegill. (Fishing pier).
Baukol-Noonan East Mine Pond (508) – 2 miles east, .5 miles south of Noonan. Primarily rainbow trout, although contains a few largemouth bass. Also holds fair numbers of small yellow perch and bluegill. Black bullheads abundant.
Skjermo Lake (126) – 3 miles west, 4 miles northwest of Fortuna. Consists entirely of a strong population of northern pike. Apparently all yellow perch were lost to summerkill in 2012, but plans are to restock with adult perch in spring 2013. (Fishing pier).

MCKENZIE COUNTY

Arnegard Dam (216) – .5 miles west, 3 miles north, 1.5 miles southwest of Arnegard. Primarily northern pike, with some larger pike present. Also holds some adult yellow perch, and an abundance of black bullheads. (Fishing pier).
Leland Dam (469) – 11 miles south, 8 miles west, 8 miles south, 2 miles southeast, 1.5 miles east, 1 mile north of Alexander. Contains good populations of bluegill and largemouth bass. Lack of public use facilities and poor access at times limit use.
Sather Dam (217) – 11 miles south, 8 miles west of Alexander. Apparently experienced a near-total fish kill during winter 2010-11. Contains good numbers of small bluegill, but largemouth bass population not yet reestablished. (Fishing pier).
Watford City Park Pond (640) – Southeast side of Watford City. Fishing opportunities reliant on annual stocking due to annual winterkills. Plans to stock with rainbow trout and adult channel catfish in spring 2013. (No ramp, fishing pier).

MOUNTRAIL COUNTY

Stanley Pond (245) – Northeast side of Stanley. Fishing opportunities limited by frequent winterkills. Plans to stock with rainbow trout and adult channel catfish in spring 2013. (Fishing pier).
Stanley Reservoir (251) – 1 mile south of Stanley. Fishing opportunities limited by frequent winterkills, the most recent during winter 2010-11. Contains good numbers of small northern pike.
White Earth Dam (249) – 6 miles north of White Earth. Consists primarily of northern pike, but also contains fair numbers of walleye and yellow perch. A few black crappie present, and also an expanding bluegill population. (Fishing pier).

RENVILLE COUNTY

Lake Darling (285) – 16 miles north, 13 miles west of Minot. Contains strong populations of northern pike, walleye and yellow perch. (Fishing pier).

WILLIAMS COUNTY

Blacktail Dam (373) – 5 miles north, 5 miles west, 1 mile north of the junction of U.S. highways 2 and 85. Contains a strong northern pike population. Also holds fair numbers of walleye, yellow perch and bluegill. Fairly intense recreational use. (Fishing pier).
Cottonwood Lake (381) – 1 mile east, .5 miles north of Alamo. Consists entirely of good numbers of small northern pike. Although yellow perch were heavily stocked in 2012, apparently few survived. (Fishing pier).East Spring Lake Pond (380) – North side of Williston. Fishing opportunities almost totally reliant on annual stocking due to frequent winterkills. Plans to stock with northern pike and adult channel catfish in spring 2013. (No ramp, fishing pier).
Epping-Springbrook Dam (374) – 1.5 miles east of Springbrook. Contains fair populations of northern pike, walleye and yellow perch. Also holds an overabundance of black bullheads. (Fishing pier).
Kettle Lake (099) – 3 miles east, 2.5 miles north of Zahl. Consists primarily of rainbow trout, brown trout and largemouth bass. Yellow perch also present, but the population is overabundant and stunted. (Fishing pier).
Kota-Ray Dam (376) – 5 miles south, .5 miles east, 2 miles south of Ray. Contains a wide variety of fish species, including walleye, rainbow trout and yellow perch, with strongest populations of largemouth bass and bluegill. Fairly intense recreational use. (Fishing pier).
Little Muddy River (393) – East edge of Williston. Highly dependent on high water levels and fish movement from upper Missouri River. Contains fair populations of northern pike and channel catfish, with many other species present. (Fishing pier).
McGregor Dam (378) – 1 mile south of McGregor. Contains good numbers of walleye, yellow perch and rainbow trout. (Fishing pier).
McLeod (Ray) Reservoir (377) – Southwest side of Ray. Contains a strong population of young walleye. Also a few adult bluegill, yellow perch and northern pike. (Fishing pier).
Tioga Dam (379) – North side of Tioga. Consists mainly of young pike, although a few older and larger pike present. Apparently limited survival of recent stockings of adult yellow perch. A few adult bluegill present. (Fishing pier).
Trenton Lake (018) – South side of Trenton. Contains a strong population of northern pike, with most ranging from 2-5 pounds. Also a good crappie population. Many other species also present. (Fishing pier).
West Spring Lake Pond (033) – North edge of Williston. Fishing opportunities limited by frequent winterkills. Fishery consists of rainbow trout stocked annually. (No ramp).

RIVERS AND LAKES

Upper Missouri River (014) – Missouri River from Williston to Montana state line. Primarily a spring and fall fishery for sauger and walleye, but increasing angling effort targeting abundant channel catfish and northern pike populations. Many other species also present.

Yellowstone River (019) – Near towns of Buford, Cartwright and Fairview. Primarily a spring and fall fishery for sauger and walleye, but increasing angling effort targeting abundant channel catfish and northern pike populations. Many other species also present. (Fishing pier).