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Northeast Fisheries District

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NORTHEAST FISHERIES DISTRICT

Randy Hiltner, district fisheries supervisor, Devils Lake

BENSON COUNTY

Fort Totten Dam (663) – .5 miles east of Fort Totten. No recent information. (No ramp).
Gravel Pit Lake (661) – 4.5 miles west of Fort Totten. No recent information. (No ramp).
Mission Lake (662) – 5 miles south, 1.5 miles east, 2 miles south of Devils Lake. No recent information. (No ramp).
Silver Lake (058) – 1 mile west, 6 miles south, 1 mile west, 1 mile north of Churchs Ferry. Connected to Devils Lake. (No ramp).
Wood Lake (054) – 2 miles west, 1 mile south of Tokio. Perch and bluegill numerous, but small. Good numbers of bigger walleye and some large pike.

CAVALIER COUNTY

Langdon City Pond (115) – South side of Langdon. Put-and-take trout lake, with most fish caught in May. (Fishing pier).
Mount Carmel Dam (114) – 9 miles north, 2 miles east, 2 miles north of Langdon. Fair numbers of perch, with some larger fish. Walleye numbers fair, with most fish under 2 pounds. Lots of nice pike in 21- to 28-inch range. (Fishing pier).

EDDY COUNTY

Adams Lake (603) – 10 miles south of Warwick. Lots of smaller perch and a few walleye. (No ramp).
Battle Lake (136) – .5 miles south, 1.5 miles west, 1.5 miles south of Hamar. High density pike lake, with catchable, thin fish. (No ramp).
Lake Coe (652) – 10 miles south of Warwick on east side of Eddy County Road 8. Good numbers of nice walleye and lots of perch, some longer than 10 inches. (No ramp).
New Rockford Reservoir (137) – North side of New Rockford. Bluegill available, but primarily a pike fishery. (Fishing pier, no ramp).
Warsing Dam (135) – 1 mile northeast of Sheyenne. Some nice walleye, with fair numbers of pike and smaller perch. Some bluegill up to 9 inches. (Fishing pier).

FOSTER COUNTY

Dry Lake (548) – 4 miles east, 5 miles south of Carrington. Walleye numbers lower than several years ago, but still fair numbers of nice fish. Fewer perch observed. Strong young bullhead population. (No ramp).
Juanita Lake (147) – 2 miles east of Grace City. Pike and perch doing well in 2012, but a recent winterkill sharply reduced the fishery. (Fishing pier).

GRAND FORKS COUNTY

Fordville Dam (153) – 5 miles west, 1 mile north, .5 miles west, .5 miles north of Inkster. Fair numbers of larger walleye and pike, with good numbers of perch under 10 inches. Bullheads remain a management issue. (Fishing pier).
Kolding Dam (155) – 5 miles southeast, 1 mile south of Niagara on U.S. Highway 2. Managed for pike only.
Larimore Dam (154) – 2 miles northeast of Larimore. Walleye, pike, largemouth bass, perch, crappie and bluegill all provide some angling opportunities. Walleye average 18 inches. (Fishing pier).
Niagara Dam (156) – North of Niagara. Reservoir winterkills often. When a series of nice winters occur, nice sized-pike available.
Ryan Park Pond (659) – South side of Grand Forks. This small urban fishery is a good place to take a kid fishing and is stocked annually with trout. Bluegill also introduced. (Fishing pier, no ramp).

GRIGGS COUNTY

Carlson-Tande Dam (169) – 1 mile south, 5 miles west of Aneta. Offers some pike, perch and panfish fishing.
Lake Addie (596) – 4 miles east, 1 mile south, 1 mile west of Binford. Managed as a walleye and perch fishery. Walleye are nice-sized, with an average length of 18 inches. Perch numbers high, with some fish up to 12 inches.
Lake Jessie (597) – 4 miles east, 1 mile south, 1 mile west of Binford. Primarily an ice fishing lake for pike averaging about 30 inches. (No ramp).
Red Willow Lake (168) – 6 miles north, 2 miles west of Binford. Walleye, pike, perch and bluegill common. Some nice walleye available, but more pike. Bluegill common, with some up to 10 inches. Perch typically small. (Fishing pier).
Sibley Lake (435) – 11 miles west, 3 miles south of Binford. Some perch. (No ramp).

NELSON COUNTY

Lake Laretta (506) – 2 miles west and 3 miles north of Michigan. Excellent pike fishery, with high numbers of medium-sized fish, but some pushing 15 pounds. Perch that survive pike predation are large, but uncommon. (No ramp).
McVille Dam (252) – 1 mile east of McVille. Some larger walleye, largemouth
bass and pike available. Perch typically small. (Fishing pier).
Silver Creek Dam (268) – 4 miles west, .5 miles south of McVille. Small reservoir with a winter pike fishery. (No ramp).
Stump Lake (516) – 12 miles south, 1 mile west of Lakota. See separate Devils Lake Basin report. (Fishing pier).
Tolna Dam (254) – 1 mile south, 2 miles east of Tolna. Some larger walleye and good densities of pike. Perch numbers fairly low.
Whitman Dam (253) – 1.5 miles north, 3 miles east of Whitman. Perch grow to keeper-size, with some pushing 12 inches. Fair fishing for pike and walleye. Low density crappie population, with some large fish. (Fishing pier).

PEMBINA COUNTY

Renwick Dam (265) – 6 miles west, 1 mile north of Cavalier. Holds mostly pike and perch, with some crappie. Perch are numerous, but typically smaller. White sucker and bullhead abundant. (Fishing pier).

PIERCE COUNTY

Buffalo Lake (271) – 4 miles west, 1 mile south of Esmond. Winterkills often and pike fishing opportunities occur when winters are mild. (Fishing pier).
Sand Lake (270) – 4 miles north of Pleasant Lake. Good pike and perch fishery. Average size for perch has increased. Pike are common up to 5 pounds. (Fishing pier).

RAMSEY COUNTY

Cavanaugh Lake (276) – 9 miles north, 1 mile west, .5 miles north of Devils Lake. Winterkill has been a problem. Oxygen levels were very low again this winter. (No ramp).
Devils Lake (275) – Near the city of Devils Lake. See separate Devils Lake Basin report. (Fishing pier).
Fenster Lake (621) – 3 miles north, 4 miles east of Crary. Good pike population, with most fish under 5 pounds. (No ramp).
Lake Irvine (551) – 1 mile north of Churchs Ferry. See separate Devils Lake Basin report.
Morrison Lake (509) – 3 miles east, 2 miles south of Webster. Typically has good winter pike fishing until oxygen levels drop too low. Most fish are less than 5 pounds. (No ramp).
Sweetwater Lake (277) – 7 miles north, .25 miles east of Devils Lake. Low winter oxygen levels may have caused a fish kill in part of lake. (No ramp).

ROLETTE COUNTY

Belcourt Lake (300) – 2 miles north of Belcourt. No recent information.
Cain Lake (450) – 2 miles south, 9 miles west, .5 miles north of St. John. No recent information. (No ramp).
Carpenter Lake (291) – 12 miles west of St. John. Supports a good pike population, even during tough winters. Most fish less than 5 pounds.
Dion Lake (293) – 10 miles west, 2 miles north, 1 mile east of St. John. Managed for walleye. High densities of fish up to 20 inches. Perch numbers expanding from illegal stocking, most are small. (Fishing pier).
Gordon Lake (299) – 4.5 miles north, 1 mile west, .25 miles northwest of Belcourt. No recent information.
Gravel Lake (294) – 6 miles west, .5 miles north of St. John. Pike and perch fishery. Pike average about 25 inches and most perch are under 10 inches. (Fishing pier).
Hooker Lake (295) – 8 miles west of St. John. One of few rainbow trout lakes in the district. Trout are stocked annually and attain maximum size in the fall. (Fishing pier).
Island Lake (634) – 3 miles west, 2 miles south of Mylo. Supports high numbers of pike, with most fish less than 5 pounds.
Jarvis Lake (301) – .75 miles southwest, 6 miles west of St. John. No recent information. (No ramp).
Jensen Lake (290) – 9 miles west, 3 miles north of St. John. Overpopulation of stunted perch.
School Section Lake (296) – 9 miles north, 2.5 miles east of Dunseith. History of winterkill. Pike and perch available. Pike are young and most fish are less than 5 pounds. Perch mostly less than 9 inches.
Shutte Lake (298) – .5 miles east of Dunseith. Pike and perch fishery. Pike are numerous, with most fish less than 5 pounds. Perch are too abundant and mostly too small to keep. (No ramp).
Upsilon Lake (297) – 6 miles west, 1 mile north of St. John. Perch fishing good in recent years, although larger fish less common. Pike common, with some large fish. Walleye in low numbers. (Fishing pier).
Wheaton Lake (292) – 4.5 miles north, 2 miles west of Belcourt. No recent information.

STEELE COUNTY

Finley Dam (Lynch Lake) (335) – 1 mile south of Finley. Stocked regularly with pike. (No ramp).
North Golden Lake (339) – 10 miles east, 4 miles north, .5 miles west of Finley. High numbers of perch, with most less than 10 inches. Fair to good numbers of keeper pike and walleye available.
South Golden Lake (337) – 10 miles east, 3 miles north, .5 miles west of Finley. Primarily a walleye and perch fishery, with some pike and bluegill. Walleye do get large, with fish up to 8 pounds, however, the average length is about 16 inches. Some 10-inch perch. (Fishing pier).

TOWNER COUNTY

Armourdale Dam (349) – 9 miles east, 1.5 miles north of Rolla. Pike and walleye fishery comprised of mostly smaller fish. Perch numbers low. (Fishing pier).
Bisbee Dam-Big Coulee (350) – 1 mile east of Bisbee. Pike, walleye, perch, bluegill and crappie present. Some walleye and pike up to about 6 pounds. A few more perch are showing up, as well as the occasional large bluegill and crappie. (Fishing pier).

WALSH COUNTY

Bylin Dam (355) – 3 miles east, 3 miles south of Adams. Nice population of smaller pike to keep youngsters entertained. (Fishing pier).
Dougherty Dam (032) – 1 mile west of Bylin Dam. Holds some pike. (No ramp).
Homme Dam (356) – 2 miles west of Park River. Lots of smaller perch and crappie, with some nice pike and walleye. White suckers and bullheads are abundant and problematic. (Fishing pier).
Matejcek Dam (354) – 6 miles south of Lankin. Smaller walleye in decent numbers. Perch numbers appear lower, as do pike. Crappie numbers seem to have rebounded. White suckers abundant.

WELLS COUNTY

Goose Lake (608) – 3 miles north, 3 miles east, 1 mile north of Harvey. Pike have increased significantly. Walleye size is good, but numbers decreasing. Perch common. (No ramp).
Harvey Dam (368) – Southeast side of Harvey. Good pike fishery, with the occasional walleye and perch. Bullheads abundant and continue to be a problem. (Fishing pier).
Hurdsfield-Tuffy Lake (616) – 3.5 miles east of Hurdsfield. Relatively new fishery that has produced some good walleye and perch fishing. Most walleye are eater-size, with the occasional big fish. Perch present, but in low numbers, fish to 12 inches. (No ramp).
Sykeston Dam (369) – Northwest side of Sykeston. Winterkill and summerkill in recent years has decimated the fishery. Bullheads also a major problem. Pike and perch reintroduced and provide some opportunity. (Fishing pier).

RIVERS AND LAKES

Turtle River (404) – In Grand Forks County. Rainbow trout stocked twice in spring and once in fall to provide a unique riverine trout fishery. Mostly a put-and-take fishery. (No ramp).