Heart Butte Reservoir – Lake Tschida Fishing

January 31, 2009 by  

Location: Fifteen miles south of Glen Ullin North Dakota

Species: crappie, walleye, catfish, perch, white bass, pike, bluegill, large and smallmouth bass

REPORT:

Image by the USGS

Image by the USGS

Lake Tschida (Heart Butte Reservoir) is located in southwestern North Dakota approximately 15 miles south of Glen Ullin. The lake was created in 1949 when Heart Butte Dam on the Heart River was completed. The dam and reservoir are managed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for downstream flood control and irrigation. Recreation areas around the lake offer fishing, boating, camping, and swimming.

 

FISHING OPPORTUNITIES:

There are 10 boat ramps on the lake and 7 campgrounds, which offer a lot of opportunities. The most popular fishing methods are crankbaits, jigs, and spinners. Look shallow early and late in the year, as more fishing is done on the west end. As the water temperatures rise, you’ll find more fish closer to the channel in deep water, which is found on the east side towards the dam. Historically, it has been known for smaller fish but those who fish it year-round will tell a different story.

If you’re interested in more information, check out our Lake Tschida Fishing Reports.

RECENT LAKE NEWS – A fishing pier designed for wheel chair accessibility has been installed at the Heart Butte Scout Reservation along the south shoreline of Lake Tschida. The pier is supported by a cement parking pad and walkway that allows wheelchair access.

LAKE ACCESS INFORMATION

  • The reservoir has a surface area of 6,576 acres.
  • Six primitive campgrounds with wells and vault toilets are available.
  • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.
  • Bait, food, camping supplies, and gas concessions open Memorial day through Labor Day.Use of boats, canoes, etc on the refuge between Oct 1 and April 30

 

More information about services available.

Monitor Water Levels for Lake Tschida

MAP:
West Side

West Side

East Side

East Side

Click the map to access a map from the ND Game & Fish Dept.
Stocking Report (ND Game & Fish Dept.)
Species
Type
Number
Year
Northern Pike
Fingerling
245,258
2004
Northern Pike
Fingerling
300,000
2003
Northern Pike
Fingerling
314,560
2002
Northern Pike
Fingerling
300,000
2001
Northern Pike
Fingerling
199,980
2000
Northern Pike
Fingerling
300,532
1999
Walleye
Fingerling
204,500
2004
Walleye
Fingerling
200,000
2003
Walleye
Fingerling
200,000
2002
Walleye
Fingerling
199,992
2001
Walleye
Fingerling
380,220
1999
Tiger Musky
Fingerling
3,531
2004
Tiger Musky
Fingerling
2,500
2003
Tiger Musky
Fingerling
3,000
2002
Tiger Musky
Fingerling
7,933
2001
Tiger Musky
Fingerling
2,460
2000
Tiger Musky
Fingerling
2,600
1999
Gizzard Shad
Adult
149
2004

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