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Dakota Recreation Report

Jan. 3, 2014

Ice is never completely safe. Avoid areas with vegetation, moving water, pressure ridges, and springs. Check with local bait shops for any ice condition information.

Harassing wildlife and chasing coyotes with snowmobiles is illegal.

Remember to remove valuables from icehouses when leaving to reduce theft potential.

Register now for State Historical Society Heritage Outbound Winter Adventure, Feb. 8. Go to (history.nd.gov/events/heritageoutbound.html) for information and pre-registration.

Jan. 4: Devils Lake Christmas Bird Count. Meet at the Cedar Inn, 7:30 a.m.

Jan. 5: Archery deer, pheasant, ruffed grouse, turkey, sharp-tailed grouse, partridge, and tree squirrel seasons close.


Devils Lake elevation, Dec. 31: 1,452.28 feet above mean sea level (MSL).

Stump Lake elevation: 1,452.59 MSL.

Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,833.04 MSL; 16,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Ice is generally good on area lakes but watch for pressure ridges. Anglers targeting walleye on lakes from Barnes to LaMoure counties and scattered lakes across Logan, McIntosh, Richland, and Sargent counties are finding success in depths from 8 to 25 feet. Try buckshots tipped with a minnow head. Perch are being taken as shallow as 4 to 6 feet to start. Work out deeper if not marking fish. Try Hali’s, buckshots, flyers, or spoons. Pike mixed in with walleye and in shallower water along weed lines. Try tip-ups with smelt, buckshots, or salmo zippers. Lake Audubon fair for walleye with a few perch mixed in. Crooked Lake fair for pike and walleye. Good for small perch.

Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Casino area good for walleye in 20 to 25 feet for walleye. Work deeper for perch. Creel Bay good for a mix of species. Try 22 feet for walleye in front of the towers or 40 feet for perch. Try Stromme’s Addition or Black Tiger Bay for perch.

Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Continued good perch and pike success. Try Doc Hagen’s, the towers, Creel Bay, or Black Tiger Bay.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Continued good perch success using perch-colored buckshot rattling spoons in 40 feet with most activity in Creel Bay. Best success is early afternoon.

Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: Area lakes remain good for walleye using minnows.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Lots of activity remains on the reservoir and area lakes with fair but inconsistent perch success. Better success on sunny days.

Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Hobart Lake has lots of activity along with area perch lakes south of Valley City. Reservoir remains good, as well.

Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Somewhat slow for perch on the lake. Watch for slush in some areas. Small area lakes are doing good for perch and walleye.

Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Continued good for walleye on Lake Audubon but lots of small fish. Most of the lake is producing some activity. Try Douglas Bay on Lake Sakakawea for walleye with good pike numbers mixed in. A few anglers starting to try Centennial and Steinke bays but access is tough.

Lake Sakakawea, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Pick City: No activity on the Missouri River but anglers are finding small walleye on Lake Audubon. Try the back bays on Lake Sakakawea for pike darkhouse spearfishing.

Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Snow starting to build on area lakes. Hurdsfield and Antelope lakes fair for perch and walleye. Goose Lake good for perch and pike, fair for walleye. Harvey Dam fair for pike.

Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Lake Josephine producing walleye and perch with occasional pike. Some activity at Lake Etta. Nelson Bay on Lake Audubon remains fair for walleye and perch.

Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Not many reports.

Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Not much activity.

Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Mixed Red River success with some sauger around river confluences. Beware of thin ice below bridges and in towns.

Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Occasional bass.

Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No reports.

N.D. Parks & Recreation Dept. state parks cross-country ski trails:

Fort Ransom, Fort Ransom: Trails open and in fair condition with 6-ich base.

Grahams Island, Devils Lake: Trails open and groomed with 10- 12-inch base.

Icelandic, Cavalier: Trails open and in good condition with 4-inch base.

Lake Metigoshe, Bottineau: Bobcat, Beaver, and Coyote trails open and in good condition.

Downhill skiing:

Bears Den Mtn., Fort Ransom: Not enough snow to open yet.

Bottineau Winter Park, Bottineau: 3 runs open but snow conditions vary. Limited jumps open in Terrain Park. 4 Tubing Park runs open. 1 chair lift with 2 handle lifts.

Frostfire Ski Area, Walhalla: 12- to 18-inch base with all runs open.

Huff Hills, Mandan: 2 lifts, bunny tow, and 10 runs open with 12- to 18-inch base.

Snowmobile N.D.:

Red River North ( Pembina & Walsh counties): All trails open and groomed with 4- 5-inch base.

Sno Trails (Bottineau, McHenry, Renville, & Ward counties): Deering, Granville, Minot, Surrey, & Towner trails open and groomed with 6-inch base.

All other trails closed.

Numbers to know:

N.D. Game & Fish Department, main Bismarck office: 328-6300; website: (http://gf.nd.gov).

N.D. Game & Fish Department, Jamestown office: 253-6480.

RAP, Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website: (www.fws.gov/northdakotafieldoffice).

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