Published April 22, 2011, 08:26 AM

Dakota recreation report for April 22, 2011

Jamestown Sun

Dakota Recreation Report

April 22, 2011

Patricia Stockdill

Outdoor Notes:

May 1: Paddlefish season opens.


Devils Lake elevation, April 20: 1,452.83 feet above mean sea level (msl).

Stump Lake elevation, April 20: 1,452.45 msl.

Lake Sakakawea elevation, April 20: 1,845.1 msl; 15,000 cubic feet per second average Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. Game Wardens: Watch for open water and poor ice around bridges and areas with moving water on Devils Lake. Activity slow in large part due to weather and deteriorated ice conditions. No activity on small area lakes with poor weather, access, and open shorelines.

Coal Mine Lake, Anamoose: Roads washed out or flooded so access not recommended until situation improves.

Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: A few northern pike in the feeder creeks and channels of Devils Lake but no other activity on the lake itself.

Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Open water along the Devils Lake shoreline so ice-fishing is over for the season. Some open water shore-fishing along the channels and bridges, however.

Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Some shore-fishing success for walleye on the open water around the bridges but use caution with rapid and dangerous current.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Coulees open and producing a few northern pike but no activity on Devils Lake.

Goose Lake, Harvey: Fair to good for northern pike off roadways.

Harvey Dam/Sheyenne River, Harvey: Some northern pike success at crossings but extreme caution advised with muddy roads and shorelines.

Jamestown Reservoir, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Limited reports as lakes and rivers transition into open water fishing.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Limited activity with a few anglers going to small area lakes. The lake still has ice.

Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Lake is full and starting to lose ice with open water but it will probably be a week or so before the lake is completely open. Ramps are usable but courtesy docks won’t be in place until water levels go down.

Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Weather limiting activity, including the Missouri River.

Lake Sakakawea, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Look for some northern pike activity along the open water shorelines of Lake Sakakawea but activity remains light and limited yet. Missouri River remains slow to fair for walleye but move around using jigs and minnows or Gulp. Try the cable crossing, stumps or coal veins and be persistent. Wing walls and shore-fishing from the rocks also slowed.

Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Missouri River continues running muddy with heavy inflows, which is limiting activity. Area lakes not open enough for open water fishing.

Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Coast Guard ban on Red River use remains in effect.

Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Lake is open but reservoir is high. Look for some activity below the spillway.

Turkey hunting and light goose migration:

Light goose: Majority of birds moved out of the state with a few scattered flocks still moving through.

Turkeys: Southeastern hunters hearing more aggressive gobbler response as season progresses but flooded roads and fields continue working against hunters.

North Dakota river levels and streamflow, April 20:

Baldhill Creek, Dazey gage: Creek stage, 9.23 feet; 873 cubic feet per second (cfs).

James River, Jamestown gage: River stage, 11.52 feet; 1,740 cfs.

James River, Grace City gage: Streamflow, 2,440 cfs.

Pipestem Creek, Pingree gage: Creek stage, 9.3 feet; streamflow, 703 cfs.

Red River, Fargo gage: River stage, 3,314 feet.

Sheyenne River, Cooperstown gage: River stage, 18.28 feet; 5,320 cfs.

Sheyenne River, Valley City gage: River stage, feet.

Sharp-tailed grouse observation blinds. Call for free reservations:

Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge, Pingree, 285-3341.

J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge, Upham, 768-2548.

Lonetree WMA, Harvey, 324-2211.

Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Moffit, 387-4397.

Numbers to know:

N.D. Game & Fish Department, main Bismarck office: 328-6300; Web site: (

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

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