Oct. 26, 2012
Saturday: Dickey County Pheasants Forever (PF) banquet, Fireside Restaurant & Lounge, Ellendale.
Tuesday: Dove season closes.
Nov. 3: Dry Lake Pheasants Forever banquet, Ashley American Legion, 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 5: Woodcock season closes.
Nov. 9: Deer gun season opens.
Devils Lake elevation, Oct. 24: 1,451.49 feet above mean sea level (msl).
Stump Lake elevation, Oct. 24: 1,451.55 msl.
Lake Sakakawea elevation, Oct. 24: 1,832 msl; 20,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Look for catchable trout with fish now released into the Turtle River at Turtle River State, Mooreton Pond, Richland County, and North Woodhaven, Cass County. No reports from Devils Lake. Spotty walleye success on the Missouri River and Lake Sakakawea. Limited activity around the midsection.
Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Fair to good for walleye. Try trolling with crankbaits in Pelican Lake or jigs and minnows at the bridges or structured areas.
Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Weather limiting activity.
Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Spotty walleye success.
Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Limited activity but those going out are finding some nicer-sized walleye.
Jamestown Reservoir, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Not much activity.
Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Limited reports but look for a fall bite on small area lakes.
Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Improving walleye success on Lake Audubon. Try the east end embankment along the culverts in the morning. East end of Lake Sakakawea improving for walleye, pike and variety of species. Look for success along the east end embankment.
Lake Sakakawea, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Continued meager salmon bite from shore on Lake Sakakawea but good numbers in the bays. Try Mepps spinners, spoons, salmon eggs or nightcrawlers. Occasional walleye from the lake. Try 30 feet but move around. Overall limited walleye angler activity, but try Steinke or Douglas bays. Missouri River continues producing success. Try jigs or spinners with minnows or nightcrawlers. Chutes continue producing trout, salmon and walleye with a few catfish mixed in. Try 3-way swivels. Wing walls starting to show some small walleye success. Fair to good for walleye using spinners and bottom bouncers on Lake Audubon.
Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Overall limited angling activity, although those going to Antelope Lake are finding good walleye and perch success. Goose Lake fair to good for walleye and pike. Hurdsfield Lake producing walleye.
Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Some walleye activity on the Missouri River. Try Cherry Lake, Eckroth Bottoms or Moffit Creek for pike using herring or smelt. Missouri River tailrace remains OK for walleye. Limited salmon reports from Lake Sakakawea or the tailrace.
Pipestem Reservoir, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Limited reports.
Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: No new reports.
Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Better rough fish success than other species around the Fargo bridge embankment. Patient anglers can find some walleye success in the Wahpeton area.
Spiritwood Lake, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No new reports.
Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Not much activity.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept.: Pheasant hunters finding a few birds in Richland, Sargent and Dickey counties. Try working CRP and heavy grass next to shelterbelts, cattail sloughs and harvested field edges. Barnes, LaMoure and Cass counties have scattered and spotty bird numbers. Be prepared for lots of walking and bring your dog. Up and down local duck and goose numbers with weather changes. Look for any remaining teal to leave soon. A mix of waterfowl from Dickey, Sargent and Ransom counties up into LaMoure, Barnes, Griggs and Steele counties. The key to success is locate water. No reports from northeastern or north-central N.D. Bow hunters are finding more deer movement in early morning and evening dusk hours. Pre-rut doesn’t appear to have kicked in yet. Look for continued increasing deer activity with colder weather and shorter days. A few more waterfowl moving in along the north side of Lake Sakakawea’s east end. Fair pheasant success around the midsection of Lake Sakakawea with a few more waterfowl starting to stack up on area wetlands. Lots of pheasant activity with good success in southwest N.D.
Arrowwood NWR, Pingree: Good mallard numbers moving into northeast N.D. but no snow goose reports. Refuge is holding about 1,500 Canada geese, an increase over the past week, with some Cacklers moving in. Limited snow geese in the area but swan numbers are increasing. Duck numbers dropped on the refuge with puddle ducks – including mallards – leading the numbers. Teal moving out but some pintails moving in. Diving duck numbers dropped, including fewer ruddy ducks and canvasbacks. A few scattered scaup, redheads and ring-necked ducks. Corn harvest nearly complete.
Lonetree WMA, Harvey: Fair to good upland success but cover and therefore success is spotty. Good numbers of new waterfowl moved in over the past weekend. Look for success as long as weather holds birds in the area.
North-central N.D.: Lots of waterfowl moved through over the past weekend but fair duck numbers remain in the area. Wetlands are still open but colder weather could start smaller wetlands to start icing over.
Sand Lake, NWR, S.D.: Duck numbers increased significantly with increases in mallards, gadwalls, pintails, ruddy ducks and canvasbacks. Snow geese on the refuge are equally divided between Mud Lake and Sand Lake. Most swans are using Mud Lake. Quite a few flocks of white-fronted geese in the area. Most corn harvest is completed.
West-central N.D.: A few more Canada geese moving in with good duck numbers yet. Some cranes and swans in the area around the east end of Lake Sakakawea. Fair to good pheasant success.
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).