Dakota Recreation Report
Jan. 4, 2013
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.
Registration is now available for winter Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops for darkhouse spearing Jan. 26 at Upper Souris Nat’l. Wildlife Refuge (NWR) or Feb. 22-24, Lake Metigoshe State Park. More information is available on the N.D. Game & Fish Dept. website, (gf.nd.gov).
Sunday: Archery deer, pheasant, partridge, sharp-tailed grouse, ruffed grouse, and squirrel seasons close.
Jan. 12: Jr. Duck Stamp Camp, Sullys Hill Nat’l. Game Preserve, Devils Lake. Call 766-4272 for information.
Jan. 13: Fall turkey season closes.
Saturday: Lake Josephine.
Jan. 19: Lake Ashtabula, Missouri River.
Devils Lake elevation, Jan. 2: 1,451.36 feet above mean sea level (MSL).
Stump Lake elevation, Jan. 2: 1,451.39 MSL.
Lake Sakakawea elevation, Jan. 2: 1,829.5 MSL; 18,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: No reports from Devils Lake. Barnes, LaMoure, Dickey and McIntosh county sloughs and small lakes continue producing perch and walleye. Try 10 to 14 feet with Swedish pimples tipped with minnows for perch and jigs and minnows for walleye. Better walleye reports are coming from Richland, Sargent and Barnes County lakes. Try shallow water - as shallow as 2 to 4 feet - with tip-ups and smelt. Golden Lake in Steele County continues producing small perch with wax worms and is a good area for children to fish during the afternoon. Red and Sheyenne rivers still have spots with open water in and around Cass County so there’s little activity. Use extreme caution. Spearing is hit-and-miss but Barnes and Stutsman County lakes generally have some clear water and active pike in shallow bays. Lake Audubon slow to fair for perch and walleye.
Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Try Black Tiger Bay, East Devils Lake, Creel Bay and in front of the dome house for perch in 30 to 45 feet using smaller jigs and minnow heads. Try working structure in Stromme’s Addition, East Bay boat ramp, Mission Bay, Pelican Lake, Golden Highway or Doc Hagen’s for walleye.
Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Continued perch, pike, and walleye success. Move around and locate fish with perch schools on the move. Work 10 to 18 feet along the humps for walleye using buckshot rattle spoons and minnows or minnow head and smelt or herring for pike. Some snow on the lake so 4-wheel-drive recommended.
Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Good walleye success with slightly slower perch activity. Try Pelican Lake or Minnewaukan Flats.
Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Continued fair to good perch, pike and walleye activity on Devils Lake. Try Creel Bay, Black Tiger Bay or western portion of East Bay for perch. Work Walford’s Bay for pike and Rocky and Military points for walleye. Also try near the casino. Try buckshots and minnows for walleye and perch and tip-ups with frozen herring for pike.
Jamestown Reservoir, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Jamestown Reservoir producing walleye with some crappie. Most activity is around Pelican Point and 5-Mile Corner using jigs and minnows. Small area lakes continue producing perch success with lots of ones to sort through before finding keepers.
Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Continued good success throughout many small area lakes with good walleye activity on Jamestown Reservoir. Access is generally good.
Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Ice conditions are generally OK but watch for occasional slush patch. Anglers continue finding some small walleye with inconsistent perch activity.
Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Lake Audubon continues producing walleye success with most activity along the east side, including Velva Point. No reports from the Missouri River. Ice on Lake Sakakawea’s east end isn’t good enough for access yet.
Lake Sakakawea, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Continued small walleye success from the Missouri River wings walls when they’re not iced in. Weather and ice conditions permitting, boats going down river are still finding walleye.
Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Coal Mine Lake fair for pike. Goose Lake continues producing walleye and perch with fair pike success. Antelope and Hurdsfield lakes fair to good for perch and walleye. Harvey Dam has little activity.
Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Some activity on area lakes but limited reports other than Lake Audubon fair walleye. Try Nelson Bay or the east corner. Moffit Creek producing pike.
Pipestem Reservoir, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Fair to good for a mix of crappie and pike.
Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Good for walleye and crappie. Access is good.
Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: A handful of southeastern anglers are finding a few pike and on the Red River but most are heading out to traditional Minn. Ottertail County lakes and southeast N.D. prairie sloughs that are providing good multi-species fishing success in recent weeks.
Spiritwood Lake, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No reports.
Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Limited activity.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Muskrat trapping increasing but fewer houses are on many southeastern wetlands compared to last year. Remember to obtain written permission when trapping on private land, including PLOTS.
Bottineau Winter Park, Bottineau: 8- to 12-inch groomed base with 8 runs, 3 lifts, and the Tubing Park open.
Frostfire Ski Area, Walhalla: Good snow conditions with 20-inch base with machine made and natural snow. All runs open.
Huff Hills Ski Area, Mandan: 12- to 20-inch powder and packed powder base and several inches new snow. 7 runs groomed and 2 chairs open.
N.D. Parks & Recreation Dept. cross-country ski trails:
Grahams Island, Devils Lake: Trails open and in fair condition with about 4 inches snow.
Icelandic, Cavalier: Trails aren’t tracked but are in good condition.
Lake Metigoshe, Bottineau: Trails open and in good condition with about 10 inches snow.
Turtle River, Cavalier: Trails open but in poor condition.
Snowmobile North Dakota:
Trails closed yet until grooming takes place.
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).