Dakota Recreation Report
Jan. 25, 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 the Feb. 9 Outbound Winter Adventures, Fort Clark State Historic Site and Knife River Indian Villages Nat’l. Historic Site. Call the State Historical Society of N.D. for information and registration, (701) 328-2792, email Erik Holland, email@example.com, or register at (history.nd.gov/events/heritageoutbound.html).
Feb. 2: Minn-Dak Big Game Rocky Mtn. Elk Foundation (RMEF), Fargo.
Feb. 9: Bois De Sioux Big Game (RMEF) banquet, Wahpeton.
Feb. 9: Sullys Hill National Game Preserve 9th Annual Winter Festival.
Saturday: Devils Lake; 6-Mile Bay, Bader Lake.
Feb. 9: Mundt Lake.
Feb. 16: Jamestown Reservoir, Lake LaMoure, Ashtabula Crossing.
Devils Lake elevation, Jan. 23: 1,451.39 feet above mean sea level (MSL).
Stump Lake elevation, Jan. 23: 1,451.42 MSL.
Lake Sakakawea elevation, Jan. 23: 1,828.7 MSL; 23,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Wind and snow reduced access on some area lakes with best access using snowmobile, 4-wheelers or walking. Be sure to respect private property if creating new access point on some lakes. Fishing success is up-and-down with most success on pike across south-central lakes in Richland, Sargent, Dickey, and LaMoure counties. Try smelt and tip-ups – even hot dogs - on edges of drop-offs or in mid-range bays in about 6 to 10 feet. A little panfish and perch activity in Cass County lakes and up to Golden Lake in Traill County. Most perch are small with best success just before sunset with jigs and wax worms. It’s good action for kids and some keepers are mixed in. Try 20 to 30 feet. Weather permitting, anglers continue finding walleye success on Devils Lake. Try 10 to 25 feet for walleye and 20 to 50 feet for perch.
Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Weather limiting activity and those going out are finding a January lull for walleye and perch.
Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Fewer anglers on the ice but those going are still finding fair walleye success. Some perch in scattered areas. Lake Irvine continues producing walleye.
Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Cold weather and wind limited activity and reports.
Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Try traditional and popular areas but perch success slowed. Continued fair walleye success with good pike activity.
Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Continued fair to good walleye success on the reservoir. Some nice-sized crappie mixed in, as well. Perch success on small area lakes.
Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Light activity.
Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Continued perch and walleye success with more anglers on the ice. Move around. Some pike success farther north. Access remains good throughout the lake.
Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: East end of Lake Sakakawea fair for pike along Steinke and Centennial bays. Look for mixed pike and walleye success from Douglas Bay. Lake Audubon fair for walleye along East Totten Trail and along the U.S. Highway 83 embankment.
Lake Sakakawea, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Missouri River wing walls continue producing small walleye, weather permitting. Recent cold weather shut down boat fishing.
Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Overall fishing is in a bit of a January lull, although Coal Mine Lake is fair for pike. Antelope and Hurdsfield lakes fair for walleye and perch. Goose Lake fair for walleye, pike, and perch.
Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Pipestem and Jamestown reservoirs fair for walleye and crappie. Most activity on Lake Audubon is around Nelson Bay or northeast corner for walleye. Occasional keeper perch. Beaver Bay on Lake Oahe slow although some activity around the mouth of the bay.
Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Continued fair to good crappie success with a few walleye mixed in. Look for some pike, as well.
Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Limited reports.
Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Improving fishing prior to cold front with a few more icehouses near the Red River headwaters area.
Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Light activity.
Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Not much activity.
Bears Den Mtn., Fort Ransom: Some snow-making but ski area remains closed.
Bottineau Winter Park, Bottineau: 8- to 12-inch groomed base with all runs, lifts and Tubing Park open.
Buena Vista Ski Area, Bemidji, Minn.: 26- to 40-inch machine groomed base with 11 runs, Terrain Park, and Tubing Park open.
Frostfire Ski Area, Walhalla: 5 inches of new snow with 20- to 25-inch base. All runs and lifts open. Open Thursday through Sunday.
Huff Hills, Mandan: 12- to 20-inch base with 7 runs and 2 lifts open.
N.D. Parks & Recreation Dept. cross-country ski trails:
Fort Ransom, Fort Ransom: Only a couple of inches of snow on the ground with conditions better for hiking than skiing.
Grahams Island, Devils Lake: Trails open and in good condition with about 10 inches of snow.
Icelandic, Cavalier: Nature Preserve Trail in poor condition. Campground Trail in fair condition.
Lake Metigoshe, Bottineau: Trails open and in good condition with nearly 2 feet of snow.
Turtle River, Arvilla: Trails open but in poor condition.
Snowmobile North Dakota:
Lake Region, Ramsey & Benson counties: Trails 2 & 3 open. 3- to 6-inch base. Snow conditions permitting, Trail 1 could be groomed soon.
North-central, Pierce & Towner counties: Rugby Loop open, including Rush Lake, Red Lake, Sand Slough, Jordan Lake, Gun Lake, & Midway Lake. 3- to 6-inch base.
Northeast, Walsh, Pembina & Cavalier counties: Border, Nekoma Trailblazers, Sandhills, Neche, & Pembina trails open. East side of Tri-County trail open & Moonlight Gorge Trail open to Border Trail. 3- to 6-inch base.
Peace Garden, Bottineau & Rolette counties: Trails 1, 2, 4, & 5 open and groomed. 3- to 6-inch base.
Other trails remain 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).