Published November 15, 2012, 12:01 AM

Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

- Nov. 25: Deer gun season closes.

- Nov. 26: Fisher trapping season opens.

- Nov. 26: Some major U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Nat’l. Wildlife Refuges open to late season upland hunting. Check with local refuge headquarters to see if it is open and for any special regulations, which include the use of nontoxic shot for upland birds.

- Nov. 26: Mink, muskrat, weasel hunting and archery seasons open.

- Nov. 26: Mountain lion and bobcat pursuit with dogs season opens.

- Nov. 30: Muzzleloader deer season opens.


- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District game wardens: Ice covering many southwestern lakes but unsafe for walking access. No reports from Lake Sakakawea or the Missouri River.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Limited activity with poor weather and deer and waterfowl seasons underway.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: No reports from Lake Sakakawea and area lakes.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Limited reports, although a few anglers still on the Missouri River around Fort Rice. Try jigs and minnows but areas are limited with low water.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: No activity with snow and cold temperatures. Look for ice starting to form in the back bays of Lake Audubon and Lake Sakakawea but remain unsafe for walking.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Little activity.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: No reports from the Missouri River.

- Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: No activity on Lake Sakakawea but weather permitting, Missouri River still has some walleye success jigging down river. Decent shore-fishing success from the rocks at night using crankbaits. Also try working the chutes from boat.

- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Edges icing over along the midsection of the Van Hook Arm and Lake Sakakawea and no activity.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Weather limited activity.

- Watford City, Tobacco Garden Resort, Lake Sakakawea: No activity.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River is still open around Williston with anglers finding fair to good walleye success. Area lakes starting to glaze over but conditions are unsafe for walking access.


- NDGF Department game wardens: Slow deer season opening weekend in the southwest and but look for more activity with improving weather and roads. Little deer hunting pressure in the northwest. Last weekend’s heavy snow moved waterfowl out of the midsection of Lake Sakakawea and around Williston with few, if any, remaining north of Williston. Pheasants moved into heavier woody cover and farmsteads as CRP iced over.

- Northwest North Dakota: Fair deer success but limited hunter numbers with fewer licenses. Dark geese just starting to move in but ducks and light geese moved out from the midsection of Lake Sakakawea.

- Southwest North Dakota: Weather limiting deer hunting activity but those going out are finding some nice deer. Whitetail rut activity seems to be underway. Continued good pheasant success with more predator hunters now in the field. Look for mallards and Canada geese along the open water of the Missouri River System.

- West-central North Dakota: Weather limited deer hunting activity over opening weekend. Better waterfowl success is east of the Missouri River. Continued fair pheasant success. Most snow geese moved out along the east end of Lake Sakakawea.

Numbers to know

- NDGF Department main Bismarck office: 701-328-6300; website (

- NDGF Department Dickinson office: 701-227-7431.

- Report All Poachers: 800-472-2121.

- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website: (

Patricia Stockdill