Published November 29, 2012, 12:00 AM

Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

- Ice is never completely safe. Avoid areas with vegetation, moving water, pressure ridges and springs and check with local bait shops for any ice condition information.

- Friday: Deer muzzleloader season opens.

- Saturday: Future of Hunting in North Dakota conference, Bismarck, Doublewood Inn.

- Saturday: Darkhouse spearfishing season opens.

- Saturday: Sportsmen’s Swap Meet, Dakota Tackle parking lot, Bismarck.

- Sunday: Statewide duck and white-front goose seasons close.

- Dec. 8: High Plain Duck Unit opens.


- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District game wardens: No reports from southwestern lakes.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: No reports from the Missouri River tailrace.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Indian Creek Dam producing nice numbers of perch. Look for sauger using jigs and minnows on Lake Sakakawea at Tobacco Garden. Earlier in the week, the Mossett Bay ramp was still open and anglers were finding walleye in 30 to 50 feet but access conditions could likely change at any time.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Some open water fishing activity on the Missouri River south of Bismarck-Mandan around Sugarloaf and Graner’s Bottoms. Try pitching jigs and minnows and working deeper breaks in the low water levels. Missouri River tailrace has steady walleye success. Try floating Rapalas at night or casting along the boat launch and chutes. Some walk-on ice activity at Tobacco Garden on Lake Sakakawea.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Lake Audubon starting to crust over. No recent reports but some anglers venturing out on the open water on the east end of Lake Sakakawea, weather permitting, and finding some walleye, pike and smallmouth bass.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: A few anglers starting to walk onto Lake Tschida with some walleye success.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Limited ice fishing activity yet on small area lakes.

- Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Continued walleye success on the Missouri River tailrace but limited angler numbers. Try jigs and minnows from boats or crankbaits from shore. No Lake Sakakawea reports.

- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Midsection of Lake Sakakawea and Van Hook Arm iced over but no walk-on ice fishing activity.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Trenton Lake and Kota-Ray Dam producing a few perch. Walk-on access only yet. Some anglers also walking onto Lake Sakakawea around Tobacco Garden Lund’s with a few walleye being taken.


- NDGF Department game wardens: No reports from southwest North Dakota Lots of geese around the east end of Lake Sakakawea but remember duck season closes Sunday. Some pockets of pheasants in west-central and central North Dakota with good numbers but birds aren’t spread throughout wide areas. Look for fair muzzleloader deer success.

- Northwest North Dakota: A few big Canada geese remain in the midsection of Lake Sakakawea but ducks moved out. Fair pheasant success.

- Southwest North Dakota: Lots of pheasant and coyote hunting activity yet. Mixed overall deer reports. Look for similar muzzleloader success.

- West-central North Dakota: Continued good goose success along the Missouri River and eastern end of Lake Sakakawea. Pheasant success slowing somewhat with birds quite spooky.

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