Dakota Recreation Report
Harassing wildlife and chasing coyotes with snowmobiles is illegal.
Dec. 29: Light goose, High Plains Duck Unit, swan, coot, and merganser seasons close.
Jan. 4: Devils Lake Christmas Bird Count. Meet at the Cedar Inn, 7:30 a.m.
Jan. 5: Archery deer, pheasant, ruffed grouse, turkey, sharp-tailed grouse, partridge, and tree squirrel seasons close.
Devils Lake elevation, Dec. 24: 1,452.27 feet above mean sea level (MSL).
Stump Lake elevation: 1,452.55 MSL.
Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,833.17 MSL; 16,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. game wardens: Some anglers have tried the Red River south of Fargo but ice conditions can range from open water to 9 inches in some spots. Don’t take any chances on any rivers. Pike reports best in LaMoure, Barnes, and McIntosh county area lakes but still some good fishing in Richland and Sargent counties. Try tip-ups and smelt. Some good perch and walleye reports using minnow heads in mid-range depths. Regardless of the lake, it seems patterns have been hit-and-miss. Bite typically starts right before sunrise and the hour before sunset. No reports from Lake Audubon or Devils Lake.
Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Continued good walleye success working structure in 10 to 25 feet. Try Lake Irvine, west end of the Minnewaukan Flats, Doc Hagen’s, Fort Totten, or Stromme’s Addition. Hit-and-miss perch success from Black Tiger and Hog bays, towers in the main lake, and north end of 6-Mile Bay since the cold snap.
Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Continued good walleye and perch success.
Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Cold weather slowed what was a great perch bite. Continued pike success with a morning and evening walleye bite.
Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: Fair to good success throughout most area lakes with lots of activity.
Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Hit-and-miss success on small area lakes depending on weather. Look for better perch success on sunny days. More anglers accessing the reservoir with improving ice conditions and somewhat improving success along the channel around Pelican Point.
Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Lots of perch and walleye activity on the reservoir, as well as small area lakes.
Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: More fishing activity, including darkhouse spearing, on the lake. Scattered reports from the reservoir but small perch lakes to the west are good.
Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Lake Audubon continues producing walleye but more smaller ones are showing up.
Lake Sakakawea, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Cold weather limiting activity.
Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Lake Josephine producing perch and walleye. Lake Jasper producing perch. Sibley Lake fair for walleye. Nelson Bay fair for walleye on Lake Audubon.
Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Limited reports.
Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Not many reports.
Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Walleye continue biting consistently from dusk into early evening hours in deeper areas along curves on the Red River.
Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: No reports.
Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Not many reports.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. game wardens: A few good reports from late season pheasant hunters with spotty success but still worth the effort in Richland and Sargent counties. Birds getting wilder every week, though. Try heavier cover in deeper sloughs or near windblown food, such as corn.
East-central N.D.: Little activity.
Southeast N.D.: No reports.
West-central N.D.: Limited activity with ongoing cold weather.
N.D. Parks & Recreation Dept. state parks cross-country ski trails:
Fort Ransom, Fort Ransom: Trails open and in fair condition with 6-inch base.
Grahams Island, Devils Lake: Trails open and in good condition with 10- to 12-inch base.
Icelandic, Cavalier: Trails open and in good condition with 4- to 5-inch base.
Lake Metigoshe, Bottineau: Trails open and in fair condition.
Turtle River, Arvilla: Trails open and in fair condition with 8- to 14-inch base.
Bears Den Mtn., Fort Ransom: No updates available.
Bottineau Winter Park, Bottineau: 3 runs open but snow conditions vary. Limited jumps open in Terrain Park. 4 Tubing Park runs open. 1 chair lift with 2 handle lifts.
Frostfire Ski Area, Walhalla: 90% runs open with 12- to 18-inch base.
Huff Hills, Mandan: 3 lifts and 9 runs open with 12- to 18-inch base.
Terry Peak, Lead, S.D.: 16- to 24-inch base with 19 runs and all lifts open.
Snowmobile N.D. trails:
Sno-Trail (Bottineau, McHenry, Renville, Ward counties): 5-inch base with Deering, Minot, and Surrey trails open.
All other trails 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).