Dakota Recreation Report
May 3: RAP Auction, N.D. State Fair Center, Minot. Viewing begins at noon.
May 11: Spring turkey season closes.
May 3: Missouri River, Bismarck-Mandan area; Lake Elsie.
May 6: Spiritwood Lake.
May 9: Lake Oahe, MacLean Bottoms.
Devils Lake elevation, April 30: 1,452.92 feet above mean sea level (MSL).
Stump Lake elevation: 1,452.91 MSL.
Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,837.37 MSL; 25,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Recent rains increased Red, Sheyenne, and Maple river inflows as well as creating muddy shorelines to reduce access and fishing activity. Look for improving success as waters recede and banks stabilize. The best success remains along low head dams of the Sheyenne River from Ulen Dam east of Cooperstown down through the Valley City area. Also try areas around West Fargo near the Maple and Sheyenne rivers confluence. Try casting jigs with minnows or floating bobbers in slack water for eater-sized walleye. Turtle River near Arvilla was recently stocked with trout. Brewer Lake and Woodhaven Pond docks and piers are now in place. Not all lakes have docks and piers in yet, however, as work continues.
Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: Weather limiting activity on area lakes. Most area lakes are ice-free.
Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Lots of activity on the river around Ypsilanti but Jamestown Reservoir has limited activity, at best. Anglers are trying small area lakes, however.
Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Limited activity.
Lake Ashtabula, Ashtabula Crossing: Water temperatures remain cold on Lake Ashtabula with limited activity so far. Spotty on Cooperstown Dam and below Ashtabula Dam but when the bite is on, it’s good for walleye.
Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Some activity at Ashtabula Crossing from the rocks. Ice is off the lake and docks are in place.
Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Pike are in the midst of spawning and providing some good fishing opportunities on some area lakes, including Round Lake, Goose Lake, and the Sheyenne River.
Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Improving perch success.
Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No reports.
Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Good walleye bite until rains muddied up the Red River and slowed activity and success.
Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Activity remains light.
Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No reports.
Spring turkey hunting
Calling was still successful prior to the recent cold, wet weather. The peak may be here with reports that some toms and hens are not grouped as much as they were earlier.
Arrowwood Nat’l. Wildlife Refuge, Pingree: A few small flocks of light geese still moved through early in the week with good numbers of diving ducks migrating through the area. Hobart Lake and refuge lakes are ice-free. Warblers are starting to show up along with more shorebirds, including marbled godwit, avocet, and snipe along with some sandhill cranes.
Devils Lake area still has good numbers of light geese in the region.
N.D. river streamflow and stage:
Baldhill Creek, Dazey: Streamflow, 173 CFS; creek stage, 7.56 feet.
James River, Grace City: Streamflow, 320 CFS; river stage, 6.79 feet.
James River Jamestown: Streamflow, 441 CFS; river stage, 5.89 feet.
Pipestem Creek, Pingree: Streamflow, 185 CFS; creek stage, 6.47 feet.
Red River, Fargo: Streamflow, 8,100 CFS; river stage, 23.85 feet.
Sheyenne River, Cooperstown: Streamflow, 839 CFS, river stage, 12.07 feet.
Sheyenne River, Valley City: River stage, 8.88 feet.
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).