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Dakota Recreation Report for April 11, 2014

Jamestown Sun

April 11, 2014

Patricia Stockdill

Outdoor Notes:

New fishing and furbearer licenses now due.

New boat registrations due.

April 11 & 12: N.D. Nat’l. Archery in the Schools state meet, Bismarck VFW Sports Arena.

April 12: Spring turkey season opens.

April 12: Lake McKenna Pheasants Forever banquet, Napoleon American Legion, 5 p.m.


Devils Lake elevation, April 9: 1,452.46 feet above mean sea level (MSL).

Stump Lake elevation: 1,452.6 MSL.

Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,836.51 MSL; 20,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Look for open water on area rivers with spring elevations below normal runoff conditions with pike activity near creeks and stream inlets and try Dardevles. Lower water levels could help with access and mud conditions. Lake Sakakawea fair for pike but watch deteriorating ice conditions. Lake Audubon fair but inconsistent for walleye. An occasional walleye from the chutes below Garrison Dam with a trout and salmon or two mixed in.

Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Walking access only on Devils Lake but look for activity around the bridges, Pelican Lake, and east Devils Lake.

Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Ice conditions are deteriorating. Look for open water along the shorelines.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Limited activity as ice conditions start to deteriorate. Look for pike success around open water shorelines soon. Bridges have open water so try casting for walleye from shore.

Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: Some activity on Barnes Lake but limited reports from other area lakes.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Anglers are still walking onto small area lakes with some success. However, watch ice conditions and open water along shorelines. Some walleye activity on the Missouri River south of Bismarck.

Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: A few anglers still venturing onto small area lakes but watch rapidly deteriorating ice conditions and look for open water shorelines.

Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: No activity with Lake Ashtabula with a ring of open water along the shoreline. Ice is slushy and mushy. Small area lakes also getting poor ice.

Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Ice conditions deteriorating on Lake Sakakawea and Lake Audubon. Look for open water along shorelines.

Lake Sakakawea, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Some anglers still venturing onto Lake Audubon for an afternoon and evening walleye bite with some pike mixed in. Limited perch reports. Ice conditions will start to deteriorate soon. Missouri River remains slow from both boat and shore, although a few fish are being caught. Look for open water edges on Lake Sakakawea for pike soon.

Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Look for pike activity along open waters of the Sheyenne River where access is available. Ice deteriorating on area lakes so anglers are waiting for open water.

Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Some walleye success from boat and shore at Eckroth Bottoms on the Missouri River.

Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: No reports.

Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No reports.

Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: No reports yet but Red River is open in the Wahpeton area with a few anglers starting to venture out. No reports from upriver.

Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: No activity.

Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Little activity.

Spring migration:

Arrowwood Nat’l. Wildlife Refuge, Pingree: Snow geese moved through en masse early in the week, along with smaller numbers of whitefronts. Increasing numbers of mallards also moving in, along with some scaup, and a few other ducks. Small groups of eagles, a few pelicans, and other species such as short-eared owl, great blue heron, and red-tailed hawks are moving through, as well.

North Dakota: Snow goose numbers were strongest from Sargent County and Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge and points west and north. Bird numbers in South Dakota the early part of the week indicate migration is fast but not over with, either. Without sheet water in Richland, Cass, and Trail County the snow goose migration through extreme eastern counties is virtually non-existent except for a rare stray flock. However, there is usually potential for late season trailing migrants to show up just about anywhere, so don’t be discouraged. If hunting eastern N. D. be prepared for few birds or consider looking towards the James Valley corridor and north and south. Birds moving into northeast and north-central N.D.

Numbers to know:

N.D. Game & Fish Department, main Bismarck office: 328-6300; website: (

N.D. Game & Fish Department, Jamestown office: 253-6480.

RAP, Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website: (