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Dakota Recreation Report for April 4, 2014

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Jamestown Sun

April 4, 2014

Patricia Stockdill

Outdoor Notes:

New fishing and furbearer licenses now due.

April 4: Woodworth Ducks Unlimited banquet, Woodworth High School, 6 p.m.

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April 5: Ransom County Pheasants Forever (PF) banquet, Lisbon Eagles, 5 p.m.

April 8: N.D. Game & Fish Dept. spring advisory board meeting, Lake Region Community College, Devils Lake, 7 p.m.

April 8: N.D. Game & Fish Dept. spring advisory board meeting, VFW, Valley City, 7 p.m.

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

April 12: Spring turkey season opens.

April 12: Free bluebird and tree swallow workshop, 7 p.m., Game & Fish Dept. Bismarck office.

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

Fishing:

Devils Lake elevation, April 2: 1,452.38 feet above mean sea level (MSL).

Stump Lake elevation: 1,452.54 MSL.

Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,835.89 MSL; 16,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Mixed results from northeastern lakes with Stump Lake and Devils Lake producing the most consistent perch and walleye success. Red and Sheyenne rivers have varying ice conditions ranging from open water to sagging ice from reservoir drawdowns. Best pike, perch, and walleye reports prior to the storm continue coming from small lakes in Richland, Sargent, and LaMoure counties, as well as Barnes County lakes. Try plain hook and jig or Swedish pimples tipped with minnows or wax worms. Try dead sticks or tip-ups with smelt for pike. Lake Audubon remains good for walleye. Lake Sakakawea producing pike but use caution with rising lake elevations and freezing and thawing ice conditions.

Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Inconsistent weather patterns are creating inconsistent walleye and perch success. Ice remains OK but watch edges with thawing and freezing conditions.

Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: More snow is on the lake but prior to recent storm and cold weather anglers were finding good walleye, perch, and pike success.

Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Continued good success at Pelican Lake prior to the recent storm. However, little activity since then.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Continued good perch and walleye success but more snow drifted onto the ice. Pelican Lake remains the most active area, as well as other areas throughout Devils Lake. Look for good success depending on ice conditions. Ice depth is still OK.

Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: Snow blew onto area lakes and shorelines are unsafe with little activity.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Activity and success slowed on area lakes with concerns over ice conditions. Now area lakes are snow-covered so any activity will be along open shorelines when that occurs.

Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Limited activity after Monday’s storm.

Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Little activity with more snow now on Lake Ashtabula.

Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Lake Sakakawea is starting to honeycomb throughout its ice depth. Lake Audubon remains fair to good for walleye, although use caution with freezing and thawing conditions.

Lake Sakakawea, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Lake Audubon continues producing an evening walleye bite. Try jigs and minnows. Lake Sakakawea access isn’t good. Missouri River producing a smattering of some species, including walleye, trout, pike, and catfish using a variety of presentations. No consistent numbers of fish, however, and it’s a matter of being in the right location when the bite is on.

Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Look for ice conditions to deteriorate soon, although Goose Lake remains good for pike and pike and fair for walleye. Antelope and Hurdsfield lakes fair to good for perch and walleye.

Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Prior to the storm, Lake Josephine was OK for perch. Some activity on the open water stretches of the Missouri River around Bismarck-Mandan and Washburn.

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

Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No activity.

Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Light fishing activity along shoreline areas where river flow has opened some of the channel but rising water levels resulting in slow fishing success. Not much change expected with cool weather forecasted.

Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Little activity.

Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No reports.

Spring migration:

Arrowwood Nat’l. Wildlife Refuge Pingree: More raptors are moving in along with reports of western meadowlarks, robins, and an occasional pelican and great blue heron. Limited numbers of snow geese, however.

North Dakota: Prior to the recent storm and cold temperatures, solid snow goose numbers extended from Tewaukon Nat’l. Wildlife Refuge to Oakes and Ashley with scattered reports of birds from Ransom, LaMoure, and Barnes counties up into Stutsman and Kidder counties. Snow geese moving into north-central portions of N.D. last weekend. Birds also moved into central N.D. but weather could push them back – or hold them, so it’s hard to plan a hunt.

South Dakota: Large flocks in Brown County and down to Brookings.

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).

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