Dakota Recreation Report for Feb. 28, 2014
Ice is never completely safe. Avoid areas with vegetation, moving water, pressure ridges, and springs. Check with local bait shops for any ice condition information.
Harassing wildlife and chasing coyotes with snowmobiles is illegal.
March 1: Central Dakota Strutters Nat’l. Wild Turkey Federation banquet, Bismarck AMVETS.
March 8: Spring crow season opens.
March 1: Mooreton Pond, Youth Ice Fishing Derby, 1 p.m.; Devils Lake, Minnewaukan Flats.
Devils Lake elevation, Feb. 26: 1,451.35 feet above mean sea level (MSL).
Stump Lake elevation: 1,451.42 MSL.
Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,831.65 MSL; 18,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Perch remain active in deeper water depending on which Richland, Sargent, Ransom, McIntosh, Logan, LaMoure, and Barnes county lakes anglers are fishing. Try jigs, Swedish pimples, or hooks tipped with minnow heads, perch eyes, or wax worms. Weather permitting, anglers might find a decent walleye bit in 6 to 10 feet jigging with minnow heads. Also try minnows below bobbers. Lake Laretta continues producing pike when spearing. Goose Lake slow with incidental catches. Hurdsfield Lake fair to good but spotty and inconsistent. Heaton Slough fair for perch. Use caution on all area rivers with spring drawdown underway on reservoirs. Ice is unsafe and unstable. Open water has been observed north of Cass County Road 20 in northern Cass County. Devils Lake remains fair to good with best success around East Devils Lake. Lake Try Irvine for the best pike success. Stump Lake fair. Moving around is key to success. Lake Sakakawea producing an occasional walleye. Darkhouse spearing is fair at best for pike. Lake Audubon fair but spotty and inconsistent for walleye.
Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Try the east end of Devils Lake in 45 to 53 feet for perch with some walleye mixed in. Also try Cox’s Point in the same depths. Look for crappie, walleye, and perch off the north end of 6-Mile Bay.
Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Perch bite slowed with weather front last week but look for improving in recent days. Work 32 to 50 feet and move around to locate active schools. Continued walleye success working edges of humps. Pike remain.
Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Continued walleye and perch success. Move around.
Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Move around and drill a lot of holes to locate perch schools but once they’re found, anglers are generally having good success. Try 35 to 50 feet but try shallower water, as well. Walleye remain fair to good. Work a little shallower for walleye, though. Pike remain good in the shallows.
Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: Minnows are at a premium. Bring ice auger extensions when fishing area lakes. Limited reports on success.
Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Jamestown Reservoir fair to good for a mix of species. Anglers are still going to small area lakes with fair success.
Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Lots of activity on the reservoir.
Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Limited reports.
Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Coal Mine Lake has little activity but anglers could find some pike success. Goose Lake producing pike and perch with some walleye mixed in. Antelope and Hurdsfield lakes fair to good for perch and walleye. Harvey Dam fair for pike but has little activity.
Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Continued perch and walleye at Wentz Lake. Lake Josephine slowed slightly but still producing keeper pike, perch, and walleye. Lake Helen starting to produce 5- to 8-pound pike. Try smelt or herring. Some activity continues north of Hazelton on the Missouri River. Some spearing activity at Wolf Creek on Lake Sakakawea.
Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Quiet.
Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No new reports.
Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Anglers advised to remove ice houses with poor ice conditions due to Lake Traverse releases before spring runoff.
Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: No reports.
Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Not many reports.
N.D. Parks & Recreation Dept. state parks cross-country ski trails:
Fort Ransom, Fort Ransom: Trails groomed but in poor to fair condition with icy conditions in many areas.
Grahams Island, Devils Lake: Trails open and in fair condition with 20-inch base.
Lake Metigoshe, Bottineau: Bobcat, Beaver, and Coyote trails open and in excellent condition with 12-inch base.
Turtle River, Arvilla: Trails open and in fair to good condition with 15-inch base.
Bears Den Mtn., Fort Ransom: Ski area not open with more snow needed.
Bottineau Winter Park, Bottineau: 10- to 24-inch groomed powder base with 5 runs, 1 chair, 2 handle tows, Magic Carpet, 5 Tube Park runs, and several Terrain Park jumps open.
Frostfire Ski Area, Walhalla: 12- to 25-inch base. All runs and lifts open.
Huffs Hills, Mandan: 19- to 22-inch base with 9 runs, 2 lifts, and tow open.
East Central Valley (Cass and Richland counties): Fargo East, West, & South trails now open with 6- to 7-inch base.
Lake Region (Nelson & Ramsey counties): All trails open except 5 with 6- to 12-inch base.
North-central (Benson, McHenry, Pierce, Ramsey, & Towner counties): Trails 1, 2, & 3, Sand Lake, Jordan, Lake, and Midway Lake open with 4-inch base.
Red River North ( Pembina & Walsh counties): All trails open and groomed with 6-inch base.
Red River South (Grand Forks & Walsh counties): All trails open with 6- to 8-inch base.
Southern Valley (Richland County): Trails open and groomed with 4- to 8-inch base.
Sno Trails (Bottineau, McHenry, Renville, & Ward counties): All trails except Velva, Kramer, and Lansford open with 6-inch base.
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).