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Dakota Recreation Report for Jan. 24, 2014

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Jamestown Sun

Jan. 24, 2014

Patricia Stockdill

Outdoor Notes:

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.

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Harassing wildlife and chasing coyotes with snowmobiles is illegal.

Tournaments:

Jan. 25: Devils Lake, 6-Mile Bay.

Feb. 1: Lake Elsie.

Feb. 8: Mundt Lake.

Feb. 15: Lake Ashtabula.

Fishing:

Devils Lake elevation, Jan. 22: 1,452.33 feet above mean sea level (MSL).

Stump Lake elevation: 1,452.38 MSL.

Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,832.48 MSL; 18,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Richland, Sargent, Ransom, LaMoure, and Barnes county lakes have inconsistent success with the constant shifting weather. Perch success remains the most consistent but anglers working harder for fish. Move around more often to stay on fish. Try buckshot rattling spoons tipped with minnow head or perch eye. Work deeper areas of lakes, sloughs, and reservoirs with best success later in the afternoon. Pike continue to hit on most walleye and perch presentations. Target pike with a dead stick or tip up with smelt lying on the bottom. Good walleye success at times with the best action typically before dark in shallower water. Ice is now approaching 30 inches thick and snow conditions are starting to create some access issues. Hit-and-miss pike spearing reports from Spiritwood Lake with the most active pike just before sunset. Water clarity is still good. Goose Lake and other east-central area lakes are slow to fair in general. Devils Lake producing nice fish but success is inconsistent. Work Creel or Main bays for perch. Try the west end around Minnewaukan Flats, Howard’s Bay, or Mission Bay. Lake Irvine also good for walleye. Stump Lake good for perch. Lake Audubon remains fair to good for small walleye. Lake Sakakawea producing pike throughout many areas with spearing and hook-and-line success.

Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Continued good perch success in 25 to 45 feet, however success is more inconsistent due to inconsistent weather patterns. Try the towers, Doc Hagen’s, casino, south end of Black Tiger Bay, or north end of 6-Mile Bay. Work structure in 10 to 25 feet throughout the lake for walleye.

Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Continued walleye and perch success in Creel Bay. Some activity on the west end, as well, including the bridges.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Access remains good. Inconsistent success but anglers are marking perch in 35 to 45 feet. Fair to good for small walleye. Try Rocky Point working up to the middle of Creel Bay. Also try the north end of 6-Mile Bay. Bigger fish are coming in from shallower water. Walford’s Bay producing pike. Look for activity at Lake Irvine, as well.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Inconsistent weather creating inconsistent success, although when anglers are out they continue finding good perch success throughout area lakes with a few scattered walleye mixed in. Occasional late night bite for crappie from Jamestown Reservoir.

Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Continued success from Jamestown Reservoir. Eckelson Lake remains good.

Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Fair to good walleye and perch success with occasional pike mixed in.

Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Lake Audubon fair to good for walleye but size varies greatly. Lake Sakakawea producing pike and walleye from Garrison and Douglas bays with Steinke Bay producing pike with hook-and-line and spearing. Some pike spearing in Garrison Bay, as well.

Lake Sakakawea, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Spotty pike and walleye success throughout Lake Sakakawea. Try Wolf Creek for pike and work the islands. Lake Audubon remains good for small walleye.

Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Coal Mine Lake has little activity but look for fair pike success. Goose Lake good for perch and pike, fair for walleye. Antelope Lake fair for perch and walleye. Harvey Dam fair for pike.

Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Lots of activity on several Medina area lakes and small lakes east of Bismarck.

Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Slow.

Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Fair perch success.

Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Steady pike bite by day with nighttime walleye success on local rivers.

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

Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Not many reports.

N.D. Parks & Recreation Dept. state parks                  cross-country ski trails:

Fort Ransom, Fort Ransom: Trails open and groomed.

Grahams Island, Devils Lake: Trails open and in fair condition with 12- to 14-inch base.

Lake Metigoshe, Bottineau: Bobcat, Beaver, and Coyote trails open but in fair condition.

Downhill skiing:

Bears Den Mtn., Fort Ransom: Not open yet.

Bottineau Winter Park, Bottineau: 10- to 24-inch manmade snow 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: 5 inches new snow with 12- to 15-inch base with all runs open. 2 lifts and Magic Carpet open.

Huff Hills, Mandan: 19- to 22-inch base with 9 runs, 2 lifts, and tow open.

Snowmobile N.D. trails:

East Central Valley

(Cass and Richland counties): Fargo East and West trails now open and groomed with 6- to 7-inch base.

North-central (Benson, McHenry, Pierce, Ramsey, & Towner counties): Trails 1 & 3 open.

Northeast (Cavalier, Pembina, and Walsh counties: Par Site, Sandhills, Neche, and Pembina trails open and groomed with 4- to 6-inch base.

Peace Garden (Bottineau and Rolette counties): Trails 4, 4A, 4B, portions of Trail 1 & Trail 5 open with 3-inch base.

Red River North ( Pembina & Walsh counties): All trails open and groomed with 4- 5-inch base.

Southern Valley (Richland County): Trails open and groomed with 4- to 8-inch base.

Sno Trails (Bottineau, McHenry, Renville, & Ward counties): Burlington, Deering, Glenburn, Granville, Minot, Surrey, & Towner trails open and groomed with 6- to 9-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).

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