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Dakota Recreation Report for Jan. 31, 2014

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Jamestown Sun

Jan. 31, 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.

Registration now open for Feb. 21-23 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Winter Workshop, Lake Metigoshe State Park. More information and registration available at Game and Fish Dept. website, (gf.nd.gov).

Tournaments:

Feb. 1: Larimore Dam, Lake Elsie.

Feb. 8: Mundt Lake.

Feb. 15: Lake Ashtabula.

Fishing:

Devils Lake elevation, Jan. 29: 1,452.31 feet above mean sea level (MSL).

Stump Lake elevation: 1,452.4 MSL.

Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,832.36 MSL; 18,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Safety and access is becoming an issue on Richland, Ransom, Sargent, LaMoure county lakes and those into Cass and Barnes counties. More snow and frequent winds reduced access on many small waters to snowmobiles and tracked vehicles. Inconsistent bite because of weather. Work deep for perch. Best success seems to be with buckshot rattling spoons and dropper rigs. Best walleye bite is in shallow water in 7 to 12 feet using the same perch rigs. Few pike reports but with steady weather look for success with tip-ups and smelt. Look for potential access problems after last weekend’s storm on some east-central lakes. Devils Lake remains fair to good but spotty. Try west around the Golden Highway and throughout the lake, including 6-Mile Bay. Try east Devils Lake and south of Creel Bay for perch. Lake Irvine still good for walleye and perch. Weather permitting, Lake Audubon remains fair to good for walleye.

Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Overall success is spotty. Look for improving activity with stable weather.

Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Continued fair to good for perch. Try 6-Mile or Black Tiger bays. Perch schools seem to cover large areas so once they’re located, look for success.

Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Spotty success throughout much of the lake.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Hit-and-miss success in large part due to the weather. Try buckshots tipped with minnow heads or wax worms in 35 feet or deeper for perch. Try 12 to 24 feet for walleye. Work submerged points.

Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: Weather limited activity on area lakes.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: A few small area lakes continue producing success but access could limit activity. Look for an evening bite on the reservoir.

Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Activity slowed in general, including small area lakes and the reservoir. Look for more activity with warmer weather.

Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Limited reports, although a few more houses are moving onto the lake. Access on small area lakes is becoming difficult.

Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Cold and wind limiting activity but look for continued success on both Lake Audubon and Lake Sakakawea with improving weather.

Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Goose Lake continues producing pike with fair perch and walleye success. Antelope and Hurdsfield lakes fair for perch and walleye. Harvey Dam fair for pike.

Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Pearl and Mudd lakes continue producing activity. Try the south and northeast sides of Lake Audubon. Cattail Bay hit-and-miss but those taken are nice-sized.

Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Not many reports.

Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Not much activity.

Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Activity slowed on area rivers. Ice conditions improving.

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

Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Quiet.

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

Fort Ransom, Fort Ransom: Trails groomed and in good condition.

Grahams Island, Devils Lake: Trails open and in good condition with 16- to 18-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 good condition with 15-inch base.

Downhill skiing:

Bears Den Mtn., Fort Ransom: More snow needed to open.

Bottineau Winter Park: 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: 15- to 20-inch base with about 5 inches of new snow. All runs open with skiing Thursday through Sunday.

Huffs 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 with 6- to 7-inch base.

Lake Region (Nelson & Ramsey counties): Trail 3 open with 6- to 12-inch base.

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

Red River North ( Pembina & Walsh counties): All trails open and groomed with 6-inch base.

Red River South (Grand Forks & Walsh counties): East and West 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 and Lansford open with 8-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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