Dakota Recreation Report for March 28, 2014
March 28, 2014
April 1: New furbearer and fishing licenses due.
April 1: Snowmobile N.D. trails close.
April 3: Fargo Ducks Unlimited (DU) banquet, Speedway Restaurant, 6 p.m.
April 4: Grand Gobblers NWTF banquet, Grand Forks Ramada Inn.
April 4: Woodworth DU banquet, Woodworth High School, 6 p.m.
April 8: N.D. Game & Fish Dept. spring advisory board meeting, Lake Region College, Devils Lake, 7 p.m.
April 8: N.D. Game & Fish Dept. spring advisory board meeting, Valley City VFW, 7 p.m.
April 12: Spring turkey season opens.
Devils Lake elevation, March 26: 1,452.32 feet above mean sea level (MSL).
Stump Lake elevation: 1,452.44 MSL.
Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,835.26 MSL; 16,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Some spotty fishing activity but extreme caution is required with sagging and deteriorating ice throughout the region. However, if walking out onto small area lakes, try Swedish pimples and wax worms for perch. Devils Lake ice conditions are deteriorating and vehicle access not recommended. However, those accessing with 4-wheelers could try 6-Mile Bay for walleye and pike or Black Tiger Bay for perch. Also work the shallower water for a morning and evening bite on Devils Lake. Coe Lake fair for perch and walleye.
Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Continued fair to good walleye and perch success. Move around to locate active schools but watch for changing ice conditions.
Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Continued fair to good for walleye, pike, and perch. Nicer perch have moved shallower in less than 25 feet. Ice remains OK but conditions could change quickly with consistent warm weather.
Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Lots of perch, walleye, and pike activity on Pelican Lake.
Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Pelican Lake good for perch in about 18 to 20 feet. Try the north end of 6-Mile Bay for walleye in 16 to 18 feet.
Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: Pelican Lake good for perch in about 18 to 20 feet. Try the north end of 6-Mile Bay for walleye in 16 to 18 feet.
Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Some anglers continue going to small area lakes with good perch and walleye success. However, it’s all about timing and being in the right location when schools are moving through.
Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Limited activity and reports, including from small area lakes.
Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: A few more anglers on the ice with fair crappie, perch, and walleye success.
Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Continued walleye success on Lake Audubon but pickups not recommended for accessing the lake. Lake Sakakawea ice is marginal but anglers are catching fish. Be extremely cautious and use discretion.
Lake Sakakawea, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Lake Audubon continues producing an evening walleye bite. Try jigs and minnows. Ice remains OK. Lake Sakakawea access isn’t good. Missouri River producing a smattering of some species, including walleye, trout, pike, and catfish using a variety of presentation with more anglers on the water in the tailrace.
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: Continued activity on Devils Lake, Lake Audubon, and small area lakes east of Bismarck.
Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: No reports.
Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Limited activity.
Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Patchy open water along river banks, which are slowing rising with runoff. Snow melt remains within banks. Look for open water fishing with warmer weather.
Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Anglers finding a few fish but the shoreline access is rough.
Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No reports.
Arrowwood Nat’l. Wildlife Refuge, Pingree: Areas of southern N.D. reported geese moving back south in last Friday’s bad weather but with improving conditions, the movement north will be back on. Canada geese continue moving in, however. Nice numbers of eagles sighted around Pingree. Other migration is limited but look for more species with better weather. Fish and Wildlife Service sandhill crane spring surveys now underway.
North Dakota: Snow geese continue moving in and around the southeast, however, they’re continually on the move and locations vary constantly. Many moved back south last Friday with the cold weather but will move back as soon as they can. Try scouting for birds across Dickey, McIntosh, LaMoure, Barnes, Stutsman, and Kidder counties as well as Long Lake. Try just stopping and listening for birds to located flocks. Avoid driving on soft and muddy roads and don’t go into muddy fields.
South Dakota: Snow geese are building in large numbers in northeastern and north-central S.D.
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).