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Dakota Recreation Report for March 7, 2014

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Jamestown Sun

March 7, 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.

March 8: Spring crow season open.

March 15: Permanent icehouses must be off state waters but can be used if removed daily.

March 15: West Dakota Mule Deer Foundation banquet, Minot.

March 15: Darkhouse spearfishing season closes.

March 15: Bobcat and weasel hunting, cable devices, archery, and trapping seasons close.

March 17: Lake Region Pheasants Forever chapter banquet, Devils Lake Memorial Building, 6 p.m.

Tournaments:

March 8: Mooreton Pond, Youth Fishing Event, 1 p.m. (rescheduled after cold weather).

Fishing:

Devils Lake elevation, March 5: 1,452.31 feet above mean sea level (MSL).

Stump Lake elevation: 1,452.42 MSL.

Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,831.52 MSL; 18,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Try working deeper water first to find perch on small lakes across the southeast and then move shallower if needed. Try buckshot rattling spoons or Hali’s tipped with minnow heads, wax worms, or perch eyes. Be sure to move around. Try late evening hours in 10 feet for walleye using jigging spoons tipped with minnow heads. Also try minnows beneath bobbers. Cold weather limited activity with scattered success at best for those venturing out on small east-central lakes. Stay off the Sheyenne, Red, and James rivers with upstream reservoir drawdowns. Lake Audubon and Lake Sakakawea remain fair in the evening for walleye. Work shallow water for pike on both lakes. Bring auger extensions.

Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Move around to catch fish with perch schools scattered. Try Pelican Lake, Black Tiger Bay, or East Devils Lake for perch in 30 to 60 feet. Locate structured areas throughout the lake for walleye in the morning or evening in 10 to 25 feet.

Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Activity slowed with cold front but those going out are finding small perch and walleye. Look for perch to school in 30 to 40 feet with improving success with warmer, stable weather. Pike remain good.

Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: No new updates.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Scattered perch success. Move around, punch several holes, and locate active schools in 25 to 50 feet. Fair to good walleye success in 8 to 20 feet. Try the shallows for pike. Try Grahams Island, the mouth of 6-Mile Bay, Doc Hagen’s, East Bay, or Stromme’s Addition for perch and walleye. Lake Irvine is fair to good, as well, but access is more difficult.

Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: Limited reports with cold weather but look for more activity with warm spell. Auger extensions are needed on area lakes.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Some activity on the reservoir but look for more people on the ice with warmer weather.

Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Scattered activity on the reservoir. Look for more people on the ice with warmer weather.

Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Little activity on Ashtabula and small area lakes.

Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Fewer anglers on the ice in the colder weather with fair walleye success on Lake Sakakawea and Lake Audubon. Pike spearing success slowed on Lake Sakakawea, however.

Lake Sakakawea, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Lake Sakakawea continues producing walleye and pike with most activity around Wolf Creek. Look for continued small walleye success on Lake Audubon.

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: Activity continues at Lake Josephine, Mudd Lake, and Pearl Lake. Wentz Lake slowed somewhat but still producing some nice perch and walleye. Some anglers on Eckroth Bottoms on the Missouri River. Lake Audubon remains fair.

Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Quiet.

Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No reports.

Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Red River ice-fishing not recommended in the Wahpeton area due to Lake Traverse releases.

Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Improving perch and walleye success.

Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Little activity.

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

Fort Ransom: Trails in poor condition with hard, icy, and compacted snow. More snow is needed before conditions can improve.

No updates from other trails.

Downhill skiing:

Bears Den Mtn., Fort Ransom: Ski area not open yet.

Bottineau Winter Park: 12- 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: All runs open with more than an inch of new snow. All runs and lifts open.

Huffs Hills, Mandan: 19- to 22-inch base with 7 runs, 1 lift, and tow open.

Snowmobile N.D.:

East Central Valley (Cass and Richland counties): Fargo East, West, & Cass 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- to 8-inch base.

Northeast (Cavalier, Pembina, and Walsh counties: All trails open with 5- to 6-inch base.

Peace Garden (Bottineau and Rolette counties): Trails 1 through 5 open with 4- to 6-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 6-inch base.

Sno Trails (Bottineau, McHenry, Renville, & Ward counties): All trails except Velva, Kramer, and Lansford open with 4-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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