Dakota Recreation Report, Nov. 8, 2013
By Patricia Stockdill
Nov. 10: Sandhill crane season closes.
Nov. 24: Deer gun season closes.
Devils Lake elevation, Nov. 6: 1,452.31 feet above mean sea level (MSL).
Stump Lake elevation: 1,452.57 MSL.
Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,834.5 MSL; 13,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Red and Sheyenne rivers producing an occasional walleye. Try jigs and nightcrawlers. A few anglers on Lake Sakakawea but no reports on success.
Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Continued fair to good walleye success working Pelican Lake, bridges, and areas with current. Limited angler numbers, however.
Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Limited activity but those going continue finding fair to good walleye success.
Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Not much activity.
Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Not much activity but those continue finding fair to good success. Try jigs and minnows with areas with moving current.
Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: Not much activity on area lakes.
Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Weather permitting, anglers are going to small area lakes and the river but reservoirs are quiet.
Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Limited activity.
Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Little activity on the lake but some river fishing is taking place below the dam. Public landing docks are out of the water on the lake.
Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Limited activity on Lake Sakakawea but a few anglers are working the mouth of Douglas Bay. No reports from Lake Audubon or the Missouri River.
Lake Sakakawea, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Very limited success in the Missouri River tailrace from boat and shore. Best time is at night. Try crankbaits from shore and plastics or crankbaits from boats. Try the channel next to the tailrace ramp for salmon, although the bite it tough. Lake Sakakawea remains slow, although an occasional walleye is coming from Silo Bay in 20 to 30 feet. Better success is farther west. Salmon success remains challenging, at best, although a few are being taken from shore.
Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Limited activity throughout area lakes.
Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: A few anglers finding catfish and salmon success in the Missouri River tailrace. Slow from shore in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Some activity at Green Lake, Cherry Lake, and Lake Etta.
Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Limited activity.
Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Not much activity.
Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Fishing success is generally slow. Try jigs and minnows for walleye.
Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Not much activity.
Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Quiet.
Arrowwood Nat’l. Wildlife Refuge, Pingree: A minor peak in duck numbers around the refuge, mainly mallards, but many birds already left with few new migrants moving in. Refuge and surrounding area is holding about 800 to 900 swans, less than 2,000 Canada Geese, less than 3,000 puddler ducks, mainly mallards, pintails and green-winged teal. About 1,000 divers, mainly hooded mergansers. Some ring-necked ducks and scaup mixed in. Not much change in waterfowl numbers around Stutsman County but a few more migrants observed in eastern counties early in the week. Peak of the migration seems to be up north yet, although snow geese were moving in and through the refuge area in the middle of the week. Corn harvest continues to make slow progress in the area. Beans harvest appears to be complete. No large flocks of waterfowl observed around Steele, north, and back east to the refuge.
N.D. Game and Fish Dept. game wardens: South-central and southeastern wetlands icing over and then opening up in warmer daytime temperatures. Larger wetlands remain open. Waterfowl remain scattered so scouting is critical for success. Overall success is improving, though. Most duck success is for mallards and scaup. Snow goose migration between Interstate-94 and N.D. Highway 200 is well underway but many birds remain in the Devils Lake basin. Many small and large Canada geese and tundra swans are showing up from Richland and Sargent counties up into Barnes, LaMoure, Griggs, and Steele counties. Southeastern pheasant success remains fair but spotty. More corn is harvested but best hunting options remain farther west. Good numbers of snow geese in central and west-central N.D. but birds might not be stopping for any length of time, depending weather.
East-central N.D.: Fewer waterfowl are in the area. Limited pheasant activity.
Lonetree WMA, Harvey: Good numbers of snow geese continue moving into central N.D. with numbers increasing even from last week. Duck numbers, however, haven’t increased to any big extent. Deer hunters putting in the time could have good success, especially if corn harvest continues.
North-central N.D.: Limited waterfowl and ruffed grouse reports.
Northeast N.D.: Better waterfowl numbers are west of Devils Lake where hunters are finding good numbers of birds. No big migration through Devils Lake yet.
Southeast N.D.: Continued waterfowl success.
West-central N.D.: Good numbers of snow geese moving into the northern tier of McLean County with increasing numbers of lesser Canada geese. Good duck numbers remain. Continued fair to good pheasant success.
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).