Dakota Recreation Report
Jan. 8 2010
Closing hunting season dates:
Sunday: Fall turkey.
Ice is never completely safe. Use caution, especially in areas with vegetation and around bridges and check conditions locally before venturing out.
Devils Lake elevation, Jan. 6: 1,449.92 feet above mean sea level (msl).
Stump Lake elevation, Jan. 6: 1,450.12 msl.
Lake Sakakawea elevation, Jan. 6: 1,849.7 feet; 17,000 cubic feet per second Garrison Dam average daily releases.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. Game Wardens: Southeastern and south-central lakes have sporadic activity with ice conditions possibly not as good as what may be anticipated. Use caution. Access also becoming difficult with many larger houses moving off area lakes. Red River still has open areas within Fargo.
Coal Mine Lake, Anamoose: Slow to fair for northern pike.
Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Fair to good morning and evening walleye success. Try East Bay, Doc Hagen’s or Fort Totten. A few perch in Black Tiger and Creel bays.
Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Limited reports due to weather.
Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay: Walleye fair to good around Lake Irvine and parts of Devils Lake. Slow for perch with a few fish starting to show up as inch conditions improve and anglers can move around. Lake is accessible.
Goose Lake, Harvey: Fair for small perch and walleye.
Harvey Dam, Harvey: Slow.
Jamestown Reservoir, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Weather permitting, anglers continue finding fair to good walleye activity. Try 5-Mile Corner or Smokey’s.
Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: A few anglers continue going out with continued walleye success with few area perch lakes producing. Access is becoming an issue.
Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Limited activity due to weather conditions. Watch for water on top of the ice.
Lake Audubon, Audubon Nat’l. Wildlife Refuge, Coleharbor: No access update but area has several inches new snow.
Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: East end of Lake Sakakawea and Lake Audubon spotty for walleye with a few scattered perch. Snow and wind could change access conditions so be prepared.
Lake Sakakawea, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Weather and access limiting activity on Lake Audubon.
Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Lake Audubon slow. Some northern pike activity on Lake Oahe at Cattail Bay using herring or smelt. Lake Josephine slow.
Pipestem Reservoir, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Some small crappie success.
Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: No reports.
Spiritwood Lake, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Not many anglers with few reports.
Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: No new updates.
Snowmobile ND report, Jan. 6:
Cattail (Steele, Cass, & Traill counties): Closed with preparation to open during first week of January.
East Central Valley (Fargo, Casselton): 8-inch trail snow depth. Trail open and groomed with exception of rural Cass North Trail. Watch thin ice on water bodies.
Lake Region (Devils Lake area): Closed with thin ice on lakes.
May-Port (Mayville-Portland areas): Closed with thin ice on lakes.
Missouri Valley (Bismarck, Linton): Closed with preparation to open during first week of January.
North Central (Rugby, Leeds): Red Lake, Sand Slough, and Gun Lake trails open with 6-inch snow depth. Remaining trails closed.
Northeast (Cavalier, Langdon, Edinburg): Western trail portion open with 6-inch snow depth. Gorge trail and eastern portion remain closed with thin ice.
Peace Garden (Bottineau, Rolla): Trails 7, 7A, and 7B open and groomed with 5-inch snow depth. Remaining trails groomed as ice conditions allows. Be aware of thin ice on all water bodies.
Red River North (Grafton): Closed with preparation to open during first week of January.
Red River South (Grand Forks, Fordville, Manvel): Closed with preparation to open during first week of January.
Sargent County (Sargent & Richland counties): Closed with preparation to open during first week of January.
Sheyenne Valley (Jamestown, Valley City, Lisbon, Oakes): J-3, V-1, V-3, V-5, and V-6 trails open and groomed with 7-inch snow depth. Remaining trails closed.
Sno-Trails (Minot): Closed.
Southern Valley (Wahpeton, Mooreton): Trails open and groomed with 7-inch snow depth.
N.D. Parks & Recreation Dept. cross-country ski report, Jan. 6:
Fort Ransom, Fort Ransom: No update.
Grahams Island, Devils Lake: No new update but trail has new snow from early in the week.
Turtle River, Arvilla: Lots of snow for cross-country skiing, sledding, and snowshoeing. Chalet warming house open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Downhill ski report, Jan. 6:
Bears Den Mountain, Fort Ransom: Ski area open but no report on conditions.
Bottineau Winter Park, Bottineau: 15- to 20-inch base on packed powder with all runs open. More than 3 inches new snow.
Frostfire Ski Area, Walhalla: About 3 inches new snow. Open Thursday through Sunday. All runs open with 25- to 35-inch base.
Huff Hills, Mandan: About 3 inches new snow. Open Thursday through Sunday. All runs open with 25- to 35-inch base.
Numbers to know:
N.D. Game & Fish Department, main Bismarck office: 328-6300; Web site: (http://gf.nd.gov).
N.D. Game & Fish Department, Jamestown office: 253-6480.
Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bismarck, Web site: (www.fws.gov/northdakotafieldoffice).