Dakota Recreation Report
Oct. 8, 2010
Saturday: Pheasant and fall turkey seasons open.
Oct. 23: Mink, weasel, and muskrat, trapping seasons open.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. District Game Wardens: Water remains high on the Red, Sheyenne, and Maple rivers. Small Cass County reservoirs continue producing panfish but fish moved deeper.
Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Continued walleye success with crankbait activity in 5 to 10 feet along the weed beds, spinners and bottom bouncers in 12 to 20 feet or jigging with minnows along deeper points. Fish are generally scattered in a variety of depths.
Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Some bigger walleye starting to show up. Work structure, including rock piles and road beds.
Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Continued fair walleye success.
Jamestown Reservoir, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Limited activity with few reports.
Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Wind permitting, some anglers still finding fair walleye success.
Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Walleye starting to improve again for a fall bite. Northern pike steadily improving. Continued bass success. Fair perch success, a matter of quality more so than quantity.
Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Little activity on Lake Sakakawea or Lake Audubon despite warm weather.
Lake Sakakawea, Indian Hills Resort, Garrison: Limited activity.
Lake Sakakawea, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Limited anglers and success on Lake Sakakawea. Work the trees and shallows along the north shore in 20 to 30 feet. Salmon spotty with mixed results with most success in the bays of Sakakawea State Park or along the intake and spillway. Try crankbaits, spoons with nightcrawlers or salmon eggs. Missouri River spotty for walleye and salmon with continued catfish success. Fair success at night from shore. Also try down river from boats during the day but bite is bit tough.
Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Improving walleye activity on the Missouri River with best success from the Rifle Range to the south.
Pipestem Reservoir, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No new reports.
Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Fair for crappie and a mix of other species.
Red River, Riverkeepers, Fargo: High water continues limiting Red River activity in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Fall walleye bite continues on the Red River in the Wahpeton area with northern pike also feeding heav8ily.
Spiritwood Lake, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Not much activity.
Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Try the evening hours for bass.
Hunting & Migration:
East-central N.D.: Good number of local ducks but no reports of migrants moving in yet.
North-central N.D.: A few more birds starting to move in along the border with good numbers of local ducks remaining.
Northeast N.D.: Lots of local ducks around with best success on the wetlands rather than Devils Lake.
Southeast N.D.: Good duck numbers and lots of water in area wetlands. A few snow geese moved in.
West-central N.D.: Lots of standing crops could limit pheasant success. Not much for new waterfowl movement, although good numbers of local ducks and geese in many areas.
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.
RAP, Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121.