Dakota Recreation Report
Nov. 12, 2010
Sunday: Unit 1 sandhill crane season closes.
Nov. 20: Mink, muskrat, and weasel seasons open.
Nov. 21: Deer gun season closes.
Devils Lake elevation, Nov. 10: 1,451.37 feet above mean sea level (msl).
Stump Lake elevation, Nov. 10: 1,451.23 msl.
Lake Sakakawea elevation, Nov. 10: 1,844.8 msl; 25,800 cubic feet per second average Garrison Dam daily releases.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. Game Wardens: No reports from Devils Lake. Sheyenne and Red rivers remain above normal in river elevation but are dropping so look for improving activity for those going out. Missouri River tailrace continues producing walleye from the shore off the rocks at night. Walleye success improving south of Bismarck-Mandan.
Coal Mine Lake, Anamoose: No reports.
Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Occasional angler on the water with continued fair success. Work the bridges with jigs and minnows.
Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Some anglers on the water, weather permitting.
Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Limited activity.
Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: A few anglers on the water, weather permitting. Work current around the bridges in 15 to 20 feet using vertical jigs with minnows.
Jamestown Reservoir, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Not many anglers on the water but those are finding fair to good walleye success.
Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: A few anglers on the water with fair walleye success.
Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: No boat activity but a few anglers are shore-fishing along the grade in the evening. No reports on success.
Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Limited activity.
Lake Sakakawea, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Pick City: No walleye reports from Lake Sakakawea. Missouri River remains good at night using crankbaits from shore. Also try crankbaits or jigs from boat. Slower during the day.
Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Weather permitting, continued walleye success on the Missouri River working from the Rifle Range to the north. Try 2 to 10 feet for bigger fish with jigs and minnows or crankbaits.
Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: A few northern pike with occasional small walleye.
Red River, Riverkeepers, Fargo: Red River dropping in elevation with mud on ramps but they’re still open and usable with some shore-fishing activity. Most people are out hunting, however. Most docks are out of the water.
Hunting & Migration:
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. Game Wardens: Deer generally holding tight with warm weather but with corn harvest largely done, they tended to be in light CRP and field edges. Pheasant numbers remain solid. Waterfowl numbers remain steady with areas in south-central N.D. up to the James and Sheyenne river valleys and across central N.D. scattered with snow geese, Canada geese, and migrating ducks. Smaller wetlands re-opened. Fields are drying out. Fair to good waterfowl numbers along the east end of the Missouri River System and west-central N.D. Overall fair deer success.
Lonetree WMA, Harvey: Deer hunters finding fair success as row crop harvest continues. Fair upland success. Some geese in central N.D. but limited duck numbers.
Arrowwood Nat’l. Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Pingree: Refuge is holding good numbers of mallards and Canada geese. Snows were heard flying overhead most of the weekend, with large numbers seen south of Jamestown area. Southern Barnes County has goods numbers of geese. Even white-fronts were using the area last week. Crane are still moving through and flying over the refuge. Watch for whooping cranes, which could still be moving with the sandhills. Deer opener went fairly well.
J. Clark Salyer NWR, Upham: Waterfowl numbers increased over the past weekend but how long the birds stay will depend on how much water ices over with cooler weather. Cranes moved up and out of the area.
East-central N.D.: Fair deer success. Lots of snow geese moving into the area.
North-central N.D.: Not many reports of waterfowl numbers.
Northeast N.D.: A recent influx of ducks and geese into the area. Look for more movement with cooler temperatures. Fair deer success with corn harvest underway.
Southeast N.D.: Lots of snow geese along the Interstate-94 corridor. Fair to good deer success.
West-central N.D.: Good numbers of Canada geese and snow geese along with mallards. Most wetland re-opened to help spread out waterfowl. Pheasant numbers remain strong. Mixed deer success, in part with the warm weather and standing sunflowers.
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.