Jamestown Sun Dakota Recreation Report
Jan. 2, 2009
Closing hunting dates:
Today: Light geese, tundra swan, Canada goose Missouri River Zone (south side of Lake Sakakawea).
Sunday: Partridge, pheasant, ruffed grouse, tree squirrels, sharp-tailed grouse, archery deer, High Plains Duck & Merganser Unit.
Jan. 11: Fall turkey.
Saturday: Lake Audubon, Totten Trail.
Lake Sakakawea elevation, Dec. 31: 1,824.7 feet above mean sea level.
Ice conditions are never completely safe. Use caution and avoid springs, bridges, vegetation, and areas with moving water beneath the ice. Check ice depth with a bar.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. Game Wardens: With difficult access and roads conditions, let someone know your destination and estimated return time. No reports from east-central and southeastern lakes due to recent storms.
Devils Lake, Ed's Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Improving walleye and northern pike activity. Most anglers accessing the lake with snowmobiles or all-terrain vehicles.
Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Snow limiting activity but some houses moved onto the Minnewaukan Flats.
Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay: Lake Irvine continues producing walleye with occasional fish around Creel Bay on Devils Lake. Access is OK around the resort area pending snow conditions.
Jamestown Reservoir, Dan's Sooper Stop, Jamestown: A few anglers on the lake, weather permitting, with occasional walleye. Access becoming difficult.
Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Little activity due to weather.
Lake Josephine, Tuttle: Fair for walleye.
Lake Ashtabula, Bay Shore Resort, Valley City: Increasing numbers of anglers on the ice with fair walleye success. Access becoming more difficult. Snowmobiles recommended.
Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Spotty walleye success with access becoming difficult on Lake Audubon itself. Weight of the snow is causing water on top of the ice in several areas on the lake. Some anglers walking onto Centennial Bay of Lake Sakakawea but no reports on success.
Lake Sakakawea, Scott's Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Lots of snow on Lake Audubon and moving around on the lake is difficult. Try rattling jigs, glow-in-dark or wings to try to attract fish in the low light conditions, a result of the snow cover on the ice. A few anglers on Lake Sakakawea wherever there might be access along Wolf Creek or Sakakawea State Park. Watch ice conditions because snow slowing ice formation on the main lake. Occasional angler on Missouri River, weather permitting. Releases recently increased.
Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Lots of snow on Lake Audubon. No reports from Missouri River tailrace.
Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Little activity.
Rice Lake, Strasburg: Fair for northern pike but good for walleye.
N.D. Parks & Recreation State Park cross-country ski trails, as of Dec. 31:
Fort Ransom, Fort Ransom: Trails groomed Christmas week and in great condition with lots of snow.
Grahams Island, Devils Lake: Lots of snow on the trails but wind will drift them over. Trails groomed more frequently, weather permitting.
Icelandic, Cavalier: About a foot of snow with trails groomed Wednesday, weather permitting, and in good to excellent condition.
Lake Metigoshe, Bottineau: Trails in excellent condition with 30 inches of snow on the level in the trees. Trails have 16 inches of packed and tracked snow with 6 new inches of snow tracked on Tuesday.
North Dakota ski areas, as of Dec. 31:
Bears Den Mountain, Fort Ransom: Open daily through Sunday with all runs and lifts open.
Bottineau Winter Park, Bottineau: All ski runs, tubing, and Terrain Park open with 4 inches new snow over the past week. 12- to 20-inch base on ski trails.
Frostfire Ski Area, Walhalla: 8 inches new snow in past week. Open daily through Sunday. 24- to -30 inch base with all trails and Terrain Park open. Conditions are excellent.
Huff Hills, Mandan: 4 inches new snow with 18- to 37-inch on powder and packed powder base.
All trails and lifts operating. Terrain Park opening soon.
N.D. Snowmobile North Dakota, as of Dec. 31:
East Central (Cass County): 8-inch snow depth with 10 inches new snow. Trail open, in good condition, and groomed, weather permitting.
Mayville-Portland (Traill County): 5- to 6-inch snow depth with 8 to 10 inches new snow. Trail open, in good condition, and groomed, weather permitting.
Missouri Valley (Burleigh & Emmons counties): 8-inch snow depth with 8 to 10 inches new snow. Trails from Hague to Linton, Sterling, and Bismarck open and groomed. Trail north of Bismarck to Wilton and Wing open, in good condition, and will be groomed after New Year's weekend. Trails south of Bismarck near University of Mary closed due to trail preparation.
North Central (Pierce & Benson counties): 10-inch snow depth with 10 to 12 inches new snow. Western trails around Rugby open and in good conditions. Trails north and south of Rugby also groomed and in good condition. Eastern trails around Leeds and Churches closed until more snow is received.
Northeast (Cavalier & Pembina counties): 4- to 6-inch snow depth with 8 to 10 inches new snow. Western trails open, in good condition, and groomed, weather permitting. Eastern trails closed until trail preparation completed.
Peace Garden (Bottineau County): 4- to 5-inch snow depth with 8 inches new snow. Trails open, in good condition, and groomed, weather permitting. Trails traveling west to Souris closed.
Red River North (Walsh County): 5-inch snow depth with 5 to 10 inches new snow. Trails open, in good condition, and groomed, weather permitting. Trails from Park River to the Warming Shelter and Oslo to Oakwood closed due to trail preparation.
Red River South (Grand Forks County): 5-inch snow depth and 5 to 10 inches new snow. Trail open, in good condition, and groomed, weather permitting.
Sargent County: 5- to 6-inch snow depth with 8 inches new snow. Trails open, in good conditions, and groomed.
Sheyenne Valley (Stutsman, Barnes, Ransom counties): 6-inch snow depth with 8 to 10 inches new snow. Trails open and groomed. However, trail around Valley City due to trail preparation.
Sno-Trail (McHenry County): Trails open, groomed, and in good condition.
*Southern Valley (Richland County): 6- to 10-inch snow depth with 8 inches new snow. Trails open, groomed, and in good condition.
*Lake Region Trail (Ramsey County) in process of opening pending weather conditions.
Go to the Snowmobile North Dakota Web site, (www.snowmobilend.org) for more information.
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: (http://mountain-prairie.fws.gov/northdakotafieldoffice).