Dakota Recreation Report
Nov. 24: Deer gun and mountain lion Zone 1 early seasons closes.
Nov. 25: Mountain lion Zone 1 late season opens.
Nov. 26: N.D. Game & Fish Dept. advisory board meeting, Anamoose VFW Club, Anamoose, 7 p.m.
Nov 29: Deer muzzleloader season opens.
Devils Lake elevation, Nov. 20: 1,452.26 feet above mean sea level (MSL).
Stump Lake elevation: 1,452.51 MSL.
Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,834.68 MSL; 13,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Ice conditions remain unsafe for access. Some activity on Lake Audubon and on Douglas Bay of Lake Sakakawea.
Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: No recent reports.
Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Limited reports with little activity.
Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Limited activity as anglers wait for ice-fishing.
Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: Little to no activity on area lakes.
Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Anglers are waiting for ice-over but look for some activity on the river below the spillway.
Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Area lakes quiet until ice-fishing can start.
Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Lake has only a skim of ice and is open in areas. No activity.
Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Limited activity, although a few anglers are fishing the Missouri River tailrace and finding a few small walleye.
Lake Sakakawea, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Pick City: West side access to the Missouri River tailrace remains closed for roadwork. A mix of walleye, salmon, and trout success at night from the rocks along shore in the Missouri River tailrace. Limited angler numbers on Lake Sakakawea or Lake Audubon but those going out are finding a few small walleye from both lakes. Work 20 feet and deeper.
Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Limited activity on area lakes.
Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Some recent reports of walleye and catfish success on the Missouri River tailrace. Avoid small area lakes yet until ice conditions improve.
Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: No activity.
Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Improving Red River bite for 17- to 26-inch walleye with stable weather.
Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Limited activity.
Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No new reports.
Arrowwood Nat’l. Wildlife Refuge, Pingree: Canada geese and mallards continue to linger in the area with 5,000 to 10,000 each on the refuge and scattered elsewhere in the region. Large numbers of snow geese last weekend with most around Interstate-94 and some scattered north near the refuge. Most water is ice-covered but some larger lakes have open water patches. Some corn remains to be harvested. Hardy birds might linger if some water stays open.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. wardens: Mixed deer success for Richland, Sargent, Ransom, and Barnes county hunters. Work slough edges, shelterbelts, and adjacent harvested cornfields. Mid-day deer movement is slower with warm weather. However, overall deer numbers are definitely lower. Pheasant success remains limited in the southeast and birds are becoming jumpy. Better success remains farther south and west. Some waterfowl remain along Devils Lake, Dry Lake, and Goose Lake but conditions could change with a cold snap. Most smaller and mid-sized wetlands remain iced over but large water bodies are still holding divers from Devils Lake down to Richland County. Field decoy set-ups continue producing some mallard and Canada goose success. Strong numbers of snow geese remained in Dickey, LaMoure, and McIntosh counties earlier in the week but birds could move out with any weather change. Good numbers of waterfowl along Lake Sakakawea but birds are scattered and spotty with fair success.
East-central N.D.: A lot of waterfowl moved out but some continue lingering on lakes with open water. Look for outbound movement with a cold snap.
Lonetree WMA, Harvey: A large out-migration of waterfowl over the last weekend with a majority of birds now out of the area.
North-central N.D.: Some deer success but hunters are working hard to find them.
Northeast N.D.: Small area wetlands iced over, although Devils Lake remains open. Some waterfowl remain scattered throughout the area so scouting is critical. Look for some divers and mallards on the lake. Birds could move out with any weather change.
West-central N.D.: Good numbers of Canada geese with a mix of lessers, snows, and blues along with mallards on area large, open water bodies of the Missouri River System. Mixed deer success. Fair pheasant numbers along areas of Lake Sakakawea with slower success along the south shore.
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).