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Dakota Recreation Report

Nov. 29, 2013

Patricia Stockdill

Outdoor Notes:

Ice is never completely safe. Avoid areas with vegetation, moving water, pressure ridges, and springs. Check with local bait shops for any ice condition information.

Arrowwood, Audubon, Des Lacs, J. Clark Salyer, Lake Alice, Lake Zahl, Long Lake, Lostwood, Tewaukon, and Upper Souris Nat’l. Wildlife Refuges (NWR) now open for pheasant hunting. Check with local headquarters for more information and refuge-specific information.

Nov. 29: Deer muzzleloader season opens.

Dec. 1: White-fronted goose, ducks, mergansers, snipe, and coot seasons close.

Dec. 2: N.D. Game & Fish Dept. public advisory board meeting, The Bunker, 1520 3rd St. SE, Jamestown, 7 p.m.

Dec. 3: N.D. Game & Fish Dept. public advisory board meeting, Cayuga Community Center, Cayuga, 7 p.m.

Dec. 7: High Plains Duck Unit opens and merganser season re-opens.


Devils Lake elevation, Nov. 27: 1,452.23 feet above mean sea level (MSL).

Stump Lake elevation: 1,452.6 MSL.

Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,834.11 MSL; 14,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Ice continues forming on some southeastern and south-central lakes. While some rivers are still open, it’s too early to venture onto river ice, especially without knowing where springs and feeder creeks are flowing.

Back bays on Lake Audubon are gaining but likely remain marginal for access yet.

Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Some anglers walking onto Lake Irvine and Dry Lake but limited success with ice conditions limiting mobility.

Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Lake iced over. Not fishable yet.

Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Back bays are gaining ice but remain unsafe.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Main lake iced over but unsafe for access yet. Some anglers walking onto Lake Irvine.

Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: Some anglers checking out small area lakes but no reports yet.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Anglers starting to venture onto small area lakes but extreme caution is necessary.

Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No reports.

Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Lake iced over but no activity yet.

Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Lake Sakakawea and Lake Audubon are gaining ice but extreme caution is advised.

Lake Sakakawea, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Limited angling activity on the Missouri River.

Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: No reports from area lakes yet.

Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Small area lakes icing over but little activity yet. Test with an ice bar before going on the ice. No Missouri River reports.

Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: No reports.

Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Limited activity.

Red River, River Keepers, Fargo/Wahpeton Parks and Recreation Dept.: Thin ice formed on Bois de Sioux and Red rivers in the Wahpeton area with no activity.

Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Not much activity.

Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Anglers starting to walk onto the lake but no reports.


Arrowwood NWR, Pingree: Only a few Canada geese and mallards remain with a majority of waterfowl moving out over the past weekend. Almost all area water iced over.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. game warden: Look for muzzleloader and the remaining archery season to be similar to deer gun results – lots of walking and waiting with fewer deer. However, field conditions are good. With area refuges, including Arrowwood and Tewaukon, open for pheasant hunting, look for renewed interest in roosters. Overall pheasant success remains spotty with best success coming from hunters working dogs in heavier cover. Look for waterfowl activity along the open water of the Missouri River System.

East-central N.D.: Waterfowl moved out.

Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Waterfowl moved out of central N.D. Fair deer gun success will likely equate to similar muzzleloader success.

Northeast N.D.: Waterfowl moved out of the area.

West-central N.D.: Good numbers of geese along the eastern end of Lake Sakakawea and the Missouri River with fair pheasant numbers. Look for better success as corn and sunflower harvest progresses.

Numbers to know:

N.D. Game & Fish Department, main Bismarck office: 328-6300; website: (

N.D. Game & Fish Department, Jamestown office: 253-6480.

RAP, Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website: (