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Dakota Recreation Report for Feb. 7, 2014

Jamestown Sun

Dakota Recreation      Report

Feb. 7, 2014

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.

Harassing wildlife and chasing coyotes with snowmobiles is illegal.

Registration now open for Feb. 21 -23 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Winter Workshop, Lake Metigoshe State Park. More information and registration available at Game and Fish Dept. website, (

Feb. 8: Birds of Sullys Hill Nat’l. Game Preserve, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Fort Totten.

Feb. 12: Spring turkey applications due.

Feb. 15: Spring light goose season opens.

Feb. 17: N.D. Game & Fish Dept. deer management meeting, Devils Lake, Lake Region Community College Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Feb. 18: N.D. Game & Fish Dept. deer management meeting, Casselton Fire Hall, 7 p.m.


Feb. 8: Bader Lake, Lake Audubon, Mundt Lake.

Feb. 9: Antelope Lake.

Feb. 15: Lake Ashtabula, Ashtabula Crossing.

Feb. 22: Jamestown Reservoir, Coldwater Lake, Devils Lake, Lake Audubon.

Feb. 23: Coe Lake, Silver Lake.


Devils Lake elevation, Feb. 5: 1,452.29 feet above mean sea level (MSL).

Stump Lake elevation: 1,452.41 MSL.

Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,832.23 MSL; 18,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Pike success remains fair to good across Richland, Sargent, and Ransom counties. Try tip-ups along drop-offs or channels and transition edges. Best success is generally right after sunrise. Perch and walleye improved a bit across LaMoure, Barnes, McIntosh, and Dickey County area lakes. Try plain hook and a whole minnow in 8 to 14 feet or mid-range depths, depending on the lake, shortly before dark. Also try buckshots with minnow heads. Fairly consistent perch success using buckshots, Hali’s, and dropper rigs with minnow heads or wax worms. No reports from Devils Lake. Lake Sakakawea improving for walleye and pike.

Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: Generally fair to good success throughout area lakes.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Weather permitting, anglers continue fishing small area lakes around Woodworth and east around Valley City with generally fair success. Reservoir slowed somewhat.

Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Activity remains generally slow, including small area lakes and the reservoir. Look for more activity with warmer weather.

Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Continued good perch success on area lakes west of Valley City, including Hobarth Lake. Access is still difficult in many areas of Lake Ashtabula with generally mediocre perch success.

Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Generally quiet.

Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Not much activity.

Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Quiet.

Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Not much activity.

N.D. Parks & Recreation Dept. state parks cross-country ski trails:

Fort Ransom, Fort Ransom: Trails open with 10-inch base. Some icy spots, however.

Grahams Island, Devils Lake: Trails open and in good condition with 22-inch base.

Downhill skiing:

Bears Den Mtn., Fort Ransom: Not enough snow yet to open.

Huffs Hills, Mandan: 19- to 22-inch base with 9 runs, 2 lifts, and tow open.

Snowmobile N.D.:

East Central Valley (Cass and Richland counties): Fargo East and West trails now open with 6- to 7-inch base.

North-central (Benson, McHenry, Pierce, Ramsey, & Towner counties): Trails 1 & 3 open with 4-inch base.

Peace Garden (Bottineau and Rolette counties): Trails 4, 4A, 4B, 5, and portions of Trail 1 open with 5-inch base.

Red River North ( Pembina & Walsh counties): All trails open and groomed with 6-inch base.

Red River South (Grand Forks & Walsh counties): All trails except Reynolds open with 6- to 8-inch base.

Southern Valley (Richland County): Trails open and groomed with 4- to 8-inch base.

Sno Trails (Bottineau, McHenry, Renville, & Ward counties): All trails except Velva and Lansford open with 8-inch base.

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: (