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Dakota Recreation Report for March 14, 2014

Jamestown Sun

March 14, 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.

March 15: Permanent icehouses must be off state waters but can be used if removed daily.

March 15: Darkhouse spearfishing season closes.

March 15: Bobcat and weasel hunting, cable devices, archery, and trapping seasons close.

March 17: Lake Region Pheasants Forever banquet (PF), Devils Lake Memorial Building, 6 p.m.

March 21: James Valley PF banquet, Jamestown KC Hall, 5 p.m.

March 22: Sargent County PF banquet, Cayuga Hall, 5 p.m.

March 26: Moose, elk, and bighorn sheep applications due.


Devils Lake elevation, March 12: 1,452.28 feet above mean sea level (MSL).

Stump Lake elevation: 1,452.41 MSL.

Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,831.58 MSL; 17,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Warm weather is creating slush and water on top of ice on many lakes across Richland, Ransom, Sargent, LaMoure, Barnes, and Cass counties. Fair to good perch success continues in mid-range depths using simple set-ups such as hook and wax worm, perch eye, or minnow. Spotty success throughout the day with some anglers reporting better action shortly before sunset and again right before sunrise. Move around and mark fish to find schools rather than sit and wait. Walleye are still deep and hitting on bright jigs and minnows. Pike remain the steadiest. Try smelt with tip-ups in shallow water but don’t hesitate to mix up bait. Goose Lake fair for pike and perch. Hurdsfield Lake producing a mix of perch and walleye. Lake Audubon fair for walleye with a generally consistent walleye bite. Not much success on Lake Sakakawea.

Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Continued fair to good walleye and perch success. Move around to locate schools. Some water and slush on the ice but ice conditions remains good.

Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Continued fair to good success with warm weather taking lots of snow but creating slush on the lake. Move around but watch slush.

Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Lots of activity around 6-Mile Bay and Pelican Lake with some anglers on Mauvais Coulee. Watch for slush and water on the ice.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Continued good perch success. Drill holes in 25 to 50 feet and move around to locate schools. Walleye also remain decent. Those looking for pike also are finding good success. Access remains good with some water and slush on the ice.

Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: With more minnows now available and warmer weather, anglers are now back on area lakes with fair success.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Fair crappie and perch success on the reservoir. Look for perch activity on small area lakes.

Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Lots of activity on small area lakes with anglers on the reservoir finding fair success for a mix of species. Eckelson Lake also remains good.

Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: More anglers on the ice with warmer weather and they’re finding an occasional walleye. Ice conditions remain good but there is water and slush.

Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Lake Audubon and Lake Sakakawea continues producing walleye but watch access onto the lakes with muddy and slushy shorelines and water on the ice. It’s easy to get stuck.

Lake Sakakawea, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Missouri River remains slow with scattered and light success at best. Watch boat ramp access with a silt buildup. Lake Sakakawea continues producing pike but vehicle access could become muddy and difficult with water on the ice. Water is clouding up for spearing.

Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Coal Mine Lake has little activity but anglers could find some pike success. Goose Lake producing pike and perch with some walleye mixed in. Antelope and Hurdsfield lakes fair to good for perch and walleye. Harvey Dam fair for pike but has little activity.

Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Lake Josephine and Mudd Lake inconsistent and inconsistent for perch. Lake Helen continues producing some pike using smelt or herring. Bring auger extensions for many area lakes. Look for open water activity on the Missouri River soon.

Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Not many reports.

Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No recent reports.

Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: No Red River activity in the Wahpeton area with water on the ice. No reports from the Fargo area.

Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Limited reports but look for some perch and bass.

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

Downhill skiing:

Bottineau Ski Area, Bottineau: No update available.

Frostfire Ski Area, Walhalla: Some base has been lost but all runs and lifts remain open.

Huff Hills, Mandan: Closed for season.

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: (