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Dakota Recreation Report for April 18, 2014

April 18, 2014

Patricia Stockdill

Outdoor Notes

May 1: Paddlefish snagging season opens.


N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Hit-and-miss Red River catfish success. Sheyenne River is still a little high so it might be too early for much success. Try creeks and draining inlets, though, feeding into the Sheyenne. Try Ulen Dam, Kathryn Dam, and small dam in Valley City.

Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: Look for some shore-fishing activity from the open water edges of area lakes.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Only activity, other than a few anglers at Devils Lake, is on the James River around LaMoure along the small dams. Look for some pike success. Jamestown Reservoir has ice yet, which is shifting, along with open water shorelines.

Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Limited activity on the reservoir and area lakes with anglers waiting for ice-off.

Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Reservoir has open water and thin ice along the shorelines with no fishing activity. Small area lakes also quiet.

Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Look for improving Sheyenne River activity as water temperatures warm up and access dries out.

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

Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No reports.

Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: No activity.

Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No reports.

Spring migration

Arrowwood Nat’l. Wildlife Refuge, Pingree: Main waterfowl push is over, although a few geese are still trickling through. Many duck species are migrating, although larger area wetlands are still iced over, concentrating birds on smaller open waters. Look for killdeers, cormorants, mourning doves, tree sparrows, and eastern bluebirds, as well.

North Dakota: Light geese still in portion of east-central N.D. early in the week with the biggest concentrations from Glenfield over to Harvey. Spotty numbers in many areas of North Dakota with some reports coming early in the week from southwestern Cass County, Barnes, Sargent, and LaMoure counties.

Turkey hunting

Southeast hunters finding turkeys off coulee edges and still lingering near sheltered areas like farmsteads where they’re feeding on leftover corn and silage. OK decoy and calling success but it’s early yet so spot-and-stalk is still effective. Side roads and township roads are still soft in some areas, including around Ransom County, so walk into areas when possible.