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Dakota Recreation Report for April 25, 2014

Jamestown Sun

April 25, 2014

Patricia Stockdill

Outdoor Notes:

Turkey hunters must have new small game, hunting certificate, and general game and habitat stamp.

Please report any winter fish kill sightings to the Game and Fish Dept.

Boat registrations are now due.

May 3: Pothole Paradise Ducks Unlimited banquet, Kulm Fire Dept., 5:30 p.m.

May 1: Paddlefish snagging season opens.


May 3: Lake Elsie.

May 9: Lake Oahe, MacLean Bottoms.


N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Increased activity on the Sheyenne River near low head dams from Valley City down to Kathryn and Fort Ransom. Slower walleye success in the Kindred, West Fargo, and Horace areas with better pike success. Try casting Dardevles near creeks and stream inlets. Shorelines are opening up on Lake Sakakawea and Lake Audubon.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Try below the dam for pike and walleye. Lots of activity around Ypsilanti and downstream.

Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Some early ice-out fishing activity on Jamestown Reservoir but no reports yet on success.

Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Improving pike success along areas of the Sheyenne River with good shoreline access, as well as small area pike lakes.

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

Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No activity.

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

Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No activity.

Spring migration:

Arrowwood Nat’l. Wildlife Refuge, Pingree: Jamestown Reservoir is ice-free but some larger wetlands still had ice early in the week. A few light geese still linger and most wetlands are holding a mix of ducks. Wood ducks starting to move through along with blue-winged teal and shorebirds. Tree swallows and some prairie birds are starting to migrate, as well.

Good numbers of light geese remain in the Devils Lake area with some migrants still moving through in north-central N.D.

Spring turkey hunting:

Southeastern turkey hunters along the Sheyenne, Wild Rice, and Red rivers and Sandhills region enjoyed better action recently with more birds responding to calling. A few stray flocks of light geese were scattered from Sand Lake NWR in S.D. through Stutsman County earlier in the week.

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: (