Oct. 25, 2013
Oct. 26: Mink, muskrat, & weasel trapping season opens.
Oct. 30: Dove season closes.
Nov. 2: Dry Lake Pheasants Forever, 5:30 p.m., Ashley American Legion.
Nov. 2: Sheyenne Valley Strutters Nat'l. Wild Turkey Federation banquet, Lisbon Eagles Club.
Nov. 4: Woodcock season closes.
Nov. 8: Deer gun season opens.
Nov. 10: Sandhill crane season closes.
Devils Lake elevation, Oct. 23: 1,452.4 feet above mean sea level (MSL).
Stump Lake elevation: 1, 452.69 MSL.
Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,834.39 MSL; 13,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Limited fishing activity on southeastern lakes. Devils Lake remains good for walleye with most activity around Mauvais Coulee. Good numbers of perch mixed in, as well. Lake Sakakawea and Lake Audubon generally slow.
Devils Lake, Ed's Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Work any of the bridges or current for walleye and pike with scattered perch success. Try jigs and minnows.
Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Devils Lake: Continued good for walleye with bigger fish now showing up. Work structure, including bridges, rocks, and Golden Highway using jigs and slip bobbers or trolling.
Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Continued fair to good walleye around the bridges, Pelican Lake, and 6-Mile Bay.
Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Not much activity but try working the bridges and structure.
Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: Limited activity on area lakes.
Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Weather permitting, a few anglers are going to small area lakes but limited activity on the reservoir.
Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Not much activity.
Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Little activity on Lake Sakakawea and Lake Audubon, although the few anglers out are finding some walleye success on the east end. Look for some pike success casting spoons from shore in Douglas Bay.
Lake Sakakawea, Scott's Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Accessing permitting, Missouri River tailrace producing a variety of trout, salmon, and catfish with best success at night. Hug the west side and go towards the middle of channel for safest access due to low water levels. Try the Honey Hole with jigs or Lindy rigs and minnows or plastics. Work a variety of presentations in the chutes. No activity down river with low water. Lake Sakakawea has a meager salmon bite yet from both boat and shore. Continued pike success but move around for walleye - anywhere from Beacon Point on Sakakawea State Park west to Douglas Bay. Lake Audubon good but inconsistent for walleye around the east end bank.
Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Light pressure on all area lakes but those going to Goose Lake are still finding walleye and pike. Hurdsfield Lake good for walleye. Antelope Lake good for walleye, fair for perch.
Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Low water limiting access on the Missouri River. Look for some shore-fishing but limited reports overall. Some salmon activity on Lake Sakakawea from shore but limited angler numbers and the season is winding down quickly.
Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Not many reports.
Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Limited activity.
Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Prior to recent rains, Red River anglers were finding good walleye success using crankbaits. River is now muddy and rose after the rain.
Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Little activity.
Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No new reports.
Arrowwood Nat'l. Wildlife Refuge, Pingree: Noticeable increases in mallards on the refuge with about 12,000 birds. A few more divers moved in, mainly scaup and ruddy ducks. Some snow geese are starting to trickle in, along with some cackling geese. Not as many big Canada geese, though. Good numbers of swans moved in the last week. Recent rains are adding water to local temporary wetlands. Bean harvest is almost complete with some corn harvest now underway, weather permitting.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. game wardens: Many local ducks are moving out with a mix of weather starting to bring in migrating waterfowl. Southeastern N.D. has a nice mix of large and small Canada geese. Try decoying stubble fields of chopped corn or small grains. Scouting can help locate small groups of local big geese. Teal numbers declining but no influx of divers yet. Southeastern and south-central pheasant hunters continue finding limited success. Try farther south and west of U.S. Highway 281 into McIntosh, Logan, and Emmons counties. Pheasants still not showing up in big numbers in Richland, Sargent, and Ransom counties and could remain sparse until corn is off. Up and down sandhill crane reports around the Long Lake area but some large flocks remained early in the week. Look for increasing numbers of snow geese around Devils Lake, Cando, and near Rugby with birds likely moving even farther south. A few more ducks starting to show up in northeastern N.D. and trickling down into east-central N.D. Look for even more movement with changing weather. More swans moving in. Hunter success in central N.D. has been somewhat limited because waterfowl tend to be in pockets with lots of open and available water. Pockets of pheasant success, as well, in central N.D. Standing row crops are limiting success, too. Waterfowl numbers remain low in north-central N.D. with small ponds starting to ice over. Some cranes remains, however.
Lonetree WMA, Harvey: Fair pheasant success but bird numbers are down. Waterfowl numbers continued building in central N.D. with some snow geese starting to trickle in.
Northeast N.D.: Many local ducks moved and the area needs a big push of migrating birds, which could happen with any weather change.
Southeast N.D.: Some pheasant success with fair to good waterfowl activity.
West-central N.D.: Continued fair to good duck success with more geese starting to move in along the east end of Lake Sakakawea and Lake Audubon. Birds aren't consistent in their feeding patterns and locations, however. Fair pheasant success but standing row crops is limiting harvest.
Numbers to know:
N.D. Game & Fish Department, main Bismarck office: 328-6300; website: (http://gf.nd.gov).
N.D. Game & Fish Department, Jamestown office: 253-6480.
RAP, Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website: (www.fws.gov/northdakotafieldoffice).