Jamestown Sun

March 12, 2010

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Patricia Stockdill

Outdoor notes:

Saturday: Spring crow season opens.

Monday: Permanent ice houses must be off area lakes but can be used if removed daily. Darkhouse spearing season closes.

May 17: Bighorn sheep, elk, and moose licenses due.

April 1: New fishing licenses due.

Fishing:

Ice is never completely safe. Use caution, especially in areas with vegetation and around bridges and check conditions locally before venturing out.

Devils Lake elevation, March 10: 1,450.13 feet above mean sea level (msl).

Stump Lake elevation, March 10: 1,450.18 msl.

Lake Sakakawea elevation, March 10: 1,837.2 msl; 15,000 cubic feet per second average Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. Game Wardens: The Red River is producing a few sauger in the northern reaches of the river with some walleye activity at the confluences of feeder streams and rivers. High flows continue making dangerous and unstable ice conditions along with murky water. Anglers might want to try shore-fishing, instead. Access continues deteriorating on many area reservoirs with some reports of snowmobiles getting stuck in snow and slush. Limited fishing activity on Lake Sakakawea. Those going out are finding slow success. Reminder that it's illegal to pursue wildlife, including coyotes, with snowmobiles.

Coal Mine Lake, Anamoose: Slow.

Devils Lake, Ed's Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Lots of water, slush, and snow on the ice although anglers getting out continue finding fair walleye and northern pike with some perch mixed in.

Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Access remains a problem with most anglers fishing along the bridges accessing with snowmobiles or 4-wheelers.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay: Access remains difficult with water and slush on the ice. Those going continue finding OK walleye success with a few northern pike and perch mixed in. Try Minnewaukan Flat or Mauvais Coulee bridge and walk onto the ice.

Goose Lake, Harvey: No reports.

Harvey Dam, Harvey: Limited activity.

Jamestown Reservoir, Dan's Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No new reports.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Weather limiting activity although some small area lakes producing occasional perch.

Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Limited activity. Rain has taken down the snow so look for melting to start with water and slush on the top of the ice and water at the mouths of feeder creeks and streams.

Lake Audubon, Audubon Nat'l. Wildlife Refuge, Coleharbor: Muddy roads continue making access difficult with only a few houses left on the lake portion of the refuge. Houses can't be left on refuge after they're removed from the lake.

Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Continued walleye activity on the Missouri River tailrace. A few more anglers on the east end of Lake Sakakawea but no reports on success. Lake Audubon spotty at best with limited walleye success.

Lake Sakakawea, Scott's Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Missouri River tailrace remains good for walleye, although fishing pressure can influence the bite. Try jigs and live bait or Gulp. No reports from Lake Sakakawea.

Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Some activity on the Missouri River along the warm water discharge of the Heskett Plant. Missouri River tailrace remains good.

Pipestem Reservoir, Dan's Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Not much activity.

Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Little activity.

Spiritwood Lake, Dan's Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Limited reports.

Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Not many reports.

Snowmobile ND report, March 10:

Conditions could vary and will start deteriorating with warm weather and rain.

Cattail (Steele, Cass, & Traill counties): 13-inch snow depth. Trails open, groomed, and in fair to good condition.

East Central Valley (Fargo, Casselton): 12-inch snow depth. Trails open and in good condition but not groomed due to warmer temperatures.

Lake Region (Devils Lake area): 16-inc snow depth. Trails open and in good condition. Trails 3, 4, & 5 groomed but remainder of trails won't be done, pending warmer temperatures. Beware of thin ice on water bodies.

May-Port (Mayville-Portland areas): 10- to 12-inch snow depth. Trails open, groomed, and in good condition.

Missouri Valley (Bismarck, Linton): 12-inch snow depth. Trails open, groomed, and in fair to good condition.

North Central (Rugby, Leeds): 14-inch base with western portion of trail system open and in good condition but won't be groomed. Beware of thin ice on water bodies.

Northeast (Cavalier, Langdon, Edinburg): 14-inch snow depth. Trails open and in good condition with some sections groomed.

Peace Garden (Bottineau, Rolla): 16-inch snow depth. Trails open and in good condition. Trail 3 groomed before the past weekend with other trails groomed in early March. Beware of thin ice on water bodies.

Red River North (Grafton):12-inch snow depth. Trails open and in good condition. They will be groomed if equipment is available.

Red River South (Grand Forks, Fordville, Manvel): 13-inch snow depth. Trails open and in good condition with West and East Loop trails groomed March 4. Remaining trails won't be groomed.

Sargent County (Sargent & Richland counties):18-inch snow depth. Trails open and in good condition but ungroomed.

Sheyenne Valley (Jamestown, Valley City, Lisbon, Oakes): 16-inch snow depth. Trails open and in good condition with some section groomed.

Sno-Trails (Minot): 18-inch snow depth. Trails open, groomed - except for the Kramer Trail - and in good condition.

Southern Valley (Wahpeton, Mooreton areas): 13-inch snow depth. Trails open and in good condition but not groomed.

N.D. Parks & Recreation Dept. cross-country ski report, March 10:

Icelandic, Cavalier: Trails groomed March with trail conditions fair and will likely deteriorate with rain and continued warm weather.

Turtle River, Arvilla: Snow base is deteriorating with rain and warm weather and trails are marginal.

No other updates available but look for conditions to deteriorate with warm weather and rain.

Downhill ski report, March 10:

Bottineau Winter Park, Bottineau: 15- to 20-inch base on groomed powder with all runs open and all lifts operating. Open Thursday through Sunday.

Frostfire Ski Area, Walhalla: 25- to 30-inch base. All runs and lifts open with good spring snow conditions. No rain earlier in the week. Open Thursday through Sunday.

Huff Hills, Mandan: 20- to 38-inch base with all runs open and 2 lifts operating. Open Friday through Sunday.

 Numbers to know:

N.D. Game & Fish Department, main Bismarck office: 328-6300; Web site: (http://gf.nd.gov).

N.D. Game & Fish Department, Jamestown office: 253-6480.

Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bismarck, Web site: (www.fws.gov/northdakotafieldoffice).