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Dak Rec Report Dec. 11

Jamestown Sun Dakota Recreation Report Dec. 11, 2015 Patricia Stockdill Outdoor Notes: Warm weather is making ice especially dangerous and is never completely safe. Avoid areas with vegetation, moving water, pressure ridges, and springs. Check wi...

Jamestown Sun Dakota Recreation Report Dec. 11, 2015 Patricia Stockdill Outdoor Notes: Warm weather is making ice especially dangerous and is never completely safe. Avoid areas with vegetation, moving water, pressure ridges, and springs. Check with local bait shops for any ice condition information. Dec. 12: High Plains Duck, Coot, and Merganser units open. Dec. 13: Muzzleloader deer season closes. Dec. 13: Moose season closes. Dec. 24: Canada goose season closes, except Missouri River Zone remains open until Jan. 1 Fishing: Devils Lake elevation, Dec. 9: 1,450.05 feet above mean sea level (MSL). Stump Lake elevation: 1,450.4 MSL. Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,840.44 MSL; 15,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases. N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: No reports from Devils Lake or southeast area lakes. Back bays of Lake Audubon have some walk-on activity for walleye. However, use extreme caution. Devils Lake, Ed's Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Some boat activity on the main lake of Devils Lake with a few anglers walking on small area lakes north of Devils Lake. Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Some boat activity around Mauvais Coulee and 6-Mile Bay bridges with some walleye success. However, any ice is unsafe and should be avoided. Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Anglers walking onto small area lakes around Devils Lake and its back bays, including Pelican Lake, Lake Irvine, and Dry Lake. Use extreme caution, however. Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: Anglers walking onto some area lakes but limited reports of success so far. Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Some activity on Jamestown Reservoir and small area lakes north of Jamestown but success is limited so far. Use extreme caution. Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: A few anglers venturing onto some area lakes but success is limited. Check ice conditions. Lake Ashtabula, Ashtabula Crossing, Luverne: Some walk-on activity but use extreme caution. A few anglers are finding an occasional walleye. Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: No activity with deteriorating ice conditions with unseasonably warm weather. Lake Audubon, 6-Mile Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Bait shop remains closed until Lake Audubon has walkable ice. Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: A few anglers still boat fishing on Lake Sakakawea with continued fair walleye success, although some ramps are icing around the edges. Any ice fishing on Lake Audubon must be done with extreme caution. Lake Sakakawea, Scott's Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Continued shore-fishing success on the Missouri River tailrace for walleye from the rocks at nights using crankbaits. Fish are nice-sized. A little boat activity yet on the river, as well. Low water is still a problem for access, however. Lake Sakakawea remains fair from boat around Steinke and Douglas bays using jigs and minnows. Fish are eater-sized. Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: A few anglers venturing onto Goose Lake but limited reports on success and from other area lakes. Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Work deep in the main channel of the Missouri River from Fort Yates to the south from boats using lead core with crankbaits or jigs. Check ice before venturing onto any lakes. Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Stay off of the lake yet because of its springs. Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No activity. Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: OK pike and walleye success on the Bois de Sioux River. Red River is half open, half closed with no activity. Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: No activity. Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No reports. Hunting: Waterfowl: A few waterfowl remain on the open water of Devils Lake. Waterfowl left east-central N.D. and areas around Valley City. Good Canada goose numbers remain along the east end of Lake Sakakawea with nice mallard numbers in some locations along the lake. Some geese are still around the midsection of Lake Sakakawea, as well. Good numbers are around the open water of the lake and Missouri River in the Williston area. A few thousand Canada geese are keeping some water open around Upper Souris NWR. Numbers to know: N.D. Game & Fish Department, main Bismarck office: 328-6300; website: ( gf.nd.gov). N.D. Game & Fish Department, Jamestown office: 253-6480. RAP, Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121 or (701) 328-9921. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website: ( www.fws.gov/northdakotafieldoffice ).

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