Dak Rec Report: Dec. 18

Jamestown Sun Dakota Recreation Report Dec. 18, 2015 Patricia Stockdill Outdoor Notes: Ice is never completely safe. Avoid areas with vegetation, moving water, pressure ridges, and springs. Check with local bait shops for any ice condition inform...

Jamestown Sun

Dakota Recreation Report

Dec. 18, 2015

Patricia Stockdill

Outdoor Notes:


Ice is never completely safe. Avoid areas with vegetation, moving water, pressure ridges, and springs. Check with local bait shops for any ice condition information.

Reminder that it's illegal to chase, harass, and pursue any wildlife, including coyotes and other predators.

Dec. 19: Fargo-Moorhead Christmas Bird Count (CBC).

Dec. 19: Devils Lake CBC. Meet at Cedar Inn, 7:30 a.m.

Dec. 20: Grand Forks-East Grand Forks CBC.

Dec. 24: Canada goose season closes.


Devils Lake elevation, Dec. 16: 1,450.07 feet above mean sea level (MSL).


Stump Lake elevation: 1,450.58 MSL.

Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,840.4 MSL; 15,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Look for better ice conditions with more seasonal weather. However, with variable at best conditions prior to the cold and snow, solid clear ice remains limited and extreme caution is recommended. Fishing reports are sporadic although some early ice walleye success is coming from back bays of some lakes in shallower water. Try bright jigs and minnows. Some limited activity on area lakes but ice depth is extremely variable and difficult to identify marginal areas due to snow cover. Look for open spots on some lakes, including Dry Lake, which was open earlier in the week. Devils Lake is icing over and is best to be avoided, although there is some walleye activity in the coulees farther north. Extreme is still advised there, however. Limited activity on Lake Audubon. No activity on Lake Sakakawea. The lake is still open west of White Earth Bay.

Devils Lake, Ed's Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Devils Lake is transitioning to ice-over with no activity and bays should be avoided yet. Some walk-on activity on small area lakes, but caution is imperative.

Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: No reports with little activity due to poor ice.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay, Devils Lake: Some walk-on activity at Lake Irvine, Minnewaukan Flats, and Pelican Lake but ice depth varies and extreme caution is recommended. The main lake is still open.

Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: A good number of anglers walking onto area lakes with some success, however ice conditions vary and can be marginal in some locations.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Some walk-on activity on area lakes, weather permitting, but ice conditions are marginal in many areas and activity has slacked off.


Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: A little more activity on small area lakes but ice remains questionable in many areas. No reports from Jamestown Reservoir.

Lake Ashtabula, Ashtabula Crossing, Luverne: The upper end of the lake around the crossing opened up. No activity with open water and unsafe ice.

Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: No activity with poor ice conditions, snow on top of the ice, and the possibility of open water in some places of Lake Ashtabula.

Lake Audubon, 6-Mile Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Bait shop closed until Lake Audubon has walkable ice.

Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Weather slowed boat activity on Lake Sakakawea. Some walleye activity on Lake Audubon but watch ice conditions with springs and additional snow cover.

Lake Sakakawea, Scott's Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Missouri River tailrace remains fair at night using crankbaits, although limited activity. Not many boats in the tailrace but it has produced an occasional walleye with a few small walleye from the wing walls. Overall activity is extremely light, however.

Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: No new reports.

Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Little activity and be sure to check ice conditions on area lakes before venturing out.

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

Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No activity.

Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Anglers have their pick of 14- to 17-inch walleye ice fishing on the Bois de Sioux River or casting jigs and Mr. Twisters on open areas of the Red River for larger walleye.

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

Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No reports.


Deer: Look for more deer movement for late season archery hunting with colder, more seasonal weather.

Pheasants: Numbers remain good in the Lonetree WMA area with light hunting activity. Late season pheasant hunters continue finding good numbers of birds but jumpy. Work a mix of cover with birds out in corn and edges of CRP, sloughs, and cattail sloughs in better weather.

Predators: Some coyote activity with fair success.

Waterfowl: Some waterfowl remain on the open water of Lake Ashtabula and are keeping the water open in some areas. Ducks and geese remain around the east end of Lake Sakakawea on the open water of the bays, as well as the Missouri River. A few birds still scattered around the midsection of the lake.

Numbers to know:

N.D. Game & Fish Department, main Bismarck office: 328-6300; website: (

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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: ( ).

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