Dakota recreation report for November 13, 2009
Jamestown Sun Dakota Recreation Report Nov. 13 2009 Patricia Stockdill Fishing: Devil Lake elevation, Nov. 11: 1,449.89 feet above mean sea level (msl). Stump Lake elevation, Nov. 11: 1,450.06 msl. Lake Sakakawea elevation, Nov. 11: 1,841.4 msl w...
Dakota Recreation Report
Nov. 13 2009
Devil Lake elevation, Nov. 11: 1,449.89 feet above mean sea level (msl).
Stump Lake elevation, Nov. 11: 1,450.06 msl.
Lake Sakakawea elevation, Nov. 11: 1,841.4 msl with 12,500 cubic feet per second Garrison Dam average daily releases.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. Game Wardens: Red River producing catfish and walleye, although river levels remain high. Missouri River remains good for walleye from the tailrace to about 2 miles down river.
Devils Lake, Ed's Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Not many anglers out but those going continue fishing the bridges with some walleye success.
Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay: Not many anglers but those going continue finding walleye. Try trolling crankbaits or jigging along the bridges.
Jamestown Reservoir, Dan's Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Limited activity with deer season underway.
Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Deer hunting activity limiting any fishing activity, including from shore.
Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: No activity on Lake Sakakawea
Lake Sakakawea, Scott's Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Missouri River continues producing good walleye with better success from boat than shore. Try live bait or plastics. There's still shore-fishing success at night from the rocks with crankbaits.
Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Continued walleye activity on the Missouri River around the Bismarck-Mandan area and north from the tailrace south a couple of miles.
Pipestem Reservoir, Dan's Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No reports.
Spiritwood Lake, Dan's Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No reports.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. Game Wardens: Standing row crops holding deer, although harvest is progressing so deer should be moving more. East-central deer hunters finding fewer deer. Large numbers of geese moving through in central and west-central N.D. Remember, the deer head must also accompany the carcass to its final destination.
North-central N.D.: Warm weather re-opened area wetlands and lakes. A few more snow geese in the areas with some ducks still around.
Northeast N.D.: Some birds remain in the area, including numbers of snow geese. However, many have moved out. Most ducks moved out, as well.
Southeast N.D.: Lots of geese, by the thousands, in the area.
West-central N.D.: Lots of geese, including snows, lesser, and giant Canada geese moving through the area. Birds are tough to decoy. Sunflower harvest is progressing with more pheasants showing up. Lots of deer hunting activity on public areas. Fair deer success at best, though, with warm weather, lots of cover, and fewer deer.
Arrowwood Nat'l. Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Pingree: Snow goose migration in full gear with birds throughout much of the area. Arrowwood and Hobart Lake refuges holding several thousand Canada geese yet, too. Ducks spread out throughout the area with birds moving out and new ones moving in.
J. Clark Salyer NWR, Upham: Most snow geese left although some continue moving through. Some Canada geese remain in the area but warm weather is allowing them to not have to feed hard. Not many ducks left, either.
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 ).