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Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

- Nov. 24: Deer gun and early season zone 1 mountain lion seasons close.

- Nov. 25: Mountain lion zone 1 late season opens.

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- Nov. 25: North Dakota Game and Fish Department advisory board meeting, Williston MDU Building, Williston, 7 p.m.

- Nov. 26: NDGF Department advisory board meeting, Hazen Golf Course, Hazen, 7 p.m.

- Nov. 29: Muzzleloader deer season opens.


- NDGF Department District game wardens: No reports.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Limited activity on the Missouri River but try Cattail Bay for eater-sized fish. Tailrace producing some catfish.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: No reports from Lake Sakakawea or small area lakes.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Limited reports from Lake Sakakawea and small area lakes.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Lake Sakakawea, Lake Audubon, and Missouri River are all generally quiet.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: No reports.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Missouri River remains generally quiet and slow.

- Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Limited angling activity on Lake Sakakawea and the Missouri River, although an occasional walleye from shore on the river. Limited walleye success west of Beulah Bay on Lake Sakakawea. Try a variety of depths.

- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Continued good walleye activity, wind, and weather permitting. Work deep in 20 to 30 feet with jigs and minnows throughout the Van Hook Arm.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: No reports from Lake Sakakawea.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River fair to good for walleye and sauger. A few boats going out on Lake Sakakawea but fish are deep in White Earth Bay. Small area lakes are icing over but unsafe yet for access.


- Northwest N.D.: Continued fair pheasant success around the Williston area. Fair deer success, given the fewer numbers. Small area lakes iced over so Canada geese moved onto the midsection of Lake Sakakawea. Look for good numbers until ice-up.

- Southwest N.D.: Ongoing corn harvest is helping pheasant hunters find more birds. Good numbers of hunters out, as well. Limited deer success so far.

- West-central N.D.: Good numbers of waterfowl along Lake Sakakawea and Lake Audubon with cold weather icing over smaller water bodies and pushing birds to remaining open water. Not many reports on deer success, although it could improve when corn harvest is done and the rut is fully underway.

- Western N.D.: Not much deer success.

Numbers to know

- NDGF Department main Bismarck office: 701-328-6300; website (

- NDGF Department Dickinson office: 701-227-7431.

- Report All Poachers: 800-472-2121.

- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website: (

Patricia Stockdill