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Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

- Avoid walking on ice yet on small area lakes and when hunting.

- Nov. 24: Deer gun and mountain lion Zone 1 early seasons closes.

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

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

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

- Nov 29: Deer muzzleloader season opens.


- NDGF Department District game wardens: Ice conditions remain unsafe for access. Some activity on Lake Audubon and on Douglas Bay on Lake Sakakawea.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Some recent reports of walleye and catfish success on the Missouri River tailrace. Avoid small area lakes yet until ice conditions improve.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Continued good walleye success in the Van Hook Arm on Lake Sakakawea working 30 to 40 feet with jigs and minnows. Try Shell Village, as well.

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

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Limited activity, although a few anglers are fishing the Missouri River tailrace and finding a few small walleye.

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

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Not much activity, although look for some activity around Cattail Bay on Lake Oahe.

- Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: West side access to the Missouri River tailrace remains closed for roadwork. A mix of walleye, salmon, and trout success at night from the rocks along shore in the Missouri River tailrace. Limited angler numbers on Lake Sakakawea or Lake Audubon but those going out are finding a few small walleye from both lakes. Work 20 feet and deeper.

- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Some walleye activity in the Van Hook Arm.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Limited activity.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Fair for sauger on the Missouri River from the pump house to the confluence. Small area lakes are icing over but give the ice more time to improve before accessing.


- NDGF Department game wardens: Good numbers of waterfowl along Lake Sakakawea but birds are scattered and spotty with fair success. Deer hunters are struggling to find deer but the rut is getting underway.

- Northwest N.D.: Geese remain along the midsection of Lake Sakakawea. Fair deer success around the Williston area.

- Southwest N.D.: Limited deer success but pheasant activity remains strong.

- West-central N.D.: Some Canada geese showing up along the Missouri River south of Bismarck. Good numbers of Canada geese with a mix of lessers, snows, and blues along with mallards on area large, open water bodies of the Missouri River System. Mixed deer success. Fair pheasant numbers along areas of Lake Sakakawea with slower success along the south shore. Deer hunting is slow.

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