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Dakota Recreation Report

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.

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- Harassing wildlife and chasing coyotes with snowmobiles is illegal.

- Remember to remove valuables from icehouses when leaving to reduce theft potential.

- Register now for State Historical Society Heritage Outbound Winter Adventure, Feb. 8. Go to ( for information and pre-registration.


- Jan. 18: Missouri River, Bismarck-Mandan.

- Jan. 25: Lake Sakakawea, Tobacco Garden.


- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District game wardens: Weather limiting activity but those going to Indian Creek Dam are finding slower perch success at times. Patterson Lake producing a few crappie and smaller walleye. Sheep Creek Dam slowed for crappie and bluegill. Access to most southwestern lakes remains fair to good. Limited activity on Lake Sakakawea and Lake Audubon.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Crooked Crown Butte Dam fair for bluegill, perch, and bass. Sweetbriar Dam has a night bite for walleye — about 5 p.m. to midnight in 12 feet. Fish Creek fair for trout and crappie. Nelson Bay on Lake Audubon remains fair for walleye and perch. Some activity on Lake Oahe but no reports.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Tobacco Garden on Lake Sakakawea remains good in 30 to 40 feet for sauger and walleye. Good numbers of perch from Indian Creek Dam with a few walleye mixed in. Lake Ilo fair for pike. Camels Hump Dam producing a few trout. Patterson Lake slow.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Indian Creek fair for perch and walleye. Continued pike and walleye success on Lake Sakakawea. Try 20 feet and deeper. Lake Tschida remains limited with light activity yet. Patterson Lake continues producing walleye and perch.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Not much activity.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Try an afternoon and evening bite on Lake Audubon for walleye. Some activity on the perch lakes north and east of Bismarck. No reports from the Missouri River.

- Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Limited reports with cold weather limiting activity.

- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Cold weather limiting activity in the Van Hook Arm.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Spotty success with limited activity due to cold weather.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River continues producing walleye and sauger around the confluence, pump house, and points. Steady walleye bite around Tobacco Garden and the guard camp. Perch action remains good on Blacktail Dam. Trenton Lake producing pike and crappie.

North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department state parks cross-country ski trails

- Cross Ranch, Hensler: Trails open and in good condition with 6- to 8-inch base.

- Fort Stevenson, Garrison: Trails in good condition and groomed for the weekend.

Downhill skiing

- Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, Mont.: 39- to 58-inch base with machine groomed, powder conditions. All runs and lifts open.

- Bridger Bowl, Bozeman, Mont.: 69-inch machine groomed, packed powder base with all runs and lifts open.

- Huffs Hills, Mandan: 19- to 22-inch base with 9 runs, 1 lift, and 1 tow open.

- Red Lodge Ski Area, Red Lodge, Mont.: 65-inch packed powder, powder base with 65 runs and 6 lifts open.

- Ski Mystic at Deer Mtn., Lead, S.D.: 16- to 42-inch base with 40 runs and all lifts open.

- Terry Peak, Lead, S.D.: 18- to 26-inch base with 27 runs and 4 lifts open.


North Dakota

- East Central Valley (Cass and Richland counties): Fargo East and West trails now open and groomed.

- Red River North (Pembina and Walsh counties): All trails open and groomed with 4- 5-inch base.

- Southern Valley (Richland County): Trails open and groomed with 4- to 5-inch base.

- Sno Trails (Bottineau, McHenry, Renville, and Ward counties): Deering, Glenburn, Granville, Minot, Surrey, and Towner trails open and groomed with 6-inch base.

- All other trails closed.

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