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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.

- Harassing wildlife and chasing coyotes with snowmobiles is illegal.

- Registration now open for Feb. 21 to 23 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Winter Workshop, Lake Metigoshe State Park. More information and registration available at Game and Fish Department website, (


- Feb. 1: Lake Sakakawea, Van Hook Arm.


- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District game wardens: Use caution on southwestern lake with ice lifted on some lakes with wind and warm temperatures causing runoff. Ice edges are unstable and some pressure ridges have open water. Cold temperatures then re-froze lake edges with thinner ice. Weather permitting, Lake Audubon remains fair to good for walleye.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Try the south and northeast sides of Lake Audubon. Cattail Bay hit-and-miss but those taken are nice-sized.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Limited activity due to weather on Lake Sakakawea and small area lakes.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Indian Creek Dam slowing for perch success. No reports from Lake Tschida. Lake Sakakawea fair for pike in 20 to 30 feet.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Cold and wind limiting activity but look for continued success on both Lake Audubon and Lake Sakakawea with improving weather.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: State Line on Lake Oahe fair for walleye. Lake Audubon fair for small walleye.

- Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River has limited activity and success. Try jigs and minnows, though. Lake Sakakawea producing some success. Move around, although Wolf Creek remains fair to good for pike. OK spearing success. Lake Audubon good for small walleye.

- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Van Hook Arm remains somewhat slow with occasional walleye.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River muddied up with runoff in earlier warm spell. Tobacco Garden on Lake Sakakawea producing walleye with most in the 1-pound range. A few anglers working White Earth Bay. Limited reports from small area lakes, although try Blacktail Dam and Springbrook Dam for perch. Overall, cold weather limited activity.

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

- Cross Ranch, Hensler: Trails open but in poor condition with 1- to 3-inch base.

- Fort Stevenson, Garrison: Wind blew snow into the trees but trails are groomed and packed. North Loop in good condition but some trails may have broken tree branches and varying snow conditions.

Downhill skiing

- Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, Mont.: 42- to 63-inch machine groomed, powder base with 281 runs and all lifts open.

- Bridger Bowl, Bozeman, Mont.: 63-inch machine groomed base with all runs and lifts open.

- Huffs Hills, Mandan: 19- to 22-inch base with 9 runs, 2 lifts, and tow open.

- Red Lodge Ski Area, Red Lodge, Mont.: 52-inch base with all runs and 6 lifts open.

- Ski Mystic at Deer Mtn., Lead, S.D.: 20- to 42-inch machine groomed base with 40 runs and 4 lifts open.

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

Snowmobile North Dakota

- East Central Valley (Cass and Richland counties): Fargo East and West trails now open with 6- to 7-inch base.

- Lake Region (Nelson and Ramsey counties): Trail 3 open with 6- to 12-inch base.

- North-central (Benson, McHenry, Pierce, Ramsey, and Towner counties): Trails 1 and 3 open.

- Northeast (Cavalier, Pembina, and Walsh counties: All trails except Cruisers and Cavalier open with 5- to 7-inch base.

- Peace Garden (Bottineau and Rolette counties): Trails 4, 4A, 4B, portions of Trail 1 and Trail 5 open with 5-inch base.

- Red River North (Pembina and Walsh counties): All trails open and groomed with 6-inch base.

- Red River South (Grand Forks and Walsh counties): East and West trails open with 6- to 8-inch base.

- Southern Valley (Richland County): Trails open and groomed with 4- to 8-inch base.

- Sno Trails (Bottineau, McHenry, Renville, and Ward counties): All trails except Velva and Lansford open with 8-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