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

- Feb. 15: Spring light goose season opens.

- Feb. 18: North Dakota Game and Fish Department deer management meeting, Dickinson Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge, 7 p.m.

- Feb. 25: NDGF Department deer management meeting, Bismarck, Game and Fish main office, 100 N. Bismarck Expressway, 7 p.m.


- Feb. 22: Blacktail Dam, Lake Audubon.


- NDGF Department District game wardens: More anglers are out on southwest-central area lakes with a mix of scattered success. No reports from southwestern lakes. Lake Sakakawea remains fair to good for walleye and pike.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Some spearing success on Lake Sakakawea at Wolf Creek and Beulah Bay. Limited activity on the Missouri River and Lake Oahe.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Lake Sakakawea has lots of activity at Skunk Bay with fair to good walleye and sauger success in 27 to 40 feet. Lake Ilo fair for pike. Indian Creek Dam remains good for perch. Patterson Lake fair for small walleye with occasional perch and crappie.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Not many reports from Patterson Lake. Lake Sakakawea producing limited walleye and pike numbers. Lake Tschida fair for small walleye and perch with some crappie mixed in.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Lake Sakakawea remains fair for walleye. Try the east end or Douglas Bay in a variety of depths, including as deep as 40 feet. Work the humps on the east end. Pike mixed in with the walleye. Lake Audubon also fair for walleye.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Not much change on the Missouri River, although Eckroth Bottoms has increasing activity with improving success. Also try the State Line. Fish Creek producing trout.

- Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Lake Sakakawea continues producing some walleye around Sakakawea State Park. Try Wolf Creek for pike spearing. Lake Audubon fair for eater-sized walleye. Missouri River remains slow.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Spotty sauger success around Tobacco Garden.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River fair to good for walleye and sauger. Trenton Lake fair for crappie. Lake Sakakawea producing walleye with fish moving quite a bit. Blacktail Dam fair for perch.

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

- Cross Ranch, Hensler: Trails open and in fair condition with 2- to 4-inch base.

- Fort Stevenson, Garrison: Trails remain in fair condition due to lack of snow and icy conditions in some areas.

- Lake Metigoshe, Bottineau: Bobcat, Beaver, and Coyote trails open and in excellent condition with 12-inch base.

Downhill skiing

- Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, Mont.: 56- to 84-inch packed powder, powder base with 293 runs and 29 lifts open.

- Bridger Bowl Ski Area, Bozeman, Mont.: 77-inch machine groomed, powder 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- to 53-inch machine groomed, packed powder base with 65 runs and 6 lifts open.

- Ski Mystic at Deer Mtn., Lead, S.D.: 26- to 48-inch machine groomed base with 40 runs and 4 lifts open.

- Terry Peak, Lead, S.D.: 18- to 28-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 2 and 3 open with 6- to 12-inch base.

- North-central (Benson, McHenry, Pierce, Ramsey, and Towner counties): Trails 1, 2, and 3 open with 4-inch base.

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

- Peace Garden (Bottineau and Rolette counties): Trails 1 through 5 open with 4-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): All 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, Kramer, and Lansford open 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