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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.

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

- March 4: Lake Sakakawea proposed land transfer meeting, New Town City Hall, 10 a.m.

- March 7: Lake Sakakawea proposed land transfer meeting, Beulah Civic Center, 10 a.m.


- Feb. 22: Lake Sakakawea, Lake Audubon, Blacktail Dam.


- NDGF Department District game wardens: Slight improving walleye success on Lake Tschida. No reports from other southwestern or west-central area lakes. Scattered pike success throughout much of the east end of Lake Sakakawea with a few walleye mixed in.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Some activity around the Hazelton boat ramp and north on Lake Oahe.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Skunk Bay producing walleye using jigs and minnows. Try 19 to 40 feet. Some nice-sized fish are showing up with some

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Skunk Bay producing walleye on Lake Sakakawea. Lake Tschida producing a few walleye and perch. No reports from other small area lakes.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Lake Sakakawea producing walleye and pike from the east end to Douglas Bay. Lake Audubon remains fair to good, as well. Work a variety of presentations and depths on both lakes.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Not many reports from Lake Tschida with more anglers going to Lake Sakakawea for pike spearing activity

- Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Some walleye and pike success on Lake Sakakawea. Pike spearing success remains fair. Lake Audubon remains fair for walleye.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River good for walleye and sauger but look for warm temperatures to rapidly deteriorate ice and shoreline access conditions. Lake Sakakawea producing large pike in the back bays. Some spearing in areas with adequate water clarity. A few scattered walleye from Tobacco Garden and White Earth Bay. Trenton Lake continues producing crappie. 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 3-inch base.

- Fort Stevenson, Garrison: Trails open and in fair condition.

- Lake Metigoshe, Bottineau: Bobcat, Beaver, and Coyote trails open and in excellent condition with 10-inch base.

Downhill skiing

- Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, Mont.: 58- to 87-inch machine groomed, powder base with 293 runs and all lifts open.

- Bridger Bowl Ski Area, Bozeman, Mont.: 77-inch machine groomed, packed 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, Red Lodge, Mont.: 51- to 53-inch machine groomed, packed powder base with all runs and 6 lifts open.

- Ski Mystic at Deer Mtn., Lead, S.D.: 28- to 46-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, West, 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