Dakota Recreation Report
By: Patricia Stockdill, The Dickinson Press
- Wednesday: Spring turkey applications due.
- Saturday: Lake Sakakawea, Van Hook Arm.
- Feb. 13: Sheep Creek Dam; Lake Audubon.
- Feb. 20: Lake Sakakawea, Tobacco Garden.
- Feb. 20 and 21: Lake Sakakawea, Skunk Bay.
- Ice is never completely safe. Use caution, especially in areas with vegetation and around bridges and check conditions locally before venturing out.
- Lake Sakakawea elevation, Feb. 2: 1,838.5 feet above mean sea level; 17,500 cubic feet per second average Garrison Dam daily releases.
- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District Game Wardens: Camels Hump Dam producing a few trout. Odland Dam remains slow. Lake Audubon, remains quiet. Some walleye and perch activity around Centennial Bay of Lake Sakakawea. South side of Lake Sakakwea slow. Northern pike also slow. Watch ice conditions around the Williston area with increased Fort Peck releases. Avoid ice in that area.
- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Lots of angling activity with a mix of perch, bluegill, walleye, and northern pike from Sweetbriar Dam. East end of Lake Sakakawea has walleye activity but water is a little murky for spearing. A few anglers trying the old Fort Rice boat ramp on Missouri River south of Mandan and around Cattail and Beaver bays, finding a few walleye and northern pike.
- Coleharbor, Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, Lake Audubon: 4-wheel drive needed on auto tour route and lake access points. Refuge side of Lake Audubon remains slow with limited activity.
- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Lake Sakakawea producing sauger in 35 to 45 north of New Town. Mossett Bay fair for sauger and perch using spoons and jigs tipped with minnows in 40 feet. McKenzie Bay somewhat slow, although a few walleye taken in 18 to 20 feet. Skunk Bay fair sauger in 32 to 40 feet. Indian Creek producing some 10- to 14-inch perch with best success in the morning. Lake Tschida fair for walleye with most success in Crappie Creek. Odland Dam slow with possible winter kill.
- Dickinson, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Indian Creek remains steady for perch and walleye using minnow heads with jigging spoons. Sweetbriar steady for perch and walleye. Tobacco Garden on Lake Sakakawea slowed with a few walleye and northern pike taken. Use caution with increased Fort Peck releases and water through the ice. Some walleye activity in the New Town area.
- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Cold weather and limited access limiting activity on Lake Tschida.
- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Access remains limited on small area lakes with little activity.
- New Town, Van Hook Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: A few more anglers on the ice with slow to fair walleye and sauger. Some water on the ice.
- Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Limited walleye activity on east end of Lake Sakakawea with some perch taken. No reports from northern pike. Missouri River remains fair for walleye when ramp is accessible with boats. Try jigs and minnows.
- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Little activity.
- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea: Lake Sakakawea continues producing walleye with most activity on the south side in deeper water. Try working from Tobacco Garden to Phelps Bay.
- Cattail (Steele, Cass, and Traill counties): 10-inch snow depth. Trail open, groomed, and in good condition.
- East Central Valley (Fargo, Casselton): 8-inch snow depth. Trail open, groomed, and in good condition.
- Lake Region (Devils Lake area): 8-inch snow depth. Trail open, groomed, and in good condition. Beware of thin ice on lakes.
- May-Port (Mayville-Portland areas): 9-inch snow depth. Trail open, groomed, and in good condition.
- Missouri Valley (Bismarck, Linton): 8-inch snow depth. Trail open, groomed, and in good condition with exception of Moffit, River and Hague trails, which aren’t groomed.
- North Central (Rugby, Leeds): 8-inch snow depth. Trail open, groomed, and in good condition. Trails 1, 2 and 3 closed.
- Northeast (Cavalier, Langdon, Edinburg): 8-inch snow depth. Trail open, groomed, and in good condition.
- Peace Garden (Bottineau, Rolla): 8-inch snow depth. Trail open, groomed, and in good condition, however lakes aren’t groomed. Beware of thin ice.
- Red River North (Grafton): 7-inch snow depth. Trail open, groomed, and in good condition with exception of Trail CR 4, which is closed.
- Red River South (Grand Forks, Fordville, Manvel): 8-inch snow depth. Trail open and groomed.
- Sargent County (Sargent and Richland counties): 9-inch snow depth. Trail open, groomed, and in good condition.
- Sheyenne Valley (Jamestown, Valley City, Lisbon, Oakes): 8-inch snow depth. Trail open, groomed, and in good condition with exception of trails J-1, J-2, J-3, V-1, and V-3, which aren’t groomed.
- Sno-Trails (Minot): 15-inch snow depth. Trail open, groomed, and in good condition.
- Southern Valley (Wahpeton, Mooreton areas): 8-inch snow depth. Trail open, groomed and in good condition.
- Big Sky, Big Sky, Mont.: 40- to 63-inch base with 7 inches new snow over past week. All runs, lifts and Terrain Park open.
- Huff Hills, Mandan: 15- 29-inch base with all runs and Terrain Park open. Two lifts operating.
- Red Lodge, Red Lodge, Mont.: 34- to 46-inch base with packed powder, hard packed, and groomed conditions. Three inches new snow in past week with additional dusting early in the week. Six lifts operating and 57 out of 65 runs open.
- Terry Peak, Lead, S.D.: 18- to 30-inch base with all runs open and lifts operating.
Numbers to know
- NDGF main Bismarck office: 701- 328-6300; Web site, http://gf.nd.gov.
- NDGF Dickinson office: 701-227-7431.
- Report poachers: 800-472-2121.
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bismarck, Web site, www.fws.gov/northdakotafieldoffice.