Dakota Recreation Report
By: Patricia Stockdill, The Dickinson Press
- Saturday: Sheep Creek; 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 Wednesday: 1,838.2 msl; 16,000 cubic feet per second Garrison Dam average daily releases.
- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District Game Wardens: North Lemmon Lake producing good numbers of nice-sized perch with a few trout mixed in. Lake Tschida producing some walleye on the north shore prior to wind earlier in the wind. Not much recent activity at Raleigh Reservoir though earlier anglers were getting a mix of small bluegill, northern pike and perch. Recent snow making a mess of lake access in the southwest. East end of Lake Sakakwea slowed with access becoming more difficult. Weather permitting, anglers are still on the Missouri River though walleye success slowed somewhat.
- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Scattered reports of perch from the east end of Lake Sakakawea. Mixed reports from Sweetbriar Dam. Move around. Snowmobiles and portable houses are the best access to most area lakes.
- Coleharbor, Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, Lake Audubon: Drifting and blowing snow is making access onto the south side of Lake Audubon more difficult.
- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Skunk, McKenzie and Mossett bays on Lake Sakakawea somewhat slow with occasional, scattered sauger and walleye success. Try 30 to 40 feet. Indian Creek producing nice-sized perch with lots of activity. Bowman-Haley Dam fair for smaller walleye. Lake Tschida fair for 11- to 15-inch walleye on the back side of the lake. Camels Hump Dam continues producing trout.
- Dickinson, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Odland Dam likely suffered winter fish losses. Indian Creek fair for perch and walleye. Van Hook Arm on Lake Sakakawea slow. McKenzie Bay fair for sauger and walleye. Try jigging spoons. No reports from Skunk Bay.
- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Anglers moving a lot of houses from Sweetbriar Dam with limited access. Not many reports from Lake Tschida.
- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Access limiting activity on area lakes.
- New Town, Van Hook Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Limited walleye success with some perch showing up. Access is OK from the boat ramp.
- Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Weather permitting, anglers finding some spotty walleye success on the east end of Lake Sakakawea. Lake Audubon remains quiet. Missouri River remains good from boats using jigs and minnows or Gulp. Try coal veins or honey hole. Limited activity from wing walls when they’re open.
- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Area fishing generally slow with limited reports.
- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea: Fishing success hit a lull on Lake Sakakawea and small area lakes with access also somewhat of a limiting factor.
- Cattail (Steele, Cass, & Traill counties): 12-snow depth. Trails open, groomed, and in good condition.
- East Central Valley (Fargo, Casselton): 6- to 8-inch snow depth. Trails open and in good condition. Last groomed the first week of February.
- Lake Region (Devils Lake area): 9-inch snow depth. Trail open and in good condition. Last groomed Jan. 28 and 29. Beware of thin ice on all water bodies.
- May-Port (Mayville-Portland areas): 9-snow depth. Trails open, groomed and in good condition.
- Missouri Valley (Bismarck, Linton): 9-snow depth. Trails open, groomed and in good condition.
- North Central (Rugby, Leeds): 9-inch snow depth. All trails in the western part of the system are open and in good condition but ungroomed. Beware of thin ice. Remaining portion of the trail system closed.
- Northeast (Cavalier, Langdon, Edinburg): 9-snow depth. Trails open, groomed and in good condition.
- Peace Garden (Bottineau, Rolla): 10-inch snow depth. Section of the trail open and groomed. Beware of thin ice. Lakes ungroomed.
- Red River North (Grafton): 8-snow depth. Trails open, groomed and in good condition.
- Red River South (Grand Forks, Fordville, Manvel): 10-inch snow depth. Trail open with West and East loops groomed.
- Sargent County (Sargent and Richland counties): 10-snow depth. Trails open, groomed and in good condition.
- Sheyenne Valley (Jamestown, Valley City, Lisbon, Oakes): 9-inch snow depth. Trail open with portion north of Fort Ransom and Dickey groomed. Those trails south of there were groomed in early February. Trails in good condition.
- Sno-Trails (Minot): 15-inch snow depth. Trails open, groomed and in good condition.
- Southern Valley (Wahpeton, Mooreton areas): 9-inch snow depth. Trails open, groomed and in good condition.
- Big Sky, Big Sky, Mont.: 44- to 66-inch base with packed powder, machine-groomed snow conditions. All runs open and lifts operating.
- Huff Hills, Mandan: 19- to 36-inch base with all runs and lifts open. Open Thursday through Monday.
- Red Lodge, Red Lodge, Mont.: 35- to 37-inch base with packed powder conditions and 3 inches new snow. Fifty seven runs open and six lifts operating.
- Terry Peak, Lead, S.D.: 18- to 32-inch base with machine-made and machine-groomed snow conditions. Four inches new snow. Twenty seven runs open with all 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.