Dakota Recreation Report
By: Patricia Stockdill, The Dickinson Press
* Remember to properly identify unoccupied fish houses.
* 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.
* Friday: Missouri River Canada Goose Zone closes.
* Jan. 6: Pheasant, partridge, squirrel, sharp-tailed grouse, archery deer and ruffed grouse seasons closes.
* Jan. 13: Fall turkey season closes.
* Lake Sakakawea elevation, Tuesday: 1,829.7 feet above mean sea level; 16,000 cubic feet per second Garrison Dam average daily releases. 32 F tailrace temperature.
* North Dakota Game and Fish Department District game wardens: Keep trash off lakes and access points. Lake Tschida slow for walleye. Sheep Creek Dam fair for walleye. Raleigh Reservoir and North Lemmon Lake producing a few small perch. Lake Audubon spotty for walleye.
* Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: No reports from the Missouri River or small area lakes west of the river. Lake Audubon remains fair for small walleye.
* Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Tobacco Garden remains good for walleye in 30 to 40 feet on Lake Sakakawea. Try the back side of Lake Tschida around Crappie Creek in 30 feet for walleye. Camels Hump Dam producing a few bluegill and trout. Indian Creek fair for perch. Lake Ilo fair for pike.
* Dickinson, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Indian Creek Dam continues producing perch with some walleye mixed in. Look for continue pike success on Lake Sakakawea.
* Garrison, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Continued walleye success on Lake Audubon.
* Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Cold weather limiting reports.
* Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Missouri River remains slow with walleye success around the casino also slowing. Limited reports from small area lakes.
* Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Limited activity on the Missouri River with the cold weather, though the few boat anglers that are going out are finding some walleye. Lake Audubon producing some perch with numbers of small walleye.
* New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Some anglers starting to ice fish on Van Hook Arm but success is limited. Most activity is on the north end where ice conditions are better. The river around New Town is producing a mix of sauger, saugeye, and walleye.
* Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Continued good sauger success around Tobacco Garden on Lake Sakakawea.
* Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Improving walleye and sauger success around Lewis and Clark State Park, Tobacco Garden, and Lund’s Landing with continued pike success on Lake Sakakawea. Missouri River starting to produce some walleye. Increasing activity on small area lakes.
*B ig Sky Resort, Big Sky, Mont.: 38- to 58-inch machine groomed, packed powder conditions. Two lifts and 148 runs open. Eight jumps and 40 rails available at Terrain Park.
* Bridger Bowl, Bozeman, Mont.: 40-inch machine groomed, packed powder conditions. All runs and lifts open.
* Huff Hills, Mandan: 12- to 20-inch base with trace of new snow. One lift, one tow and six runs open and groomed.
* Red Lodge Resort, Red Lodge, Mont.: 24- to 30-inch machine groomed base. 18 runs and five lifts open.
* Terry Peak, Lead, S.D.: 16- to 20-inch base with five run and three lifts open.
Cross-country ski trails
* Cross Ranch, Hensler: Trails open with about 4-inch snow depth. Fair condition.
* Fort Stevenson, Garrison: Trails open but in poor condition.
* Trails closed until grooming can take place.
Numbers to know
* NDGF main Bismarck office: 701-328-6300; website http://gf.nd.gov.
* NDGF Dickinson office: 701-227-7431.
* Report All Poachers: 800-472-2121.
* U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website www.fws.gov/northdakotafieldoffice.