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Dakota Recreation Report

Seasons closing

- Dec. 24: Canada geese statewide with exception of Missouri River Zone.

- Jan. 1: Light geese, Missouri River Zone Canada goose.

- Jan. 3: Pheasant, ruffed grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, partridge, tree squirrels, archery deer, High Plain Duck Unit.


- 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: 1,840.5 feet above mean sea level; 15,000 cubic feet per second average Garrison Dam daily releases.

- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District Game Wardens: Some small northern pike and perch activity on Odland Dam. Blickensderfer Dam producing bluegill. West end of Lake Tschida fair for walleye. Some small walleye and perch activity on Lake Audubon with the lake iced over. Weather permitting, anglers still finding walleye success on the Missouri River tailrace.

- Bowman, Bowman-Haley Dam Marina, Bowman-Haley Dam: Some activity starting with fair success.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Some activity on Lake Audubon around the east cabin site or south side around Nelson Bay.

- Coleharbor, Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, Lake Audubon: Refuge auto tour route is open along with all six access points. Some houses starting to move onto the lake but no reports on success.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Some northern pike and sauger activity at Tobacco Garden on Lake Sakakawea. Try jigs and minnows in 15 to 30 feet. Some walleye mixed in. Odland Dam producing smaller northern pike and perch. Camel Hump Dam fair for trout. Indian Creek fair for perch in the 10-inch range.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Tobacco Garden on Lake Sakakawea producing a mix of sauger and walleye with good numbers of small northern pike. Try 20 to 30 feet using jigging spoons. Indian Creek slow though a few perch and walleye are being taken. Odland Dam fair for pike and perch. Try small jigs and wax worms on perch or smelt with tip-ups for pike.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer's Inc., Lake Tschida: Cold weather limiting activity but the lake is gaining ice.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Area lakes and Lake Oahe are gaining ice but limited activity with cold weather. Look for more reports with warmer weather as anglers can get out.

- New Town, Van Hook Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: No activity on the Van Hook Arm yet with part of the arm iced over.

- Pick City, Scott's Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Cold weather limiting activity on the Missouri River tailrace. No reports from Lake Sakakawea with the main lake still open.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: More anglers are getting on the ice at Tobacco Garden on Lake Sakakawea with fair success.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea: Lakes are gaining ice with some activity on Lake Sakakawea. Still somewhat slow but occasional walleye. Best bite is at night. Try the channel in a variety of depths. Small area lakes doing OK with Blacktail Dam producing perch and bluegill. Anglers finding nice-sized perch at Springbrook. Kota Ray Dam producing trout. No report from Trenton Lake on crappie.


- NDGF District Game Wardens: Zone 1 mountain lion season closed. Fair Canada goose numbers along the Missouri River from about Wilton north. Pheasant hunting getting more difficult with birds becoming extremely wary with most on private land.

- Northwest: Continued fair pheasant success with some geese remaining on areas with open water. Most moved out, however.

- Southwest: Pheasant success remains fair.

- West-central: Good numbers of big Canada geese remain on the open water of the Missouri River and Lake Sakakawea with some mallards still present, as well. Pheasants sitting in tighter in colder weather but look for more activity with warm weather.

Ski report, Tuesday

- Big Sky, Big Sky, Mont.: 1 inch new snow on 40-inch base with 84 runs -- 52 percent -- open and 10 lifts operating.

- Huff Hills, Mandan: 12-inch base with an inch of new snow early in the week. One lift and bunny tow open with four runs open and groomed.

- Red Lodge, Red Lodge, Mont.: 30-inch base with packed powder conditions. 46 runs open and four lifts operating.

- Terry Peak, Lead, S.D.: 1 inch new snow on 12-to 18-inch base. Three lifts operating and six runs open.

Numbers to know

- NDGF main Bismarck office: 701-328-6300; Web site,

- NDGF Dickinson office:701-227-7431.

- Report poachers: 800- 472-2121.

- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bismarck, Web site,