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Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

- Today: New fishing licenses due and new fishing regulations take effect, including draining live wells at the lake site.

- April 10: Spring turkey season opens.


- Lake Sakakawea elevation, Wednesday: 1,838.2 above mean sea level; 10,000 cubic feet per second Garrison Dam average daily releases.

- North Game and Fish Department District Game Wardens: Southwestern rivers starting to flow and could be ice-free this week with warm weather. Lake Sakakawea still has ice but look for open water along the shoreline soon. More anglers fishing around Bismarck-Mandan on the Missouri River with ramps open on the river below the tailrace so there's less traffic concentrating directly below the dam, which remains fair for walleye.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Missouri River is getting muddy with runoff from area creeks and rivers. Try working above the Knife River to the tailrace. Anglers were having fair walleye success prior to the start of the runoff.

- Coleharbor, Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, Lake Audubon: Look for open water along the shoreline soon.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Ice conditions deteriorating on Lake Sakakawea but not enough open water for shore fishing. Best activity remains on the Missouri River tailrace using jigs and minnows. Try around the honey hole. Bowman-Haley Dam producing walleye below the dam using spoons. Releases over from Lake Tschida so activity slowed below the dam. Heart River in Dickinson producing some walleye from shore.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Nelson Lake producing some bass success. Missouri River tailrace remains fair to good for walleye using jigs and minnows. Fair for walleye below the dam at Lake Tschida.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer's Inc., Lake Tschida: Lake Tschida is still largely iced over with little activity.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: The Missouri River is open with some walleye activity. However, the recent runoff is dirtying the water and action around Bismarck-Mandan slowed. Most anglers going north of the Heart River around Grant Marsh. Shorelines muddy with ice chunks and fishing is limited so far.

- New Town, Van Hook Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Ice conditions deteriorating but not enough open water for shoreline northern pike fishing yet. Most anglers going to the Missouri River tailrace.

- Pick City, Scott's Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/ Missouri River: Little activity from Lake Sakakawea, although anglers finding an occasional northern pike. Missouri River remains fair to good for walleye using jigs and minnows or Gulp. Try the wing walls in the morning for best walleye bite. Not much success from the rocks at night from shore.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Lake Sakakawea remains iced-over with little to no activity yet until the shorelines up more for northern pike activity.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri and Yellowstone rivers confluence has open water but is muddy. Look for open water along the shoreline of Lake Sakakawea.

- Missouri River ice-free and open boat ramps: Tailrace, Stanton, Washburn, Wilton, Grant March, Fox Island, Little Heart, Kimball Bottoms, Graner's Bottoms, MacLean Bottoms, Hazelton, Beaver Bay, Walker Bottoms, Fort Yates, Cattail Bay, Langelier's Bay, State Line.


- Big Sky, Big Sky, Mont.: 44- to 66-inch base with powder and packed-powder conditions. All runs and lifts open and operating.

- Red Lodge, Red Lodge, Mont.: 49- to 52-inch base with powder and skier-packed snow conditions. Sixty runs open and six lifts operating.

- Terry Peak, Lead, S.D.: 18- to 30-inch base with variable snow conditions. Nineteen runs open and four lifts operating.

River report

- Bear Den Creek, Mandaree: river stage 5.98 feet.

- Cannonball River, Regent: river stage 8.36 feet.

- Green River, New Hradec: river stage 12.34 feet.

- Heart River, Richardton: river stage 10.04 feet.

- Knife River, Manning: river stage 9.21 feet.

- Little Missouri, Marmath: Streamflow, 2,690 cfs; river stage, 6.8 feet.

- Little Missouri, Medora: Streamflow, 3,580 cfs; river stage, 7.88 feet.

- Little Missouri, Long X: river stage 5.25 feet.

- Missouri River, Williston: river stage 17.66 feet.

- Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: Streamflow, 5,900 cfs; river stage, 4.75 feet.


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

- NDGF Dickinson office: 701-227-7431.

- Report poachers: 800- 472-2121.