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Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

- Wednesday: Wildlife Wednesday, 7 p.m., North Dakota Game and Fish Department, 100 North Bismarck Expressway. Topic: Fur trapping techniques and history.


- Jan. 29: Lake Sakakawea, Tobacco Garden.


Ice is never completely safe. Use caution, especially around bridges and areas with vegetation. Check local conditions before venturing onto ice. Let someone know your location and estimated return time.

- Lake Sakakawea elevation, Tuesday: 1,840.7 feet above mean sea level; 24,300 cubic feet per second Garrison Dam average daily releases.

- NDGF Game Wardens: Don't harass wildlife with snowmobiles and avoid areas holding deer. A few anglers on Lake Audubon but success is fair at best. Anglers accessing off the East Totten boat ramp. Weather permitting, anglers are on the Missouri River tailrace but there could be ice around ramp. Some activity along the rocks in the evening along the Missouri River tailrace, weather permitting. Also try the wing walls.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Froehlich Dam producing keeper-sized bluegill, northern pike and walleye. Try the west side of Sweetbriar Dam for walleye and pike with some perch mixed in. Work at least 10 feet. Beaver Bay on Lake Oahe remains fair for smaller pike and perch. Devils Lake has difficult conditions with water coming up through ice holes.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Access is difficult at McKenzie Bay on Lake Sakakawea but those going are finding walleye and sauger in 20 to 40 feet using jigs and minnows. Crappie Creek on Lake Tschida continues producing 18- to 22-inch walleye using minnows. Larson Lake good for northern pike using minnows. Indian Creek remains active for small perch and walleye. Camels Hump Dam continues producing trout with several in the 2-pound range.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Indian Creek Dam remains fair for small walleye and perch, a good lake for the kids. Larson Lake producing lots of 2- to 4-pound northern pike using frozen smelt and tip-ups. Snowmobiles only recommended to access Skunk Bay on Lake Sakakawea but those going are finding good walleye and sauger success. Try buckshot spoons and tip-ups with treble hooks. Lake Tschida remains fair for walleye around Crappie Creek. Access becoming more difficult, however and snowmobiles recommended.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Access and weather permitting, anglers are still finding fair walleye success on Lake Audubon with most activity off the East Totten boat ramp. Missouri River tailrace fair for walleye but hit-and-miss with the weather.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer's Inc., Lake Tschida: Limited activity with no recent reports.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Not many reports from the Missouri River or Lake Oahe.

- Pick City, Scott's Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Little activity on Lake Sakakawea, however, there are a few reports of northern pike success. Try jigs around Government Bay, Dead Man's Bay or Sakakawea State Park. Fewer anglers on the open water of the Missouri River tailrace but on warmer days they continue finding walleye success. Try anchoring with jigs and minnows or Gulp. Sort through the walleye for keepers from the wing walls. No reports from Lake Audubon.

- New Town, Van Hook Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Limited reports from the Van Hook Arm.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Little activity on Lake Sakakawea.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Continued walleye and sauger activity on the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers with best success still farther up the Yellowstone than the Missouri. Some northern pike and sauger success at White Earth Bay on Lake Sakakawea but no walleye reports.

Snowmobile report

- Cattail (Steele, Cass and Traill counties): 11-inch snow. Trail open and in good condition.

- East Central Valley (Fargo, Casselton area): Trails open and in fair condition with good snow conditions. Twelve-inch snow.

- Lake Region (Devils Lake area): 12-inch snow. Trails open and in good condition.

- May-Port (Mayville, Portland area): 9-inch snow. Trail open and in good condition.

- Missouri Valley (Bismarck, Linton area): 8-inch snow. Trails open and in good condition with some sections groomed.

- North Central (Leeds, Rugby area): 11-inch snow. Trails open with some sections groomed and in good condition. The ungroomed sections are in fair condition.

- Northeast (Cavalier, Langdon, Edinburg area): 7-inch snow. Trails open, groomed and in good condition.

- Peace Garden (Bottineau, Rolla area): 9-inch snow. Trail open, groomed and in good condition. Several sections are re-routed due to thin ice.

- Red River North (Grafton): 7-inch snow. Trails open and in good condition.

- Red River South (Grand Forks, Fordville, Manvel area): 7-inch snow. Trails open, in good condition and groomed but some sections have marginal snow.

- Sargent County (Sargent and Richland counties): 13-inch snow depth. Trails are open but won't be groomed.

- Sheyenne Valley (Jamestown, Valley City, Lisbon, Oakes area): 10-inch snow. Trails open and in fair condition.

- Sno-Trails (McHenry and Ward counties): 19-inch snow. Trails opened and in good condition with some sections groomed.

Downhill ski report

- Big Sky, Big Sky, Mont.: 45- to 67-inch base with packed powder, machine groomed conditions. All runs open with 19 lifts operating.

- Deer Mountain, Lead, S.D.: 30 to 34-inch base with powder, machine groomed conditions. All runs open and lifts operating.

r Huff Hills, Mandan: 20- to 28-inch base with 3 inches new snow in the past week. All runs open with two lifts and Bunny Tow operating.

- Red Lodge, Red Lodge, Mont.: 25- to 28-inch base with packed powder, machine groomed conditions. 43 runs open with six lifts operating.

- Terry Peak, Lead, S.D.: 12- to 24-inch base with machine groomed, packed powder conditions. About a foot of new snow over the past week. 29 runs open with all lifts operating.

Cross-country ski report

Annual or day use pass needed at:

- Cross Ranch, Hensler: All trails open with 20- to 24-inch snow. Warming house/visitor center open Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Fort Lincoln, Mandan: All trails open but ungroomed. About 15- to 21-inch snow.

- Fort Stevenson, Garrison: 3 miles of Trooper cross-country trails open and groomed, weather permitting. Snowshoeing and hiking available on all other trails with good snow depth.

Numbers to know

- NDGF Bismarck office: 701-328-6300; website is

- NDGF Dickinson office: 701-227-7431.

- Report poachers: 800-472-2121.

- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website: www.fws. gov/northdakotafieldoffice.