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Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor Notes:

- Saturday: Spring crow season opens.

- Sunday: Bobcat, mink and weasel seasons close.

- March 15: Darkhouse spearfishing season closes.

- March 15: Permanent icehouses must be off state lakes but can be used if removed daily.

- April 1: New fishing licenses due.


- Ice is never completely safe. Use caution, especially in areas with vegetation and around bridges. Check conditions locally before venturing out.

- Lake Sakakawea elevation, March 6: 1,837.9 feet above mean sea level; 22,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) Garrison Dam average daily releases. Temperature: 34F.

- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District game wardens: Watch deteriorating ice conditions with warm weather. Lake Tschida fair for small walleye and a few keeper-sized northern pike. Not much activity on other area lakes. Lake Audubon slow.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Beaver Bay on Lake Oahe fair for walleye. Fish Creek OK for trout.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Skunk Bay on Lake Sakakawea continues producing walleye and sauger in 20 to 25 feet. A few pike mixed in. New Town area around the bridge producing walleye in 18 to 20 feet. Not much activity on small area lakes.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/

area lakes: Skunk Bay on Lake Sakakawea continues producing nice-size sauger in 40 feet and walleye in 25 to 40 feet. Missouri River remains good for boat and shore. Try the wing walls, too. Work the honey or coal veins from boat. River is open in the Bismarck-Mandan area, as well. Indian Creek Dam continues perch and small walleye. Lake Tschida is quiet.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Lake Sakakawea producing northern pike in several locations but ice conditions aren't the best. Douglas Bay remains fair for perch and pike. Try Centennial Bay for perch. Lake Audubon slowed somewhat but anglers are still finding a few walleye. Missouri River fair for walleye.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer's Inc., Lake Tschida: Limited activity, although a few anglers are trying some late season pike spearing with slow success.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Continued fair walleye bite in the morning and evening around Eckroth Bottoms on Lake Oahe. Missouri River is open in Bismarck-Mandan with some success farther north around Stanton. Tailrace slowed.

- Pick City, Scott's Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Weather permitting, Missouri River tailrace continues producing walleye during the day using minnows and jigs or plastics. Try honey hole, coal veins or cable crossings. Try jigs and minnows from the rocks from shore but success has slowed. Fair to good for pike from both shore and boat. Lake Sakakawea producing some pike around Wolf Creek or Sakakawea State Park, spearing or hook-and-line. Lake Audubon spotty for walleye.

- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Slow to fair for small walleye with some nice-sized ones mixed in. Try plain minnow. Fish are there but spooky. Keep movement to a minimum.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Tobacco Garden on Lake Sakakawea somewhat slow.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Trenton Lake producing crappie with the Little Muddy River good for pike. Look for activity on area perch lakes.

Downhill skiing:

- Big Sky, Big Sky, Montana: 58- to 87-inch base with packed powder, machine groomed conditions. All runs and lifts open.

- Bridger Bowl, Bozeman, Montana: 63-inch base with packed powder, machine groomed conditions. All runs and lifts open.

- Huff Hills, Mandan: 21- to 46-inch base with powder and packed powder conditions. All runs and 2 lifts open with Bunny Tow.

- Red Lodge, Red Lodge, Montana: 50- to 57-inch base with packed powder, machine groomed conditions. All runs with 6 lifts open.

- Terry Peak, Lead, South Dakota: 16- to 26-inch base with machine groomed, packed powder conditions. 29 runs and 5 lifts open.

Light goose migration:

- North Dakota: About 4 to 6 inches of snow cover remains in the southeast so bird movement will be held to the south around the snow line.

- South Dakota: Snow geese starting to move into southern South Dakota. Lots of birds moving into Geddes, Springfield and Lake Andes Nat'l. Wildlife Refuge with some birds still around Yankton and Vermillion areas. About 6 inches of snow around Sand Lake NWR in northeastern South Dakota and birds haven't reached that area yet.

Numbers to know:

- NDGF Department main Bismarck office: 701-328-6300; website (

- NDGF Department Dickinson office: 701-227-7431.

- Report All Poachers: 800-472-2121.

- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website: (

Patricia Stockdill