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Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

- 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.

- Harassing wildlife and chasing coyotes with snowmobiles is illegal.

- Registration now open for Feb. 21 to 23 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Winter Workshop, Lake Metigoshe State Park. More information and registration available at Game and Fish Dept. website, (

- Feb. 12: Spring turkey applications due.

- Feb. 15: Spring light goose season opens.

- Feb. 18: North Dakota Game and Fish Department deer management meeting, Dickinson Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge, 7 p.m.


- Feb. 8: Lake Audubon.

- Feb. 22: Blacktail Dam.


- NDGF Department District game wardens: Not much success on west-central area lakes. No reports from southwestern lakes. Lake Sakakawea improving for walleye and pike. Work the back bays for spearing. The Missouri River around Williston is somewhat muddy.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Harmon Lake producing 3- to 5-pound pike. A few anglers working Cattail and Langelier’s bays on Lake Oahe. Lake Audubon remains fair to good for small walleye with anglers moving around on the lake more.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Not many reports from Lake Sakakawea but try 20 to 40 feet for walleye and sauger.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Limited reports from Lake Sakakawea with varying ice conditions in some areas. Indian Creek Dam still producing perch with limited walleye success. Not many reports from Lake Tschida.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Lake Audubon remains fair for walleye, although success slowed somewhat. Lake Sakakawea fair for pike with scattered walleye success. Try the east end bays for pike.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Limited reports.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Not much change on the Missouri River, although Eckroth Bottoms has increasing activity with improving success. Also try the State Line.

- Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Lake Sakakawea fair for walleye and pike. Move around, although best success seems to be around Wolf Creek with probably the most angler numbers. Missouri River remains slow.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Fair for a mix of walleye, sauger, and pike around Tobacco Garden.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River is clearing up with somewhat improving walleye and sauger success. Lake Sakakawea has increasing pike success. Work the bays with smelt. Try McGregor or Blacktail dams for perch.

North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department state parks cross-country ski trails

- Cross Ranch, Hensler: Trails open and in fair condition with 2- to 4-inch base.

- Fort Stevenson, Garrison: Trails remain in fair condition but more snow would help.

Downhill skiing

- Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, Mont.: 49- to 790-inch machine groomed, powder base with 293 runs, all runs, 9 features in Terrain Park, 3 jumps, and 102 rails.

- Bridger Bowl Ski Area, Bozeman, Mont.: 77-inch machine groomed, powder base with all runs and lifts open.

- Huffs Hills, Mandan: 19- to 22-inch base with 9 runs, 2 lifts, and tow open.

- Red Lodge Ski Area, Red Lodge, Mont.: 50- to 51-inch machine groomed, packed powder base with all runs and 6 lifts open.

- Ski Mystic at Deer Mtn., Lead, S.D.: 20- to 42-inch base with 40 runs and 4 lifts open.

- Terry Peak, Lead, S.D.: 18- to 25-inch base with all runs and lifts open.

Snowmobile North Dakota

- East Central Valley (Cass and Richland counties): Fargo East and West trails now open with 6- to 7-inch base.

- Lake Region (Nelson and Ramsey counties): Trail 2 and 3 open with 6- to 12-inch base.

- North-central (Benson, McHenry, Pierce, Ramsey, and Towner counties): Trails 1 and 3 open with 4-inch base.

- Northeast (Cavalier, Pembina, and Walsh counties: All trails except Tri-County open with 5- to 7-inch base.

- Peace Garden (Bottineau and Rolette counties): Trails 4, 4A, 4B, 5, and portions of Trail 1 open with 5-inch base.

- Red River North (Pembina and Walsh counties): All trails open and groomed with 6-inch base.

- Red River South (Grand Forks and Walsh counties): All trails except Reynolds open with 6- to 8-inch base.

- Southern Valley (Richland County): Trails open and groomed with 4- to 8-inch base.

- Sno Trails (Bottineau, McHenry, Renville, and Ward counties): All trails except Velva and Lansford open with 8-inch base.

- All other trails closed.

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