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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.

- March 1: Central Dakota Strutters National Wild Turkey Federation banquet, Bismarck AMVETS.

- March 4: Lake Sakakawea land transfer meeting, New Town City Hall, 10 a.m.

- March 4: Lake Sakakawea land transfer meeting, Garrison City Auditorium, 3 p.m.

- March 7: Lake Sakakawea land transfer meeting, Beulah City Hall, 10 a.m.

- March 8: Spring crow season opens.


- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District game wardens: Lake Sakakawea producing an occasional walleye. Darkhouse spearing is fair at best for pike. Lake Audubon fair but spotty and inconsistent for walleye.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Some activity continues north of Hazelton on the Missouri River. Some spearing activity at Wolf Creek on Lake Sakakawea.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Skunk Bay producing walleye using jigs and minnows. Try 19 to 40 feet. Some nice-sized fish are showing up with some sauger mixed in. Lake Ilo fair for pike. Indian Creek Dam remains good for perch. Patterson Lake fair for small walleye with occasional perch and crappie.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Skunk Bay producing walleye on Lake Sakakawea. Lake Tschida producing a few walleye and perch. No reports from other small area lakes.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Lake Sakakawea producing walleye and pike from the east end to Douglas Bay. Lake Audubon remains fair to good, as well. Work a variety of presentations and depths on both lakes.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: No new reports.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Missouri River remains slow with ongoing cold weather. Lake Audubon fair. Fish Creek fair for trout.

- Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Some walleye and pike success on Lake Sakakawea. Move around. Pike spearing success remains fair. Lake Audubon remains fair for walleye. Limited Missouri River tailrace activity.

- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Van Hook Arm slow.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Weather limiting activity.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River remains muddy with limited success. Lake Sakakawea fair for walleye but move around. Some sauger mixed in. Cottonwood Lake near Alamo and Blacktail Dam producing pike and 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 3-inch base.

- Fort Stevenson, Garrison: Trails open and in fair condition.

Downhill skiing

- Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, Mont.: 63- to 95-inch machine groomed, powder base with 292 runs and all lifts open. 9 Terrain Park features, 3 jumps, and 102 rails open.

- Bridger Bowl Ski Area, Bozeman, Mont.: 91-inch machine groomed, powder base with all runs, lifts, and Terrain Park features open.

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

- Red Lodge Ski Area, Red Lodge, Mont.: 60- to 64-inch base with machine groomed, packed powder base. All runs, lifts, and Terrain Park features open.

- Ski Mystic at Deer Mtn., Lead, S.D.: 28- to 46-inch machine groomed base with 40 runs and 4 lifts open.

- Terry Peak, Lead, S.D.: 18- to 28-inch base with all runs and lifts open.

Snowmobile North Dakota

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

- Lake Region (Nelson and Ramsey counties): All trails open except 5 with 6- to 12-inch base.

- North-central (Benson, McHenry, Pierce, Ramsey, and Towner counties): Trails 1, 2, and 3, Sand Lake, Jordan, Lake, and Midway Lake open with 4-inch base.

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

- Peace Garden (Bottineau and Rolette counties): Trails 1 through 5 open with 4-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 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, Kramer, and Lansford open with 6-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