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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.

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

- March 15: Darkhouse spearfishing season closes.

- March 15: Bobcat and weasel hunting, cable devices, archery, and trapping seasons close.

- March 26: Moose, elk, and bighorn sheep applications due.


- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District game wardens: Warm weather and runoff is lifting ice edges along creeks and river and in some areas, they’re completely open. Anglers should consider removing icehouses now. Lake Audubon fair for walleye with a generally consistent walleye bite. Not much success on Lake Sakakawea.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Look for open water activity on the Missouri River soon.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Mossett, McKenzie, and Skunk bays producing walleye in 20 to 25 feet on Lake Sakakawea. Good pike spearing success in 8 to 10 feet, as well. Not much activity on small area lakes with lots of water on the ice.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Not many reports but Van Hook Arm of Lake Sakakawea. Also try Mossett Bay. Bring auger extensions, although there’s water on the ice with melting snow. No reports from area lakes

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Lake Audubon and Lake Sakakawea continues producing walleye but watch access onto the lakes with muddy and slushy shorelines and water on the ice. It’s easy to get stuck.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Not much activity with melting snow on top of the ice on area lakes.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Not that much activity on area lakes and the Missouri River.

- Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River remains slow with scattered and light success at best. Watch boat ramp access with a silt buildup. Lake Sakakawea continues producing pike but vehicle access could become muddy and difficult with water on the ice. Water is clouding up for spearing.

- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Occasional walleye but with lots of water on the ice and anglers are moving houses off.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Slushy conditions with water on the ice is limiting Lake Sakakawea activity.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Warmer temperatures are creating unsafe Missouri River conditions. Edges of small area lakes are a bit slushy and muddy but anglers can still access. Lake Sakakawea producing walleye and sauger. Look for areas with clear water because small tributaries are muddying up some areas.

Downhill skiing

- Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, Mont.: 76- to 109-inch base with 293 runs and 29 lifts open.

- Bridger Bowl Ski Area, Bozeman, Mont.: 105-inch machine groomed, powder base with all runs and lifts open.

- Huff Hills, Mandan: 19- to 22-inch base with 7 runs, 1 lift, and tow open.

- Red Lodge Ski Area, Red Lodge, Mont.: 55- to 57-inch machine groomed, powder base with all lifts.

- 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 machine groomed base with 27 runs and 4 lifts open.

Numbers to know

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

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

-V Report All Poachers: 800-472-2121.

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

Patricia Stockdill