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Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

- Boats must now be registered for the 2014-2016 licensing period.

- March 26: Elk, moose, and bighorn sheep applications are due.

- March 29: Cedar Creek Pheasants Forever banquet, Reeder Community Center, 5:30 p.m.

- April 1: New fishing and furbearer licenses due.

- April 1: Snowmobile N.D. trails closed for the season.

- April 5: Teddy Roosevelt Mule Deer Foundation banquet, Dickinson.


- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District game wardens: Some activity below the dam on Lake Tschida but success is limited yet. Fair pike and walleye success on Lake Audubon but look for ice to deteriorate rapidly on all area lakes. Extreme caution is advised.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Continued activity on Lake Audubon off the east end embankment. Check shorelines before venturing onto any area lakes. Activity slowing in general, though, until there’s open water. Some bass success on Nelson Lake casting spinner baits. Missouri River open south to Washburn.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Limited reports with deteriorating southwestern area lakes, including Lake Sakakawea.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Limited reports with small area lakes getting open water along the shoreline. Not much on Lake Sakakawea.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Check ice conditions before venturing onto Lake Sakakawea with some honeycombing already occurring.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: No reports with deteriorating ice conditions.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Limited activity on area lakes and the river. Look for open water pike fishing soon.

- Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Accessing Lake Sakakawea is difficult with muddy shorelines, open water along the edges, and water on top of the ice. Missouri River tailrace is producing an occasional fish, a mix of pike, walleye, and catfish.

- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Anglers are finding evening walleye bite on the Van Hook Arm with OK ice conditions yet. Parshall Bay has a good pike bite.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Not much activity with anglers generally waiting for open water.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Limited activity as shoreline conditions deteriorate. Look for open water shore-fishing along the Little Muddy River for pike.

Downhill skiing

- Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, Mont.: 79- to 119-inch packed powder, powder base with 293 runs and all lifts open. Project April 20 closing date.

- Bridger Bowl Ski Area, Bozeman, Mont.: 105-machine groomed, powder base with all runs and lifts open. Projected April 6 closing date.

- Red Lodge Ski Area, Red Lodge, Mont.: 63- to 65-inch machine groomed, spring conditions base with all runs and lifts open. Projected April 13 closing date.

- Ski Mystic at Deer Mtn., Lead, S.D.: 28- to 46-inch base with 40 runs and all lifts open. Projected March 31 closing date.

- Terry Peak, Lead, S.D.: 18- to 28-inch base with all runs and lifts open. Projected March 31 closing date.

Spring migration

- North Dakota: A few scattered snow goose reports in Dickey, Richland, and LaMoure counties but movement could change daily.

- South Dakota: Birds are moving into east, east-central and southeast S.D. with a few scattered reports of snow geese in north-central S.D.

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