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Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

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

- March 31: North Dakota Game and Fish Department spring advisory board meeting, Williston MDU, 7 p.m.

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- April 1: New furbearer and fishing licenses due.

- April 1: Snowmobile N.D. trails close.

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

- April 7: NDGF Department spring advisory board meeting, Dickinson Eagles Club, 7 p.m.

- April 11: Badlands Toms National Wild Turkey Federation banquet, Watford City, Outlaws Bar and Grill.

- April 12: Knife River Ducks Unlimited banquet, Beulah, Grandview Steakhouse, 5:30 p.m.

- April 12: Spring turkey season opens.

- April 12: High Plains Waterfowlers Delta Waterfowl banquet, Gran Williston Hotel, Williston, 5:30 p.m.


- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Most activity is on Lake Audubon and lakes east of Bismarck.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Lake Sakakawea on the rise, which limited activity. However, try 8 to 12 feet for pike around Skunk, McKenzie, and Mossett bays. No reports from small area lakes.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Limited activity on small area lakes and Lake Sakakawea.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Continued walleye success on Lake Audubon but pickups not recommended for accessing the lake. Lake Sakakawea ice is marginal but anglers are catching fish. Be extremely cautious and use discretion.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Limited activity with angler waiting open water.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Try the Heskett Plant from shore on the Missouri River for walleye. The river is still iced over around Graner’s Bottoms.

- Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Lake Audubon continues producing an evening walleye bite. Try jigs and minnows. Ice remains OK. Lake Sakakawea access isn’t good. Missouri River producing a smattering of some species, including walleye, trout, pike, and catfish using a variety of presentation with more anglers on the water in the tailrace.

- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: No activity with rising lake levels creating open water along the edges.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Some pike activity throughout several parts of Lake Sakakawea.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Thawing and freezing is creating poor ice on Lake Sakakawea. Try Cottonwood, Springbrook Dam, and Blacktail Dam for perch with walking access only.

Downhill skiing

- Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, Mont.: 74- to 111-inch machine groomed, packed powder base with 293 runs and all lifts open. Closing April 20.

- Bridger Bowl Ski Area, Bozeman, Mont.: 110-inch machine groomed base with all runs and lifts open. Closing April 6.

- Red Lodge Ski Area, Red Lodge, Mont.: 75- to 78-ich machine groomed, packed powder base with all runs and lifts open. Closing April 13.

- Ski Mystic at Deer Mtn., Lead, S.D.: 28- to 44-inch base with 45 runs and all lifts open. Closing March 31.

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

Spring migration

- North Dakota: Snow geese continue moving in and around the southeast, however, they’re continually on the move and locations vary constantly. Many moved back south last Friday with the cold weather but will move back as soon as they can. Try scouting for birds across Dickey, McIntosh, LaMoure, Barnes, Stutsman, and Kidder counties as well as Long Lake. Try just stopping and listening for birds to located flocks. Avoid driving on soft and muddy roads and don’t go into muddy fields.

- South Dakota: Snow geese are building in large numbers in northeastern 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