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Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

- New fishing and furbearer licenses now due.

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

- April 7: North Dakota Game and Fish Department spring advisory board meeting, Eagles Club, Dickinson, 7 p.m.

- April 11 and 12: National Archery in the Schools state meet, Bismarck VFW Sports Arena.

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

- April 12: Spring turkey season opens.

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

- April 12: Free bluebird and tree swallow workshop, 7 p.m., Game and Fish Dept. Bismarck office.

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

- April 14: Free bluebird and tree swallow workshop, Game and Fish Dept. Bismarck office.


- NDGF Department District game wardens: No reports from southwestern lakes. Lake Audubon remains good for walleye. Lake Sakakawea producing pike but use caution with rising lake elevations and freezing and thawing ice conditions.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Some activity on the open water stretches of the Missouri River around Bismarck-Mandan and Washburn.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Limited reports with little activity on Lake Sakakawea and area lakes.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Limited reports from Lake Sakakawea with some areas of open water along the shoreline.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Lake Sakakawea is starting to honeycomb throughout its ice depth. Lake Audubon remains fair to good for walleye, although use caution with freezing and thawing conditions.

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

- Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Lake Audubon continues producing an evening walleye bite. Try jigs and minnows. Lake Sakakawea access isn’t good. Missouri River producing a smattering of some species, including walleye, trout, pike, and catfish using a variety of presentations. No consistent numbers of fish, however, and it’s a matter of being in the right location when the bite is on.

- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Parshall Bay good for pike. Edges are marginal in many areas along Lake Sakakawea but the ice itself is still OK. Conditions could vary and change quickly, though.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Continued pike success around Tobacco Garden.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: A few areas on the Little Muddy River have open water and anglers are finding some pike success. Limited activity on the Missouri River and Lake Sakakawea. Small area lakes have questionable ice. Look for good beaver hunting opportunities along the Missouri River.

Spring migration

- North Dakota: Snow geese moving into north-central portions of N.D. last weekend. Birds also moved into central N.D. but weather could push them back — or hold them, so it’s hard to plan a hunt.

- South Dakota: Large numbers of light geese in Brown County, extending throughout much of the northeast.

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