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Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

- New fishing and furbearer licenses now due.

- New boat registrations due.

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

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

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

- April 12: Spring turkey season opens.

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

- April 14: North Dakota Game and Fish Department spring advisory meeting, Williston MDU meeting room, 7 p.m.

- April 14: Free bluebird and tree swallow workshop, Game and Fish Dept. office, Bismarck, 100 N. Bismarck Expressway, 7 p.m.


- NDGF Department District game wardens: Southwest rivers and streams open with good flow. Anglers finding some success below dams. Lake Sakakawea fair for pike but watch deteriorating ice conditions. Lake Audubon fair but inconsistent for walleye. An occasional walleye from the chutes below Garrison Dam with a trout and salmon or two mixed in.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Some walleye success from boat and shore at Eckroth Bottoms on the Missouri River.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Ice conditions are deteriorating so activity on Lake Sakakawea and area lakes is limited to waiting for water open along the shorelines. Try below the dam at Lake Tschida for walleye activity.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Some pike success along the open water shoreline edges of Lake Sakakawea but few reports from small area lakes. Some anglers are now on the open water of the Missouri River with success for an occasional walleye.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Ice conditions deteriorating on Lake Sakakawea and Lake Audubon. Look for open water along shorelines.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: Some open water along the edges of Lake Tschida but no reports yet.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Continued walleye activity from boats on the Missouri River, including Hazelton Bottoms. Try Eckroth Bottoms from shore.

- Pick City, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Some anglers still venturing onto Lake Audubon for an afternoon and evening walleye bite with some pike mixed in. Limited perch reports. Ice conditions will start to deteriorate soon. Missouri River remains slow from both boat and shore, although a few fish are being caught. Look for open water edges on Lake Sakakawea for pike soon.

- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Ice conditions are deteriorating along the shoreline so access is no longer available onto the ice. Look for some pike activity at Parshall Bay, although earlier success was through the ice and not open water.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Some activity on the Missouri River near Williston for catfish but no reports of success.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Little Muddy River continues producing good pike numbers with some walleye starting to show up. A few walleye and sauger coming from the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers but look for areas with cleaner water. Lake Sakakawea starting to open along a few points for open water pike fishing from shore.

Spring migration

- North Dakota: Snow goose numbers were strongest from Sargent County and Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge and points west and north. Bird numbers in South Dakota the early part of the week indicate migration is fast but not over with, either. Without sheet water in Richland, Cass, and Trail County the snow goose migration through extreme eastern counties is virtually non-existent except for an rare stray flock. However, there is usually potential for late season trailing migrants to show up just about anywhere, so don’t be discouraged. If hunting eastern N. D. be prepared for few birds or consider looking towards the James Valley corridor and north and south. Birds are moving into northeastern and north-central N.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