Dakota Recreation Report

Fishing - Ice is never completely safe. Use caution, especially in areas with vegetation and around bridges and check conditions locally before venturing out. - Lake Sakakawea elevation, Wednesday: 1,839.4 feet above mean sea level; 18,000 cubic ...


- Ice is never completely safe. Use caution, especially in areas with vegetation and around bridges and check conditions locally before venturing out.

- Lake Sakakawea elevation, Wednesday: 1,839.4 feet above mean sea level; 18,000 cubic feet per second Garrison Dam average daily releases.

- North Dakota Game and Fish Department District Game Wardens: Fishing slowed in general across many area lakes. Lake Sakakawea slow but spotty for walleye. It's illegal to chase coyotes or other wildlife with snowmobiles.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Lake Oahe producing northern pike at Cattail and Beaver bays. Sweetbriar Dam producing a fair mix of northern pike, walleye, and perch with a good number of anglers out.


- Coleharbor, Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, Lake Audubon: Access remains limited on the auto tour route with a big drift west of Nelson Bay. Anglers can get through some of the other route with four-wheel drive but it's difficult.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Skunk Bay on Lake Sakakawea slowed, although anglers finding some sauger with occasional walleye in 30 feet. Lots of slush on the ice. Lake Tschida producing smaller walleye. Camels Hump Dam producing a few rainbow trout. Odland Dam slowed.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Odland Dam continues producing perch using smaller minnows with some northern pike activity mixed in. Lake Tschida fair for walleye in 25 to 35 feet using jigging spoons. Indian Creek fair for perch, pike, and walleye. Tobacco Garden on Lake Sakakawea fair for walleye with McKenzie bay also producing. Some activity and success at Skunk Bay but the area has lots of slush on the ice so use caution. Try 15 to 40 feet for a mix of sauger and walleye. Four-wheel-drive recommended.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer's Inc., Lake Tschida: Cold weather limited activity but look for more people on the lake and more reports with the nice weather.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Access limiting fishing activity.

- New Town, Van Hook Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Van Hook Arm remains slow for walleye.

- Pick City, Scott's Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Lake Audubon slow. East end of Lake Sakakawea spotty at best. The walleye taken are nice, plump and healthy. Missouri River continues producing walleye when boat ramp access isn't iced in and anglers can get on the water.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Lots of activity at Tobacco Garden but reports are limited so far.


- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea: Improving reports from Lake Sakakawea with fish moving up a little shallower. Try Long or Short creeks and Lewis & Clark State Park with better fishing from Tobacco Garden to White Earth Bay.

Snowmobile report

- Cattail (Steele, Cass, & Traill counties): 10-inch trail snow depth. Trail open, groomed and in good condition.

- East Central Valley (Fargo, Casselton): 8-inch trail snow depth. Trail system open with the exception of the Rural Cass North Trail. The open trails are groomed and in good condition.

- Lake Region (Devils Lake area): 7-inch trail snow depth. Sections of Trail 2 and 3 open and groomed.

- May-Port (Mayville-Portland areas): 9-inch snow depth. Trails open and groomed first week of January.

- Missouri Valley (Bismarck, Linton): 8-inch snow depth. Trail system open. Wing, Sterling, Menoken and Moffit trails groomed prior to early January storm.

- North Central (Rugby, Leeds): 8-inch snow depth. Red Lake, Sand Slough and Gun Lake trails open and groomed Jan. 1. Other open trails will be groomed as temperatures permit.


- Northeast (Cavalier, Langdon, Edinburg): Parts of the trail are open with 7-inch snow depth, however, the Sandhills trail from the intersection of the Neche trail to Walhalla, Gorge Bypass trail and Border trail closed due to trail preparation. Open trails are in good condition but winds have blown in some groomed areas.

- Peace Garden (Bottineau, Rolla): 5-inch snow depth. Trails 7, 7A and 7B are open and groomed. Remaining trails groomed as ice conditions allow. Watch for thin ice conditions in some areas.

- Red River North (Grafton): 7-inch snow depth with trail open, groomed and in condition with exception of the Trail County Road 4 between Drayton and Oakwood.

- Red River South (Grand Forks, Fordville, Manvel): 7-inch snow depth with trail open and groomed.

- Sargent County (Sargent and Richland counties): 8-inch snow depth. Trails open and groomed.

- Sheyenne Valley (Jamestown, Valley City, Lisbon, Oakes): 8-inch snow depth with the J-3, V-1, V-3, V-5 and V-6 trails open and groomed. Remaining trails closed.

- Sno-Trails (Minot): 13-inch snow depth but trails closed until they can be groomed.

Downhill ski report

- Big Sky, Big Sky, Mont.: 324- to 51-inch base with all runs open and lifts operating. Trace of new snow during the week.

- Huff Hills, Mandan: 18 runs open on 16- to 30-inch base. Two lifts and the tow operating. Open Saturday through Monday.

- Red Lodge, Red Lodge, Mont.: 33- to 36-inch base with hard-packed snow. Railyard Terrain and Miami Beginners parks open along with Magic Carpet runs, all Willow Creek Double runs, 3 runs on Miami Beach Double, 15 on Triple Chair, 25 runs on Grizzly Peak Double and 12 on Cole Creek Quad.

- Terry Peak, Lead, S.D.: 18- to 28-inch base with 21 runs open and four lifts operating.

Numbers to know

- NDGF main Bismarck office: 701-328-6300; Web site, .

- NDGF Dickinson office: 701-227-7431.

- Report poachers: 800-472-2121.

- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bismarck, Web site, .

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