Dakota Recreation Report of 02-19-2016

Outdoor notes - Ice is never completely safe. Avoid areas with vegetation, moving water, pressure ridges, and springs. Check with local bait shops for any ice condition information. - Leave contact information on any unattended icehouse. - Work i...

Outdoor notes

- Ice is never completely safe. Avoid areas with vegetation, moving water, pressure ridges, and springs. Check with local bait shops for any ice condition information.

- Leave contact information on any unattended icehouse.

- Work is underway on Raleigh Reservoir so it’s unfishable.

- Feb. 27: Teddy Roosevelt Rocky Mountain. Elk Foundation banquet, Dickinson Elks Club, 5 p.m.


- Feb. 27: Northern Badlands Mule Deer Foundation banquet, Bismarck AMVETS, 4:30 p.m.

- March 5: Central Dakota National Wild Turkey Federation banquet, Bismarck AMVETS.


- Feb. 20: Epping-Springbrook Dam, Lake Audubon, Lake Sakakawea.

- Feb. 20 & 21: Lake Sakakawea, Skunk Bay.

- Feb. 27: Lake Sakakawea.


- Lake Sakakawea elevation, Feb. 16: 1,838.24 feet above mean sea level; 20,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) Garrison Dam average daily releases.


- N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Indian Creek Dam producing perch in a variety of sizes. Beware of open water on Bowman-Haley Dam with some smaller walleye taken. Camels Hump Dam fair for trout and bluegill. North Lemmon Lake producing some bluegill. Lake Sakakawea hit-and-miss for walleye with random pike success although spearing is hit-and-miss, as well.

- Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Spotty activity throughout many small area lakes as well as the Missouri River and Lake Oahe. Try the Missouri River backwaters for crappie using minnows. Some pike spearing success continues on Lake Sakakawea and Lake Audubon.

- Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Ice conditions are starting to deteriorate on small area lakes, including Lake Sakakawea. Use caution.

- Dickinson, Runnings Farm & Fleet, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Look for deteriorating ice conditions on Lake Sakakawea and small area lakes.

- Garrison, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea: Lake Sakakawea and Lake Audubon spotty for walleye. Look for ice conditions to start deteriorating.

- Glen Ullin, Fitterer’s Inc., Lake Tschida: No new reports.

- Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Continued crappie and walleye success around Beaver Bay on Lake Oahe, with some success up to Eckroth Bottoms and down to the State Line.

- New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Some anglers finding fair to good walleye success in the Van Hook Arm. No vehicle access recommended.


- Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River hit-and-miss for walleye from boats at night, starting around sundown. Wing walls still slow. Lake Sakakawea continues producing walleye around Wolf Creek but no consistent pattern. Continued pike success, as well.

- Watford City, One-Stop, Lake Sakakawea: Improving sauger success around Tobacco Garden on Lake Sakakawea. Work shallow.

- Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Improving crappie success on Trenton Lake with occasional pike and walleye. Van Hook Arm fair to good for pike spearing on Lake Sakakawea with some more than 20 pounds. White Earth Bay still producing some walleye. Watch pressure ridges, however, on Lake Sakakawea.

Downhill skiing

- Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, Mont.: 46- to 69-inch machine groomed, packed powder base with all runs except a few advanced and expert runs open along with 6 Terrain Park jumps and 45 rails.

- Bridger Bowl Ski Area, Bozeman, Mont.: 60-inch machine groomed, packed powder base.

- Huff Hills Ski Area, Mandan: 15- to 20-inch base with 5 runs, 1 lift, and Bunny Tow open.

- Red Lodge Resort, Red Lodge, Mont.: 19- to 24-inch machine groomed, packed powder base with 36 runs and 5 lifts open.

- Ski Mystic at Deer Mountain., Lead, S.D.: 18- to 24-inch base with 26 runs and 4 lifts open.

- Terry Peak, Lead, S.D.: 30- to 46-inch base. Open weekends.

N.D. Parks & Recreation state parks cross-country ski trails

- Cross Ranch, Hensler: No updates.

- Fort Abraham Lincoln, Mandan: Trails open but ungroomed.

- Fort Stevenson, Garrison: Trails packed, weather permitting. Excellent conditions for fat tire bike riding on trails.

Snowmobile N.D. trails

- Look for deteriorating conditions on open trails with warm weather.

- Lake Region (Nelson & Ramsey counties): Trails 1 – 4 open but ungroomed.

- Northeast (Cavalier, Pembina, & Walsh counties): Trails open but ungroomed.

- Red River North (Pembina & Walsh counties): Trails open but ungroomed.

- Red River South (West, East, & Alberta Clipper): trails open but ungroomed.

Numbers to know

- N.D. Game & Fish Dept. main Bismarck office: 328-6300; website, .

- N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dickinson office: 227-7431.

- Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121 or (701) 328-9921.

- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bismarck: Website, .

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