Recreation report

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.

Don’t chase, harass, or pursue coyote or other wildlife with any motorized vehicle.

Registration is now available for winter Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops for darkhouse spearing Jan. 26 at Upper Souris Nat’l Wildlife Refuge (NWR) or Feb. 22-24, Lake Metigoshe State Park. More information is available on the N.D. Game & Fish Dept. website, (

Sunday: Fall turkey season closes.

Tuesday: Souris Valley Birding Club meeting. Birding in southeast Asia presentation by Clark Talkington, 7 p.m., Minot Public Library small meeting room.


Saturday: Lake Darling, Sand Lake.

Jan. 26: Devils Lake, 6-Mile Bay.


Devils Lake elevation, Jan. 9: 1,451.35 feet above mean sea level.

Stump Lake elevation, Jan. 9: 1,451.37 feet.

Lake Sakakawea elevation, Jan. 9: 1,829.2 feet; 20,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: A few anglers starting to venture onto the east end of Lake Sakakawea and finding a few pike. Ice depth varies. Nelson-Carlson producing a few pike, as well. Hit-and-miss success on the upper end of Lake Sakakawea and Missouri and Yellowstone river systems. Last week was fair to good but fishing slowed since then. However, anglers are still picking up a few sauger and the occasional walleye. Smaller northwestern lakes have been producing northern pike and smaller perch. No reports from Devils Lake.

Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Goose Lake, Harvey, yo-yoing back to improving perch success after a short-term lull. Most activity on Lake Audubon is around Nelson Bay and the northeast corner. Crooked Lake fair for walleye and pike. Low water limiting activity on Beaver Bay on Lake Oahe.

Bottineau, Four Seasons, Lake Metigoshe: Some walleye success in the evening. Work deeper for bluegill in 17 feet or more. Continued pike success.

Bottineau, Lake Metigoshe State Park, Lake Metigoshe: Not many recent reports.

Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait, Devils Lake: Continued good walleye success around Doc Hagen’s, Stromme’s Addition, Fort Totten, Minnewaukan Flats, and Mission Bay in 10 to 20 feet. Work structure. Try Black Tiger Bay, the towers or East Devils Lake for perch in 25 to 45 feet.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Devils Lake: Continued strong walleye bite. Work shallower in 8 to 12 feet around flooded timber with buckshot rattling spoons and minnows. Pike success also remains good in back bays, including Walford’s Bay. A few perch but bite is a little tougher. Those taken are nice-sized.

Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Continued walleye success around Skunk Bay on Lake Sakakawea in 18 feet. Also try the petrified forest and Independence Point. Try 20 to 30 feet for sauger and walleye around Tobacco Garden.

Foxholm, Upper Souris NWR, Lake Darling: Lots of houses on the lake but success slowed slightly. Continued darkhouse spearing activity on the lake and on the river below the dam, including Silver Bridge.

Garrison, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Lakes Audubon and Sakakawea: Continued good activity on Lake Audubon. The east end of Lake Sakakawea and Douglas Bay are starting to see some walleye and pike activity using a variety of presentations. Ice conditions are variable and anglers need to check depth frequently.

Garrison, Six-Mile Bait & Tackle, Lakes Audubon & Sakakawea: Some anglers starting to go to Steinke and Centennial bays on the east end of Lake Sakakawea but limited reports so far. Try jigs and minnows for walleye and almost any presentation for pike. Lake Audubon becoming hit-and-miss with what could be the start of a January lull. Try 18 to 20 feet, chasing the deep water for better success. Move around, including the main lake.

Harvey, Coal Mine Lake & area lakes: Coal Mine Lake fair for pike. Slow for perch. Hurdsfield Lake fair for walleye and perch. Goose and Antelope lakes fair for walleye and perch but overall success is declining.

New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Overall slow walleye success in the Van Hook Arm with better success in the river portion of the lake near the New Town area.

Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Missouri River wing walls continue producing walleye using jigs and minnows. Try a morning and evening bite for pike in the river. More anglers going onto Lake Audubon with fair walleye success using jigs and minnows. Try wax worms for perch.

Ruthville, Ruthville Store, Lake Darling & area lakes: Continued fair but inconsistent walleye success with some perch mixed in on Lake Darling. Good pike success. Lots of anglers on the ice.

Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River/area lakes: Continued good walleye and sauger bite on Lake Sakakawea with best activity around Tobacco Garden. Also try Lund’s Landing or Lewis and Clark State Park areas. Try Skunk Hollow or Trenton Lake for pike. Kota-Ray and Epping dams producing perch.



Bottineau Winter Park, Bottineau: 8- to 12-inch groomed base with all runs, lifts, and Tubing Park open.

Frostfire Ski Area, Walhalla: Good snow conditions with 20-inch base with machine made and natural snow. All runs open. Open Thursday through Friday.

Huff Hills Ski Area, Mandan: 12- to 20-inch base with 7 groomed runs, 2 lifts, and bunny tow open.

Terry Peak, Lead, S.D.: 16- to 24-inch base with 10 runs and 4 lifts open.

N.D. Parks & Recreation Dept. cross-country

ski trails

Fort Stevenson, Garrison: Trails open, packed & groomed with a nice base.

Grahams Island, Devils Lake: Trails open but in fair condition.

Icelandic, Cavalier: Trails aren’t tracked but are in good condition.

Lake Metigoshe: Trails groomed and in good condition with about 10-inch snow depth.

Snowmobile North Dakota

North-central Trail: Rush Lake, Red Lake, Sand Slough, Jordan Lake, Midway Lake & Gun Lake trails open and groomed.

Peace Garden Trail: System opens the weekend of Jan. 11.

All other trails closed until enough snow is available to groom.


to know

N.D. Game and Fish Dept., main Bismarck office: 328-6300, website: (

Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website: (