Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

Boats must now be registered for the 2014-2016 licensing period.

Wednesday: Elk, moose, and bighorn sheep applications are due.

March 28: Minot Ducks Unlimited (DU) chapter banquet, Grand Hotel, 6 p.m.

March 28: Coteau Lake DU banquet, Stanley Community Center, 6 p.m.

March 29: Lake Region Longbeards Nat’l. Wild Turkey Federation banquet, Devils Lake KC Hall.

March 31: N.D. Game & Fish Dept. spring advisory board meeting, Williston MDU office, 7 p.m.

March 31: N.D. Game & Fish Dept. spring advisory board meeting, Turtle Lake Wildlife Club, 7 p.m.

April 1: N.D. Game & Fish Dept. spring advisory board meeting, Makoti Senior Citizens Center, 7 p.m.

April 1: New fishing and furbearer licenses due.

April 1: Snowmobile N.D. trails closed for the season.


Devils Lake elevation, March 19: 1,452.3 feet above mean sea level.

Stump Lake elevation: 1,452.42 feet.

Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,833.69 feet; 16,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Fair pike and walleye success on Lake Audubon but look for ice to deteriorate rapidly on all area lakes. Extreme caution is advised. Use extreme caution on Devils Lake. Look for open water shorelines soon. Continued bluegill on Lake Metigoshe.

Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Continued activity on Lake Audubon off the east end embankment. Check shorelines before venturing onto any area lakes. Activity slowing in general, though, until there’s open water. Some bass success on Nelson Lake casting spinner baits. Missouri River open south to Washburn.

Bottineau, Four Seasons, Lake Metigoshe: Continued fair to good bluegill bite. Look for walleye in the evening. Ice remains OK yet but conditions could change quickly.

Coleharbor, Totten Trail, Lakes Audubon & Sakakawea: Lake Audubon is getting marginal ice but anglers are finding a good late walleye night bite. Anglers venturing onto Lake Sakakawea are still finding fair to good walleye success. Some pike success on both lakes. Watch ice conditions on both lakes, as well.

Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait, Devils Lake: Try Pelican Lake in 5 to 15 feet for perch and walleye. Black Tiger Bay producing perch in 25 to 45 feet. East Devils Lake has perch activity in 45 to 50 feet.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Devils Lake: Continued fair to good pike, walleye, and perch success. Move around to locate active perch schools. Ice remains good but use caution because conditions vary with numerous slush pockets.

Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Deteriorating ice conditions are limiting report.

Foxholm, Upper Souris NWR, Lake Darling: Spotty walleye success on Lake Darling but when they can be located, the bite is good. Ice is OK yet. Water below the dam is opening up. No access advised.

Garrison, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Lakes Audubon and Sakakawea: Check ice conditions before venturing onto Lake Sakakawea with some honeycombing already occurring.

Garrison, 6-Mile Bait & Tackle, Lakes Audubon & Sakakawea: OK walleye success in Douglas Bay and the east end on Lake Sakakawea. Lake Audubon walleye success is in shallower water. Watch rapidly deteriorating ice conditions.

Harvey, Coal Mine Lake & area lakes: Ice conditions deteriorating on area lakes. Anglers are better off waiting for open shore-fishing opportunities.

Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Limited activity as shoreline conditions deteriorate. Look for open water shore-fishing along the Little Muddy River for pike.

New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Anglers are finding evening walleye bite on the Van Hook Arm with OK ice conditions yet. Parshall Bay has a good pike bite.

Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Accessing Lake Sakakawea is difficult with muddy shorelines, open water along the edges, and water on top of the ice. Missouri River tailrace is producing an occasional fish, a mix of pike, walleye, and catfish.

Ruthville, Ruthville Store, Lake Darling & area lakes: A few anglers going to Baker’s Bridge for pike but limited walleye from Lake Darling.

Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River/area lakes: Limited activity as shoreline conditions deteriorate. Look for open water shore-fishing along the Little Muddy River for pike.

Spring migration

North Dakota: The bulk of the light goose migration remains south of the state but reports of huntable numbers are coming from south-central and southeast N.D.

South Dakota: Most birds are in central, north-central, and northeast S.D. but could move quickly through with little snow cover in the northeast.

Numbers 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: (