Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

Saturday: Lake Region Longbeards Nat’l Wild Turkey Federation banquet (NWTF), Devils Lake KC Hall.

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

Monday: N.D. Game & Fish Dept. advisory board meeting, Williston MDU, 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Game & Fish Dept. advisory board meeting, Makoti Senior Citizen Center, 7 p.m.

Tuesday: New furbearer and fishing licenses due.

Tuesday: Snowmobile N.D. trails close.

April 5: Missouri River Longbeards NWTF banquet, Washburn Memorial Hall.

April 8: Game & Fish Dept. advisory board meeting, Lake Region College, Devils Lake, 7 p.m.

April 11: Badlands Toms NWTF banquet, Watford City Outlaws Bar & Grill.

April 12: Spring turkey season opens.

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


Devils Lake elevation, March 26: 1,452.32 feet above mean sea level.

Stump Lake elevation: 1,452.44 feet.

Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,835.26 feet; 16,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Devils Lake ice conditions are deteriorating and vehicle access not recommended. However, those accessing with 4-wheelers could try 6-Mile Bay for walleye and pike or Black Tiger Bay for perch. Also work the shallower water for a morning and evening bite on Devils Lake.

Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Continued activity on Devils Lake, Lake Audubon, and small area lakes east of Bismarck.

Bottineau, Four Seasons, Lake Metigoshe: Continued good bluegill success with some walleye scattered in. Continued success for nice-sized pike. Ice conditions remain OK.

Coleharbor, Totten Trail, Lakes Audubon & Sakakawea: Lake Audubon has a decent walleye bite with OK ice yet. However, use caution as ice could start deteriorating. Some bigger fish showing up. Limited activity and reports from Lake Sakakawea.

Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait, Devils Lake: Continued fair to good walleye and perch success. Move around to locate active schools but watch for changing ice conditions.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Devils Lake: Pelican Lake good for perch in about 18 to 20 feet. Try the north end of 6-Mile Bay for walleye in 16 to 18 feet.

Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Lake Sakakawea on the rise, which limited activity. However, try 8 to 12 feet for pike around Skunk, McKenzie, and Mossett bays.

Garrison, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Lakes Audubon and Sakakawea: Continued walleye success on Lake Audubon but pickups not recommended for accessing the lake. Lake Sakakawea ice is marginal but anglers are catching fish. Be extremely cautious and use discretion.

Garrison, 6-Mile Bait & Tackle, Lakes Audubon & Sakakawea: Lake Audubon has a good east end walleye bite. No reports from Lake Sakakawea with shoreline starting to open.

Harvey, Coal Mine Lake & area lakes: Look for ice conditions to deteriorate soon, although Goose Lake remains good for pike and pike and fair for walleye. Antelope and Hurdsfield lakes fair to good for perch and walleye.

Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Try the Heskett Plant from shore on the Missouri River for walleye. The river is still iced over around Graner’s Bottoms.

New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: No activity with rising lake levels creating open water along the edges.

Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Lake Audubon continues producing an evening walleye bite. Try jigs and minnows. Ice remains OK. Lake Sakakawea access isn’t good. Missouri River producing a smattering of some species, including walleye, trout, pike, and catfish using a variety of presentation with more anglers on the water in the tailrace.

Ruthville, Ruthville Store, Lake Darling & area lakes: Limited activity and reports from Lake Darling and the Souris River.

Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River/area lakes: Thawing and freezing is creating poor ice on Lake Sakakawea. Try Cottonwood, Springbrook Dam, and Blacktail Dam for perch with walking access only.

Spring migration

North Dakota: Snow geese continue moving in and around the southeast, however, they’re continually on the move and locations vary constantly. Many moved back south last Friday with the cold weather but will move back as soon as they can. Try scouting for birds across Dickey, McIntosh, LaMoure, Barnes, Stutsman and Kidder counties as well as Long Lake. Try just stopping and listening for birds to located flocks. Avoid driving on soft and muddy roads and don’t go into muddy fields.

South Dakota: Snow geese are building in large numbers in northeastern and north-central S.D.

Numbers to know

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

Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website: (www.fws.gov/