Dakota Recreation Report

Outdoor notes

New fishing and furbearer licenses now due.

New boat registrations due.

Today-Saturday: N.D. Nat’l Archery in the Schools state meet, Bismarck VFW Sports Arena.

Today: Badlands Toms Nat’l Wild Turkey Federation banquet, Outlaws, Watford City.

Saturday: Audubon Nat’l Wildlife Refuge Nature Fest workshop with a variety of nature-based classes. Call the refuge, (701) 442-5474, to pre-register and for more information.

Saturday: Spring turkey season opens.

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

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

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

April 19: Sakakawea DU Hunter’s Party, Garrison Auditorium, 5:30 p.m.

Fishing

Devils Lake elevation, April 9: 1,452.46 feet above mean sea level.

Stump Lake elevation: 1,452.6 feet.

Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,836.51 feet; 20,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Lake Sakakawea fair for pike but watch deteriorating ice conditions. Lake Audubon fair but inconsistent for walleye. An occasional walleye from the chutes below Garrison Dam with a trout and salmon or two mixed in. Look for edges to start deteriorating soon on Lake Metigoshe but anglers are still finding some bluegill success.

Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River/area lakes: Some walleye success from boat and shore at Eckroth Bottoms on the Missouri River.

Bottineau, Four Seasons, Lake Metigoshe: Continued bluegill success with increasing walleye numbers. Watch deteriorating ice conditions along the shorelines.

Bottineau, Lake Metigoshe State Park, Lake Metigoshe: Look for ice conditions to start deteriorating soon on Lake Metigoshe but anglers are still finding bluegill in the evening with some pike success in shallower water.

Coleharbor, Totten Trail, Lakes Audubon & Sakakawea: Lake Audubon and Lake Sakakawea slow with rapidly deteriorating ice and sloppy conditions along the edges. Those venturing out area still finding a few fish but conditions will soon limit any ice access. Missouri River tailrace slow but anglers are finding nice walleye around Bismarck-Mandan.

Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait, Devils Lake: Walking access only on Devils Lake but look for activity around the bridges, Pelican Lake, and east Devils Lake.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Devils Lake: Limited activity as ice conditions start to deteriorate. Look for pike success around open water shorelines soon. Bridges have open water so try casting for walleye from shore.

Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Sakakawea/area lakes: Ice conditions are deteriorating so activity on Lake Sakakawea and area lakes is limited to waiting for water open along the shorelines. Try below the dam at Lake Tschida for walleye activity.

Garrison, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Lakes Audubon and Sakakawea: Ice conditions deteriorating on Lake Sakakawea and Lake Audubon. Look for open water along shorelines.

Garrison, 6-Mile Bait & Tackle, Lakes Audubon & Sakakawea: Watch conditions before walking onto ice but those still going to Lake Audubon are finding walleye on the east end. Missouri River was producing a few fish but turned quiet recently. Lake Sakakawea starting to open along the shorelines with rising lake elevations.

Harvey, Coal Mine Lake & area lakes: Look for pike activity along open waters of the Sheyenne River where access is available. Ice deteriorating on area lakes so anglers are waiting for open water.

Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River/area lakes: Continued walleye activity from boats on the Missouri River, including Hazelton Bottoms. Try Eckroth Bottoms from shore

New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Ice conditions are deteriorating along the shoreline so access is no longer available onto the ice. Look for some pike activity at Parshall Bay, although earlier success was through the ice and not open water.

Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Some anglers still venturing onto Lake Audubon for an afternoon and evening walleye bite with some pike mixed in. Limited perch reports. Ice conditions will start to deteriorate soon. Missouri River remains slow from both boat and shore, although a few fish are being caught. Look for open water edges on Lake Sakakawea for pike soon.

Ruthville, Ruthville Store, Lake Darling & area lakes: Look for perch success at Grano along with activity below Lake Darling Dam and at Baker’s Bridge.

Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River/area lakes: Ice conditions are deteriorating along the shoreline so access is no longer available onto the ice. Look for some pike activity at Parshall Bay, although earlier success was through the ice and not open water.

Spring migration

North Dakota: Snow goose numbers were strongest from Sargent County and Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge and points west and north. Bird numbers in South Dakota the early part of the week indicate migration is fast but not over with, either. Without sheet water in Richland, Cass, and Trail County the snow goose migration through extreme eastern counties is virtually non-existent except for a rare stray flock. However, there is usually potential for late season trailing migrants to show up just about anywhere, so don’t be discouraged. If hunting eastern N.D. be prepared for few birds or consider looking towards the James Valley corridor and north and south. Birds also moving into northeast and north-central N.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/

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