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By Patricia Stockdill
North Dakota Game and Fish 

Dakota Recreation Report: Nov. 12, 2018


November 12, 2018

Outdoor notes:

*Nov. 25: Deer gun season closes.

*Nov. 25: Mountain lion Zone 1 early season opens.


*Devils Lake elevation, Nov. 6: 1,448.26 feet above mean sea level (MSL).

*Stump Lake elevation: 1,448.18 MSL.

*Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,841.88 MSL; 29,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

*N.D. Game and Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: No reports from Devils Lake, east-central area lakes, or the Missouri River System.

*Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait Shop, Devils Lake: Little to no activity.

*Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Minnewaukan: Weather limiting activity.

*Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Devils Lake: No new reports with little activity on Devils Lake.

*Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: No activity.

*Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait and Tackle, Jamestown: Little to no activity on area lakes.

*Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No activity on area lakes.

*Lake Ashtabula, Ashtabula Crossing, Luverne: Little to no activity.

*Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: No activity.

*Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait and Tackle, Garrison: Most activity on Lake Sakakawea is from Douglas Bay west. No reports from Lake Audubon or the Missouri River.

*Lake Sakakawea/Lake Audubon/Missouri River, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Pick City: Missouri River tailrace continues producing walleye activity from boat and shore, weather permitting. Try 3-way swivels or crankbaits. Also try crankbaits from shore with best success in the evening. Occasional trout and salmon mixed in. Not much Lake Sakakawea activity but an occasional salmon might show up from shore.

*Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Coal Mine Lake closed until ice-over. No reports from other area lakes.

*Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait and Tackle, Jamestown: No new reports.

*Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Quiet.

*Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait and Tackle, Jamestown: Generally quiet.

*Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No new reports.


*Pheasants: A few more birds showing up in pockets around portions of central and west-central N.D. with corn harvest winding down.

*Waterfowl: Look for more bird movement in the Devils Lake area with colder weather. Not much for duck numbers but good numbers of snow geese. They’re mostly adults, however, and are tough to decoy. Massive flocks of snow geese were around Arrowwood Nat’l. Wildlife Refuge earlier in the week. Water starting to ice over in far northeast N.D. and local birds moved out. Some Canada goose success in the north-central part of N.D. Most ducks moved out. Good waterfowl numbers around Lonetree Wildlife Management Area and central N.D.

Numbers to know:

*N.D. Game and Fish Department, main Bismarck office: (701) 328-6300, website: (

 *N.D. Game and Fish Department, Devils Lake office: (701) 662-3617.

 *N.D. Game and Fish Department, Jamestown office: (701) 253-6480.

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


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