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Dakota Recreation Report: Jan. 13, 2020


January 13, 2020

Outdoor notes:

*Ice is never completely safe. Avoid areas with vegetation, moving water, pressure ridges and springs. Check conditions as you go along on the ice.


*Devils Lake elevation, Jan. 7: 1,448.95 feet above mean sea level (MSL).

*Stump Lake elevation: 1,448.88 MSL.

*Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,839.08 MSL; 22,600 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

*N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Devils Lake somewhat slow with a few perch taken deep. Anglers need to move around quite a bit to locate them, however. Try late morning or early evening after sundown for walleye. Ice is still extremely variable and vehicle access still not advised. Not much activity on the east end of Lake Sakakawea. Use caution with variable ice conditions.

*Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait Shop, Devils Lake: Some nice-sized walleye from Devils Lake, Pelican Lake, and northern feeder lakes. Depth varies greatly from 8 to 50 feet throughout much of the lake and time of day. Some improving perch numbers coming from Creel Bay, as well as continued success from the east side along Black Tiger and East bays. Also try flooded timber around Grahams Island or New Mill and Hog bays. Watch for slush pockets and variable ice on Stump Lake, especially on the east side.

*Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Minnewaukan: Fair to good perch success working East Bay along the Woods-Routen Road. Consistent walleye success throughout most of Devils Lake as well as northern feeder lakes. Occasional pike while walleye fishing, as well.

*Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Devils Lake: Fair to good for walleye in 20 to 24 feet with better success in the morning or towards dusk. Try tip-ups and minnows, jigging Raps, spoons, or dead rigs working structure. Work deeper in 40 feet for perch with minnow heads or wax worms. Locate treed areas

*Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: Some activity on area lakes but access could still be a problem on some area lakes. Limited reports.

*Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait & Tackle, Jamestown. Snow is limiting access on many small area lakes. Jamestown Reservoir remains closed to access.

*Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Activity slowed with difficult access across many area lakes

*Lake Ashtabula, Ashtabula Crossing, Luverne: Some perch activity with a few crappie and walleye mixed in. Move around but ice depth varies greatly with slush on top in many areas on the main lake.

*Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: No vehicle access yet and watch for water and slush on top of the ice but anglers going out with ATVs are finding some perch and walleye success.

*Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Not many reports from the east end of Lake Sakakawea, although anglers finding some perch success. Lake Audubon also producing a few perch.

*Lake Sakakawea/Lake Audubon/Missouri River, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Pick City: Continued Missouri River tailrace walleye success from the chutes and shore. Best success with crankbaits from both and shore at night or jigs and minnows down river at times during the day. Wing walls starting to produce a few walleye with occasional ling.

*Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Area lakes generally slow, although anglers are catching an occasional fish.

*Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait & Tackle, Jamestown: No access permitted yet.

*Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Access remains closed.

*Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait & Tackle, Jamestown: No new reports with heavy snow along the shoreline.

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

Downhill Skiing:

*Bottineau Winter Park, Bottineau: 10- to 30-inch base with 8 trails groomed and in good condition. Chair and carpet lifts open. Three Sunny Side and four Backside tubing runs and lift open.

*Buena Vista Ski Area, Bemidji, Minn .: 18- to 32-inch base with packed powder conditions. 12 trails and Bear Track Terrain Park features open.

*Frostfire Ski Area, Walhalla: Ski area open for the season. Call (701) 549-3600 for information.

*Huff Hills Ski Area, Mandan: 19- to 25-inch machine groomed base with eight runs, bunny lift, one chair, and four Terrain Park features open.

*Hyland Ski Area, Bloomington, Minn .: 36- to 54-inch machine groomed, variable base, 11 runs, six lifts, and all Terrain Park features open.

N.D. Parks & Recreation Dept. cross-country ski trails:

*Icelandic, Arvilla: Warm weather earlier deteriorated trail conditions with ice and granular conditions and overall in fair condition. Sledding hill icy. Park open to snowshoeing and hiking.

Snowmobile N.D. trails:

*Cattail (Barnes, Cass, Steele, and Traill counties): 3- to 7-inch base with trails open.

*East-Central Valley (Cass & Richland counties):6- to 12-inch base with all trails open and in good condition.

*Lake Region (Nelson and Ramsey counties): A section open between Devils Lake and Lakota on trails 4, 5 and 6.

*Missouri Valley (Burleigh and Emmons counties): Wilton, Sterling, and Moffit trails open with 3- to 6-inch base. Watch for open water along sloughs and lake areas.

*Southern Valley (Richland County): 6- to 10-inch base with all trails open and in good condition.

*All other trails closed until there are better snow conditions.

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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