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Dakota Recreation Report: Feb. 10, 2020

 

February 10, 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.

*Warm weather created water, slush and slush pockets on top of many lakes throughout the state. Anglers should check houses to make sure they don’t freeze in.

*Feb. 12: Turkey applications due.

Tournaments:

*Feb. 15: Lake Ashtabula, Stump Lake.

*Feb. 22: Devils Lake, Lake Audubon.

Fishing:

*Devils Lake elevation, Feb. 4: 1,448.98 feet above mean sea level (MSL).

*Stump Lake elevation: 1,448.91 MSL.

*Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,838.04 MSL; 25,300 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

*Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait Shop, Devils Lake: Not big numbers of perch but anglers finding some nice-sized ones. Work deep. Consistent walleye and white bass activity.

*Devils Lake, Lakeview Lodge, Minnewaukan: Improving perch success on sunnier days. Northern feeder lakes continue producing fair but spotty walleye activity.

*Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Devils Lake: Mixed walleye success with anglers marking fish but a bit of a finicky bite at times. Work structure and try 17 to 25 feet for walleye; deeper for perch. Generally good access.

*Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: Area lakes remain quiet with tough access in many areas.

*Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait & Tackle, Jamestown: Look for some perch success from smaller area lakes. Jamestown Reservoir remains closed to access.

*Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Steady success throughout most small area lakes with generally OK access

*Lake Ashtabula, Ashtabula Crossing, Luverne: Ice remains good with trail open from the crossing to the creek down to almost to the dam. Generally fair success for a mix of crappie, walleye, and perch. Look for crappier movement towards the creek soon. Try minnows or wax worms for panfish in 12 to 22 feet.

*Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Slushy conditions remain on the lake Anglers still using portables on the lake and leaving them on the ice. Overall mediocre success with occasional perch.

*Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: South side of Lake Audubon producing some walleye success. Lots of houses along the south shore and off the East Totten boat ramp. Several anglers moved houses off the east end of Lake Sakakawea.

*Lake Sakakawea/Lake Audubon/Missouri River, Scott’s Bait and Tackle, Pick City: Missouri River tailrace continues producing fish from boat and shore with best success in the morning and evening. Try jigs and minnows or crankbaits for walleye. Limited Lake Sakakawea reports but look for some scattered walleye success at night. Pike spearing continues around Wolf Creek. Scattered and fair walleye success throughout much of Lake Audubon.

*Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Most area lakes, including Clear, Antelope, Hinsz, Goose, and Stober lakes, generally slow. Ice conditions generally good for driving but still remain cautious.

*Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No Access  

*Spiritwood, Pioneer Bait & Tackle, Jamestown: No reports.

Downhill Skiing (conditions can vary):

*Bottineau Winter Park, Bottineau: 10- to 30-inch base with seven trails and bunny slope 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. (conditions can vary): 18- to 32-inch machine groomed base with 14 runs and Terrain Park open.

*Frostfire Ski Area, Walhalla: Five trails, Harebell beginner trail, and Terrain Park open Friday through Sunday.

*Huff Hills Ski Area, Mandan: 20- to 24-inch machine groomed base with 8 runs, bunny lift, and all chairs open.

Snowmobile N.D. trails (conditions can vary):

*Cattail (Barnes, Cass, Steele, & Traill counties): 5- to 9-inch base with trails open and in good condition.

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

*Lake Region (Nelson & Ramsey counties): All trails open except six with 4- to 8-inch base.

*Missouri Valley (Burleigh & Emmons counties): Wilton, Sterling, Moffit and Hague trails open with 3- to 6-inch base. Watch for possible water on lakes and sloughs. Snow removal operations along highways 83 and 11 created large dropoffs and deep cuts. Slow down and beware of changing conditions. Thin ice west of McKenzie on Sterling Trail by culvert on large slough. Stay on shoulder. Open water on Moffit Trail along highway north of Moffit.

*Northeast (Cavalier, Pembina, & Walsh counties): 4- to 8-inch base with all trails open and in good condition.

*Red River North (Pembina & Walsh counties): All trails open with 4- to 8-inch base. Good conditions in ditches.

*Red River South (Grand Forks and Walsh counties) All trails open and in good condition with 4- to 8t-inch base.

*Sheyenne Valley (Barnes, Dickey, LaMoure, Ransom, & Stutsman counties): 8- to 12-inch base. J1, V2, V5, V6, L1, & M1 trails open and in fair condition. McKinnes Trail moved to Hwy. 46.

*Southern Valley (Richland County): 8- to 14-inch base with all trails open and in good condition.

*All other trails closed until there are better conditions.

Numbers to know:

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

 
 

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