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Published December 26, 2008, 12:00 AM

Dakota Recreation Report for Dec. 26, 2008

Jamestown Sun

Dakota Recreation Report

Dec. 26, 2008

Patricia Stockdill

Closing hunting dates:

Jan. 2: Light geese, tundra swan.

Jan. 4: Partridge, pheasant, ruffed grouse, tree squirrels, sharp-tailed grouse, archery deer, High Plain.

Duck & Merganser Unit.

Jan. 11: Fall turkey.


Jan. 3: Lake Audubon, Totten Trail.


Lake Sakakawea elevation, Dec. 23: 1,825 feet above mean sea level.

Ice conditions are never completely safe. Use caution and avoid springs, bridges, vegetation, and areas with moving water beneath the ice. Check ice depth with a bar.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. Game Wardens: Limited activity on southeastern lakes. Ice depth varies on Lake Audubon with heavy snow in many access areas and on the ice. Fair walleye success with several icehouses on the lake. Use extra caution with extreme wind chills.

Alkaline Lake, Tappen: A few walleye and northern pike.

Coal Mine Lake, Anamoose: Fair for northern pike.

Devils Lake, Ed’s Bait & Tackle, Devils Lake: Not many reports from the main lake but fair to good for walleye in bays throughout much of Devils Lake. No perch reports.

Devils Lake, West Bay Resort, Minnewaukan: Little activity on the west side of Devils Lake, largely due to weather.

Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Creel Bay: Fair to good for walleye. Try Beer Can Island or Lake Irvine. Some northern pike activity at Jerusalem Bay on East Devils Lake or Walford’s Bay. Generally good ice conditions but depth varies. Occasional perch but nothing consistent. Access good yet.

Goose Lake, Harvey: Fair for northern pike and walleye but access extremely limited and difficult at best.

Harvey Dam, Harvey: Fair for northern pike and walleye but access extremely limited and difficult at best.

Jamestown Reservoir, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: More snow piling up with limited activity.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Weather permitting, a few more anglers going on the ice with some walleye, crappie, and perch success.

Lake Josephine, Tuttle: Slow to fair for small walleye and pike.

Lake Ashtabula, Bay Shore Resort, Valley City: Increasing fishing activity but snow is starting to pile on the lake. Some walleye and perch reports. Look for more activity with stable weather.

Lake Audubon, Audubon NWR, Coleharbor: Lots of snow piled in at refuge lake access points. About 50 houses on the lake on the refuge side. Auto tour route open for four-wheel-drive earlier in the week because someone pushed snow. However, access and snow conditions could vary on a daily basis with current weather trends. Overall, access onto Lake Audubon from the refuge side is difficult, at best.

Lake Sakakawea, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Garrison: Limited activity on Lake Audubon due to weather. No reports from Lake Sakakawea.

Lake Sakakawea, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Pick City: Limited fishing activity due to weather. Look for increasing activity as weather improves.

Missouri River, Dakota Tackle, Bismarck: Weather permitting, some walleye activity at Langelier’s and Cattail bays.

Pipestem Reservoir, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Little activity.

Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Weather permitting, increasing fishing activity.

Spiritwood Lake, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No reports.

Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: No reports.


N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. Game Wardens: Pheasants bunched with limited activity.

West-central N.D.: Pheasants are spooky and in heavy cover with snow and cold conditions.

N.D. Parks & Recreation State Park cross-country ski trails, as of Dec. 23:

Fort Ransom, Fort Ransom: Trails groomed Dec. 18 and in fair condition after 3 inches new snow over the past weekend. Cold weather limiting trail usage.

Grahams Island, Devils Lake: Trails tracked and in good condition with good base and 4 inches new snow.

Icelandic, Cavalier: About 6-inch base on trails with grooming planned for the week, weather permitting.

Lake Metigoshe, Bottineau: Trails have good base with 6 inches new snow and will be groomed, weather permitting. Snowmobile trail also groomed.

North Dakota ski areas, as of Dec. 23:

Bears Den Mountain, Fort Ransom: Ski area open with 6- to 10-inch base and several inches new, fluffy snow. All runs and lifts open. Open daily through Jan. 4.

Bottineau Winter Park, Bottineau: 8 trails and 3 lifts open for skiing and snowboarding on 12- to 20-inch base. 8 inches new snow.

Frostfire Ski Area, Walhalla: All ski runs and Terrain Park open with 6 to 8 inches new snow. Excellent conditions on 25-inch base. Open daily through Jan. 4.

Huff Hills, Mandan: 3 inches new snow on 16- to 31-inch base with packed powder conditions. 6 runs and 2 lifts open.

N.D. Snowmobile North Dakota, as of Dec. 23:

Missouri Valley (Burleigh and Emmons counties): 4- to 10-inch snow depth with 12 inches recent snow. Trail from Linton to Sterling and Bismarck open and groomed. Remaining trails closed until trail preparation complete.

North Central (Pierce and Benson counties): 4- to 10-inch snow depth with 4 inches recent snow. West trails around Rugby open with trails north and south of Rugby groomed by Tuesday. Trails in good conditions. East trail around Leeds and Churchs Ferry closed until more snow.

Sno-Trails (McHenry County): 5-inch snow depth with 6 to 10 inches recent snow. Trails from Surrey to Velva and Karlsruhe and from Towner, Granville, and back to Surrey groomed. Trails around Berthold and Foxholm closed.

Several trails are in the process of opening: East Central Valley (Cass County), Peace Garden Trail (Bottineau County), and Sheyenne Valley Trails (Stutsman, Barnes, and Ransom counties). Check Snowmobile North Dakota Web site ( for updates.

Numbers to know:

N.D. Game & Fish Department, main Bismarck office: 328-6300; Web site: (

N.D. Game & Fish Department, Jamestown office: 253-6480.

Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bismarck, Web site: (