Feb. 11: N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Hunter Education conference, Bismarck.
Feb. 11: Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Darkhouse spearing workshop, Lake Darling. More information and registration available on the N.D. Game & Fish Dept. website, (gf.nd.gov) or contact BOW coordinator, Nancy Boldt, 328-6312 for more information.
Feb. 15: Spring turkey applications due.
Feb. 17: West Dakota Waterfowlers, Delta Waterfowl banquet, Grand International Inn, Minot, 5:30 p.m.
Tournaments: Feb. 4: Lake Sakakawea, Van Hook Arm. Feb. 11: North and South Carlson Lake.
The Dakota Recreation Report is compiled by Patricia Stockdill, a freelance writer who lives in Garrison.
N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Continued walleye activity on the Missouri River. Lake Audubon has pressure ridges and springs popping up so use caution, especially at night. The lake had at least 8 open areas early in the week. Brush and Crooked lakes remain good. Anglers might want to check their houses because with warm weather some could become frozen into the ice. Predator calling continues to be somewhat disappointing. Try switching from rabbit to mouse squeaks. With more snow in some areas, snowmobilers are reminded to avoid chasing and harassing wildlife and report violators.
Bismarck, Dakota Tackle, Missouri River / area lakes: Lake Audubon remains fair. Beaver Bay on Lake Oahe spotty for walleye, pike and perch with most activity on the east side of the bridge. Watch for open water under the bridge.
Bottineau, Four Seasons, Lake Metigoshe: Steady success. Try sundown hours for walleye. Sort through the small bluegill for keepers.
Bottineau, Lake Metigoshe State Park, Lake Metigoshe: Lake Metigoshe generally slow.
Devils Lake, Ed's Bait, Devils Lake: Lake Irvine remains decent for walleye. Also try the west side of the Minnewaukan Flats, Fort Totten, Stromme's Addition, Prouty's Point and Mission Bay. Try 8 to 20 feet using rattling jigs and minnow heads. Try Stromme's, Prouty's, Black Tiger Bay or East Bay for perch in 20 to 50 feet.
Devils Lake, Woodland Resort, Devils Lake: Continued fair for perch, walleye and pike in 20 to 40 feet with success throughout most of the lake, including Lake Irvine. Bigger walleye seem to be shallower. Access remains good onto the lake but watch pressure ridges.
Dickinson, Andrus Outdoors, Lake Saka-kawea / area lakes: Skunk Bay on Lake Sakakawea producing walleye in 20 feet using jigs and minnows. Also try north and south of the New Town Bridge for sauger and walleye but watch ice conditions with areas of open water and extremely variable ice depths.
Estevan, Saskatche-wan Environment, Rafferty Dam and area lakes: Fair to good success on the Souris River. Watch river ice conditions, however, with varying ice thickness. Rafferty Dam is producing some pike and walleye but inconsistent. Alameda Dam quiet.
Foxholm, Upper Souris NWR, Lake Darling: Lake Darling and the Souris River below the dam remain fair for pike with some perch coming from the lake. Watch ice conditions with recent warm weather and be sure to check houses so they don't freeze down.
Garrison, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Lakes Audu-bon and Sakakawea: Fair to good for walleye on the southeast end of Lake Audubon using jigs and minnows. Best success is in late afternoon and evening in 6 to 16 feet. Missouri River remains fair from boat for walleye.
Garrison, Six-Mile Bait & Tackle, Lakes Audu-bon and Sakakawea: Ice conditions vary greatly on the east end of Lake Sakakawea and the bite is slow so anglers are probably better off working the north side of Lake Audubon. Try Velva Bay or north of the refuge headquarters.
Harvey, Coal Mine Lake and area lakes: Coal Mine Lake fair for pike but water is too cloudy for spearing. Harvey Dam fair for pike. Goose Lake good for perch and fair, but inconsistent, for walleye and pike. Hurdsfield Lake fair, but inconsistent, for walleye and perch.
Mandan, Southside MVP, Missouri River / area lakes: Continued fair walleye success in the early morning or early evening around Eckroth Bottoms on the Missouri River. Also try 4-Mile on Lake Oahe.
New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: Van Hook Arm starting to producing walleye with ice conditions limiting anglers to the bay itself. Best success is throughout the night.
Pick City, Scott's Bait & Tackle, Lake Saka-kawea / Missouri River: Missouri River remains good for walleye from boat using jigs and minnows. Also experiment with plastics. Fair from shore.
Ruthville, Ruthville Store, Lake Darling and area lakes: Activity slowed with warm weather creating ice concerns. Anglers still finding some pike below Lake Darling Dam in the Souris River. Lake Audubon slowed.
Williston, Scenic Sports, Lake Sakakawea / Missouri River / area lakes: Continued activity on Lake Sakakawea. Move around and work 25 to 40 feet for walleye and sauger. Trenton Lake continues producing crappie.
Devils Lake elevation, Feb. 1: 1,453.39 feet above mean sea level.
Stump Lake elevation, Feb. 1: 1,453.39 feet.
Lake Sakakawea elevation, Feb. 1: 1,838.2 feet; 22,000 cubic feet per second average Garrison Dam daily releases.
Downhill skiing, Feb. 1:
Bottineau Winter Park, Bottineau: Some 8- to 16-inch base with groomed powder conditions. All runs and lifts open with three Tube Park runs and several rails and jumps in the Terrain Park.
Frostfire Ski Area, Walhalla: Some 15- to 25-inch base with about 4 inches of new snow over the past week. All runs open.
Huff Hills, Mandan: Some 10- to 36-inch base with packed powder, loose granular conditions. Five run, two lifts and bunny tow open.
Terry Peak, Lead, S.D.: Some 16- to 22-inch base with machine groomed, packed powder conditions. Twenty-five runs and four lifts open.
N.D. Parks & Recreation Dept. State Parks cross-country ski trails, Feb. 3:
Lake Metigoshe, Bottineau: Trails have snow and are open with poor to fair conditions. Not enough snow to groom or work with and conditions are deteriorating with continued warm weather.
Icelandic, Cavalier: Trails are packed but lack enough snow for grooming. They're reported to be skiable even though snow cover is minimal.