SHARPEN UP WITH THE DAILY EDGE – FREE FISHING DAYS & TAKE A KID TIPS
Welcome back to the Daily Edge! Here you’ll find everything you need to get the most out of your hunting, fishing and outdoor adventures in North Dakota and beyond!
We’ll start with daily conditions and times each day, and go into the news stories, events, word of the weird, photos, events and other topics to give you the edge when you’re out there! All forecasts and times are for Bismarck, unless otherwise noted. (Shift moon and sun times earlier for eastern destinations)
(Featured Photo: Decker Kerkaert of Marshall, Minn. pauses for a picture with a nice smallie he landed for his cousin on Lake Ida in Minnesota – Photo Submitted) Have a photo you’d like to share? Email Us!
Gusts fading into a midweek stretch of warmer temps and moderate winds. Where were these conditions for the long holiday weekend?
Today: Tue 5/30 – Cool to start, sunny, less wind. Hi: 70 Lo: 41 Wind N @ 17 mph.
Tomorrow: Wed 5/31 – Dare we say “perfect?” Hi: 75 Lo: 45 Wind S @ 9 mph. Yeah…perfect!
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Sunrise: 5:53am Sunset: 9:28pm
Moonrise: 11:18am Moonset: 1:13am
Overhead: 6:40pm Underfoot: 6:13am
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (28%)
EDGE HOUR: (The best sixty minutes to be out on the water or in the field, based on weather, solunar times and shifts in conditions). 5:30 – 6:30am
Get up early to take advantage of calmer morning winds and pair the sunrise with moon underfoot for a good hour of fishing. Continued northerly winds will keep fish stacked up on south side structures. Check those high percentage areas out on your favorite lake today.
FREE FISHING WEEKEND APPROACHES
In an effort to expand the enjoyment of angling in the state, adults (16 and up) can fish for free the weekend of June 3 & 4 in North Dakota without a license. This provides a perfect opportunity to take young people out fishing and perhaps reintroduce older anglers to the sport. Learn more at the North Dakota Game & Fish Dept. Website.
With free fishing weekend coming up, Dakota Edge Outdoors has a quick rundown of what it takes for a successful fishing trip with new or younger anglers.
1) Fish where there are fish – try local public or private ponds stocked with readily-biting fish like bluegills, trout, perch or even bullheads to keep the bobber going up and down.
2) Keep it simple – Start with slip floats over small jigs tipped with a piece of crawler or waxworm for bluegills with kids age 2-5, and advance the presentation and species options based on age and experience.
3) Pack a snack – Juice boxes, granola bars, trail mix, deer or goose jerky and other easy-to-pack snacks help keep young anglers satiated and focused.
4) Look around – Point out other interesting things going on in the natural world. Identify birds, count swimming goslings, look for turtles, frogs or other aquatic species. Make the adventure about more than just catching fish.
5) Know when to say when – If boredom, temper tantrums, or a slow bite sets in, know when to call the trip. Positive, fast action helps build appreciation for the outdoors, tough times don’t.
YOU HAVE SEVEN DAYS
Just SEVEN days remain for hunters to get their firearms deer lottery applications submitted to the NDG&F. Applications and payment can be submitted online, via mail or in person at the NDG&F Offices at 100 N. Bismarck Expressway, but must be received by June 7th. This year, 54,500 licenses are available, up 5,500 from 2016, for more information, check out the 2017 Deer Hunting Guide.