Daily Edge for Sat. June 24

HANG ON! Just one more windy day between you and angling bliss! Sunday will be a free-for-all, as the last day of the major moonphase occurs weather conditions will be ideal.  With no rain in the forecast for a few more days, growing drought conditions are a concern, however, good roadside pheasant reports are starting to come in – from US!

(Featured Photo: A pair of hen pheasants make a sunrise run along a gravel road south of Moon Lake in Barnes County, N.D.  Simonson Photo)


WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Northwest breezes dominate once again, but a warm up is on the way.
Today:  Sat 6/24 – Windy and cool. Hi 65, Lo 44, Winds NW @18 mph.
Tomorrow: Sun 6/25 – Gettin’ better. Hi 71, Lo 43, Winds W to N @ 8 mph.

SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:49AM Sunset: 9:41PM
Moonrise: 6:40AM Moonset: 10:12PM
Overhead: 2:27PM Underfoot: 1:56AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (1% Full)

EDGE HOUR: 9:30 – 10:30PM.  Winds continue today but drop near sunset, so hit those southern points and reefs that have been hammered by recent gusts.  Combine those improving conditions with moonrise and low-light conditions to maximize your opportunities.


A majority of North Dakota finds itself in a deepening drought. (Image Courtesy USDA)


CODE RED.  Severe drought conditions are setting up across the Peace Garden State as of Thursday’s USDA report. The southwestern two-thirds of the state is about four inches behind in rainfall in the past two months and with only scattered showers predicted in the next seven days, it is likely to continue.  Watch for burning bans to be placed in effect with the approaching Fourth of July holiday.

CHICKS MAN.  Despite the drought conditions, Dakota Edge’s Nick Simonson reports the first brood of pheasant chicks spotted northwest of Bismarck on a country cruise on Thursday.  Three small – but extremely mobile – pheasant chicks darted in and out of the roadside grass around their mother in the windy conditions on Friday, June 23.  If you have hatch reports, send them to us!

HEAVY LIFTING?  Species of fish like catfish and sturgeon (and yes…bullheads and carp) often are adorned with whisker-like barbels, which are sensory organs that allow them to detect food in their environment. A combination of taste and smell sensors let them pick up the live prey items and carrion they feed on, in the often dingy and dark dpeths where their limited sight makes little difference. This is why baits with slime trails, like nightcrawlers and frogs, or stink baits like soured mooneye strips, are popular choices for these fish.

You’ve got the edge, now put it to use!

Stay Sharp!

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