SOUNDS LIKE GOOD FISHING! We’ve got the tips on where the walleyes are biting throughout the state in this week’s installment of the Dakota Edge Outdoors Show and we share more information below on keeping WMA’s firework (and wildfire) free in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A ruddy duck patrols the cattail shoreline of a slough in Barnes County, N.D. Ruddy ducks were down significantly in the breeding duck survey conducted by the NDG&F in May – we talk more about that in our podcast. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
A cooldown settles in over the next couple of days. We’ll get a better bead on the weather for the holiday week by Saturday, as models come into alignment.
Today: Thu 6/29 – Overcast, PM Rain Chance. Hi 74, Lo 57, Winds SW @ 9 mph.
Tomorrow: Fri 6/30 – Cloudy, cooler, damp. Hi 66, Lo 54, Winds NW @ 14 mph.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:52AM Sunset: 9:41PM
Moonrise: 12:27PM Moonset: 12:56AM
Overhead: 7:00PM Underfoot: 6:37AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (37% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:45 – 6:45AM. Go with the morning bite as sunrise and moon underfoot match up with lower rain chances early in the day. Instability and cooler temps may prove to be a factor against success, so first light will be your best bet to get an edge on the water.
WATERFOWL & WALLEYES. Check out the most recent installment of the Dakota Edge Outdoors Show, as we go behind the breeding duck survey numbers with NDG&F’s Mike Szymanski to break down the dip in waterfowl observed this spring. Then we hit the regional hotspots for walleye tips from Six Mile Corner, Ed’s Bait Shop and Gun & Reel Sports, giving you the know-how to catch the state’s most prized fish.
SPARK IT UP (ELSEWHERE). The NDG&F Dept. is advising Independence Day revelers that fireworks are prohibited on Wildlife Management Areas. Not only are conditions a bit dry right now lending themselves to a bottle rocket-caused wildfire; the noise, flashing and disturbance can disrupt recruitment of upland birds, waterfowl and big game. So, keep your sparklers and snakes (and Roman candles and M-80s) at home and off public lands.
LAGGING BY 4. Speaking of dry conditions, currently, much of North Dakota sits at about 4 inches of rain under the norm since May 1, even with last night’s round of showers. Drought conditions are expected to persist and an update in the drought monitor is expected today from the USDA.