THRICE BITTEN! It’s a cooldown of sorts after a couple of scorching days tacked on for a long weekend. Here’s hoping you didn’t burn all your vacation up this week, because this weekend is going to be epic as well. With warm days, and long full moon nights, the fishing should be as hot as the weather! While you’re out there, keep an eye out for common pests, and just remember everything in our Three Things serves a purpose (even if it’s just target practice for you).
(Featured Photo: The sun sets behind a bank of clouds over a small bay. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
After highs of 100 and 97, we get a bit of a cooldown as north winds bring a drop of 10-12 degrees. The weekend looks amazing, as highs in the upper 80s and low 90s coincide with a full moon to keep that Fourth of July feeling – and fish feeding – into mid-month.
Today: Thu 7/6 – Temps moderate. Hi 87, Lo 65, Winds N @ 14 mph
Tomorrow: Fri 7/7 – A perfect Friday! Hi 86, Lo 59, Winds L&V
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:57AM Sunset: 9:38PM
Moonrise: 7:31PM Moonset: 4:17AM
Overhead: Fol. Day Underfoot: 11:52AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (94% Full)
EDGE HOUR 7:00 – 8:00PM. A near full moon will be the sway factor tonight, and an after-dinner bite will coincide with moonrise. Get out there and get on those southern shores, points and turns to find the fish that you’re after following today’s north breezes as gusts fade during the edge hour.
BITE ME. Mosquitoes thrive in damp areas. The recent drought conditions in ND have helped alleviate the widespread nature of the usual summer problem, but populations still exist no matter how dry it is, in lowlands, sloughs and other places with standing water. Often cursed as a useless species, mosquitoes and their larvae provide food for other insects, amphibians and small fish – so that bass you just caught is dependent on at least some of them for starting its life and feeding the things it eats.
TICKED OFF. According to an old adage my grandma used to repeat, we’re out of the woods! “Wood ticks die by the Fourth of July” is a common statement about how tick presence in the wild tends to decrease after spring – but, as a quick walk in the grass right now will tell you, it’s truly an old wives’ tale. In April and May, ticks seem the most abundant and also make people wonder what good they are, but as it turns out, ticks are eaten by a good number of birds, including wild turkeys, along with snakes and lizards.
OH DEER. Deer flies and horseflies are another summer pest which serve a purpose in the food chain as birds will eat them. Most commonly encountered on sunny days – perhaps while slowly trolling in your boat – these ankle-biters of sorts use knife-like jaws (and only the females in horse flies) to cut skin and suck out your blood for protein and other nutrients. They are most often preyed upon by human hands, rolled up newspapers and fly swatters.
Slather on the Deet and Stay Sharp!