FISHIN’ FUN! There’s a lot of great news and facts in today’s Three Things as another warm day heats up the summer bite across the Peace Garden State. A shot of relief may come early this morning as thunderstorms roll across the northern prairie, but heat will return for one more day before a brief cool down. Looking two weeks out, well, let’s say that it’s going to be a hot July.
(Featured Photo: A smallmouth bass smashes a Texas-rigged bleeding-tail tube. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 7/11 – Chance for thunder first half. Hi 93, Lo 68, Winds S to N @ 11 mph.
Tomorrow: Tue 7/12 – A brief cool down. Hi 85, Lo 57, Winds N @ 8 mph.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:01AM Sunset: 9:36PM
Moonrise: 11:07PM Moonset: 8:30AM
Overhead: 3:29AM Underfoot: 3:53PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (94% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 3:30 – 4:30 PM. The afternoon will be your better bet, and before the winds switch to true north will be your best chance at a hot bite after the possibility for thunderstorms subside. Depending on how the weather goes, focus on the back half of the day and be prepared to use the moon times and sunset to overcome the morning rumbles.
THE EYES HAVE IT. The NDG&F reports that a record high of over 12 million walleye fingerlings were stocked statewide, up 1 million from 2016. 7 million of those fish went into smaller lakes around the state, showcasing the expanding fishing opportunities in N.D.
CHEW ON THIS. Making the rounds on social media this week is a video by Cody Wolters of West Fargo, N.D. of a massive muskie that appears to have bitten off more than it could chew. T-boned in the big esox’s mouth is a pike of about five pounds. From his kayak Wolters videotaped the scene amidst lily pads as the predator and its lunch make their way through the shallows.
GOLDEN BRONZE. The N.D. state record smallmouth bass is a football in the truest sense of the word. At just 19 inches long, the top bronzeback in state history weighed an impressive 6-13 when it was caught from Lake Darling in April of 2007 by Bruce Elberg of Burlington, N.D.
Now you know! Stay Sharp!