Daily Edge for Sat. July 15

SWEET SUMMER RAIN!  A line of storms brought gully washers across much of central and eastern North Dakota as totals for the hour-long storm topped half an inch in some places, enough to keep the dust down, hopefully green the grass and put a dent in the drought monitor next week.  In the meantime, hatch reports are becoming more obvious as hay fields go down.

(Featured Image: A rainbow forms over western Bismarck as storms pass through the area. Simonson Photo)

DAILY CONDITIONS:

WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today:  Sat 7/15 – Heat backs off some. Hi 88, Lo 66, Winds N @ 10 mph.
Tomorrow: Sun 7/16 – Winds switch. Hi 90, Lo 65, Winds S @ 15 mph.

SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:05AM Sunset: 9:33PM
Moonrise: 12:35AM Moonset: 12:52PM
Overhead: 6:38AM Underfoot: 7:02PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (62% Full)

EDGE HOUR.  6:00 – 7:00AM After last evening’s little bump, you’ll need some help early today to get things going, lucky for you the sun and moon align with sunrise and moon overhead during the first hour of the day, exploit this 90-degree coincidence on this near 90-degree day for some hot fishing.

DAY RATING:
3Fish

THREE THINGS.

RAIN O’ER ME.  A solid line of storms developed on the east end of Lake Sakakawea, bringing strong winds and rain in a line from the southwest corner of the state to just east of Minot and Bottineau, rolling through the remaining portion of N.D.  Condolences to the northwest corner, where drought conditions persist and fire danger remains high. 

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A hen and seven chicks spotted northwest of Bismarck (Simonson Photo)

LET’S TALK ABOUT CHICKS.  Pheasant chicks are developing quickly, with many seen flying across the gravel roads throughout the region.  With many private grasslands being hayed and CRP acreages being opened up for haying, that’s a good thing, as the birds will be able to escape mowers and other equipment, but for those late hatchers, a flushing bar is a wildlife-friendly investment.

ILO THERE. The Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge is a complex of over 4,000 acres, supporting multiple habitats from uplands to sloughs and the lake itself, which was created by the damming of small creeks in the area some 80 years ago.  Lake Ilo NWR boasts species counts of 227 birds, 36 mammals, 6 reptiles, 3 amphibians, and 11 fish.

You got a weekend plan yet?  Now you do!  Stay Sharp!

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