ROLLING ON. Today straightens up as the afternoon settles in and tomorrow is a good one as well. Despite being a few degrees below normal, both should be perfect for honing your post-frontal fishing skills as the low pressure system meanders east. In the meantime, we’ve got some challenges for you in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A pop-up cloud rolls over the Missouri River valley. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 8/10 – Clouds move out early. Hi 75, Lo 55, Winds N @ 8.
Tomorrow: Fri 8/11 – Clouds come back late. Hi 77, Lo 54, Winds S @ 7.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:36AM Sunset: 9:00PM
Moonrise: 10:39PM Moonset: 9:36AM
Overhead: 3:04AM Underfoot: 4:13PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (91% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 6:00-7:00AM. Cloud cover will help extend the low-light bite into early morning. Sunrise will be the best hour of the day, as a shift comes later in the afternoon and things brighten up a bit.
UPLAND SLAM. Think you can pull this off this autumn: harvest a rooster pheasant, a sharptail grouse, a Hungarian partridge and a ruffie? While conditions might be challenging, opportunities for all four birds still exist in ND. And if you wanted to cheat a bit – head east to get your ruffed grouse!
FRESHWATER SLAM. Here’s another challenge for a season on North Dakota’s waters. Catch a pike over 40 inches, a walleye over 28 inches, a largemouth over 20 inches and a smallmouth over 18 inches. Or go for the panfish slam and catch a perch over 14 inches, a crappie over 14 inches and a bluegill over 10 inches. Or, make up your own– bullhead slam (yellow, brown, black) anyone?
20/20. Want a real challenge? Catch a 20 inch trout on a size 20 fly. You may have to look west for stream options, but if you find a few of the right stocked lakes in ND, completing this challenge can be a reality as well.