Daily Edge for Thu. Aug. 24

GETTING IT LIT!  Dry, but slightly cooler air dominates the near-term forecast, until a weathermaker moves in for Friday afternoon and into early Saturday, but the weekend looks salvageable as we get closer to the unofficial end of summer.  We talk salmon – and the sweet and savory succulence that goes with it – in today’s Three Things.

(Featured Photo: A chunk of maple-glazed salmon fresh from the smoker is the reward for a good day of trolling. Simonson Photo)

DAILY CONDITIONS:

WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 8/24 – Very nice again. Hi 78, Lo 55, Winds SE @ 11.
Tomorrow:  Fri 8/25 – Rain builds in late. Hi 75, Lo 52, Winds SE @ 10

SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:54AM Sunset: 8:36PM
Moonrise: 10:04AM Moonset: 10:19PM
Overhead: 4:17PM Underfoot: 3:53AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (10% Full)

EDGE HOUR.  9:30-10:30AM Take your mid-morning moonrise to the bank. Today’s Edge Hour leans heavily on this main moon time, but also capitalizes on great weather as well, get out and enjoy it before the weather shifts tomorrow afternoon.

DAY RATING:
3Fish

THREE THINGS.

GRAND SALMON.  Doug Leier of the NDG&F Dept. has a great report from Sakakawea for those looking to explore salmon fishing options in his weekly column.  With ideal conditions since 2011, and higher than average water levels this year, anglers should find not only good stocks of salmon on the reservoir, but also better angling opportunities as well.

WINNING WAYS.  While the LA Dodgers are on pace to challenge the all-time MLB record for wins in a season, another dodger can help you win on the big water for salmon.  A metal blade used to simulate feeding predators or fleeing baitfish placed in front of lures on a downrigger, the angling type dodger is a home run for drawing in feeding salmon, by not only creating more vibration, but also imparting erratic action to the lures behind them.

SEÑOR SMOKE.  If you’re looking for something to do with all that salmon, smoking it up is a great way to go.  Follow the instructions in the Hank Shaw blog to a tee, and do what he says – use REAL maple syrup, not Aunt Jemima. You’ll end up with glazed perfection, that’s smoky-salty-sweet delicious!  The featured photo is proof positive.

Stay Sharp!

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