STILL SUMMER! At least for a little bit longer, conditions will revert to those normal August dog days, heat, humidity and warmer evenings. Unfortunately, the year’s first crop of widespread mosquitoes have emerged after recent rains in areas that were gripped by the drought. Ah well, take the good with the bad I guess – I know you missed that whiny buzz in your ear and the blue-light zap of the bug buzzer on the back porch in June!
(Featured Photo: Beauty and the Beast. A dingy cutworm moth visits goldenrod flowers near a creek west of Mandan.)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 8/28 – Completely sunny! Hi 85, Lo 55, Winds S @ 7.
Tomorrow: Tue 8/29 – Summer settles in. Hi 87, Lo 58, Winds S @ 5
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:59AM Sunset: 8:28PM
Moonrise: 2:16PM Moonset: Fol. Day
Overhead: 7:18PM Underfoot: 6:55AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (44% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 7:00 – 8:00PM. Tap into the moon overhead with an approaching sunset and a marvelously calm evening to catch some fish. Today’s Edge Hour is a great way to take the stress out of your Monday, and fish will be on the bite!
DOG DAYS. While they may be enough to make your dog pant profusely, the “dog days” moniker comes from those democracy-loving Greeks who were also big on astronomy. This time of year – from late July to mid-August, depending on latitude – when days are typically warmest, Sirius (known as “Orion’s Dog” to the Greeks) would rise just before the sun, giving the following month or so of hot weather its name.
DOGGEDLY PERSISTENT. But in a good way! The bite continues to beckon anglers to Sakakawea as we head into the home stretch of summer, and the NDG&F goes in depth to find out why this season has been so successful for many on the big water. Check out this week’s North Dakota Outdoors webcast and get the scoop on what has been a legendary summer on Sak!
BULLDOG. Perhaps the most notable plastic lure for monster muskies is the Musky Innovations Bulldog. There’s nothing tiny, even about the puppy-sized “regular” plastics in this lineup, as this favorite late-season chunk of rubber is a shoulder workout in its own right. In the aforementioned “regular” and “magnum” and “pounder” sized models, the bulldog will run from $18 – $27 per bait.