GO FISH. No seriously, if there’s some openwater somewhere near you, take advantage and wet a line today, as we probably won’t see highs near 60 for a few more months. Of course, if you were waiting for hardwater, this might set us back some. In today’s Three Things, we talk about the fish of 10,000 casts, a cheap and handy way to stay sharp and the man who saved giant Canada geese for us all.
(Featured Photo: Five Canada geese make their way up from the Missouri River. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 11/14 – Break out the Sunscreen! Hi 56, Lo 27, Wind S@5 to W@17, G25.
Tomorrow: Wed 11/15 – Cooling off. Hi 30, Lo 24, Wind NW@15 to N@7.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:46AM Sunset: 5:09PM
Moonrise: 3:30AM Moonset 3:51PM
Overhead: 9:45AM Underfoot: 10:08PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (13% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 9:15 – 10:15AM. Just before the wind picks up, nab today’s Edge Hour for a great finish to your morning hunt. With moon overhead, you’ll get a bit of a bump as well.
SKI BALL. The NDG&F Dept. details continued muskie fingerling stockings into select North Dakota waters in this week’s North Dakota Outdoors video. At the top of the list is Lake Ashtabula, where advanced fingerlings of 12 inches in length are being stocked to provide a trophy fishery, if everything goes as planned, in about a decade, though incidental catches of fish stocked in the past couple of seasons have been reported. Check out some great video footage and commentary on the developing options for the fish of 10,000 casts in the Peace Garden State.
STAY SHARP. Again…that seems familiar. If you’ve ever bounced a broadhead, or need another small blade like a fishing knife sharpened up, give Smith’s broadhead sharpener a try. Not only does it have small screw-in sharpeners to help hone the smaller blades of broadheads, but also a larger whetstone for bigger blades on knives and other tools. How to sharpen a broadhead: 1) draw on blade edge with sharpie; 2) sharpen until the sharpie ink is gone and sharp metal is exposed.
A GIANT FOR GEESE. Check out the celebration of life for Forrest Lee, the Jamestown, N.D. man who was responsible for restoring almost all of the continent’s Giant Canada Geese starting in the 1960s, when the subspecies was nearly deemed extinct before a small flock was found. Thanks to “Father Goose” and his efforts of re-establishing and protecting the birds throughout the state up until his passing in 2013, Giant Canada Geese have come back from the brink to be a common sight throughout North America.