THERE IT GOES! With a day remaining, November fades out as we look toward December and ice fishing, though we’ll need a bit more cold weather (not in the immediate forecast) to re-harden local waters after this month’s cold start transitioned to unseasonable temps. There’s a lot of grey, spooky ice out there, so be careful! We look ahead to December in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: The sun sets on the Missouri River valley north of Bismarck, Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 11/29 – Shifting Gusts. Hi 46, Lo 27, Winds SE@14 to W@25, G35.
Tomorrow: Thu 11/30 – Out like a lamb. Hi 47, Lo 29, Winds W@10.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:06AM Sunset: 4:57PM
Moonrise: 3:04PM Moonset 2:48AM
Overhead: 9:26PM Underfoot: 9:01AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (80% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 9:00-10:00AM. A front will slip through around mid-day, making moon underfoot a bit more powerful in today’s Edge Hour. Get back in before things get blowing!
BRITNEY SPEARS. Seriously, she does. At least some girl named Britney somewhere has speared a pike. We’d put money on it. You can join her by registering for this season of darkhouse spearfishing at the NDG&F website, and checking out the latest North Dakota Outdoors web short to get you pumped for the season which kicks off on Fri., Dec. 1. Don’t forget to mark those holes with a branch or other natural object so others know not to drive or walk there.
TURN THE PAGE. Additionally, the NDG&F will be offering up its annual calendar over the coming weeks, conveniently just in time for the start of a new year. For North Dakota Outdoors magazine subscribers, the calendar will sub in as the December issue, while extra copies can be ordered as gifts or stocking stuffers at just $4 each. With some great photography of ND’s wildlife, the Calendar features prominently in sportsmen’s dens, offices and cabins.
SPUD CHECK. Early in the ice season a spud bar can help save a life. Get out ahead of the line or a snowmobile or ATV to check the depth and quality of ice by driving the wedged point of a spud bar into the frozen surface. The metal bar, typically six feet or so in length can also be used to extend the reach of a rescuer when someone does go through. Be safe on both fronts!