MONDAY MAGIC. Take today off and string your weekend out for another 24, as forecasted winds are low and temperatures again top 40. With the final day of muzzleloader deer season in the books, the fields will see way less pressure in the coming two weeks as we approach the holidays. The new moon phase should help with success, we talk about that and some moon-related fishes in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: While last week’s snow has melted, upland options still remain and today would make a good one to get out there and follow the tracks to success. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 12/18 – Surprise! Another nice one. Hi 41, Lo 27, Winds W@11.
Tomorrow: Tue 12/19 – Slightly cooler. Hi 36, Lo 25, Winds NW@10.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:24AM Sunset: 4:56PM
Moonrise: 8:26AM Moonset 5:41PM
Overhead: 1:04PM Underfoot: 12:40AM
Moon Phase: New @ 12:30AM
EDGE HOUR: 8:00-9:00AM. The rising new moon and sunrise coincide with lighter winds in this morning’s Edge Hour. Get out there before winds pick up!
WHAT’S NEW? The final new moon of the year is with us, even though you can’t see it. While often not as heralded as the full moon – particularly for animal movement or hot bites – the new moon also has pull in the wildlife world with peak periods happening around the phase, making the day of and the two on either side of it good times to hunt or fish. Smaller species tend to be more active at night under the new moon, when less light protects them from the prying eyes of predators.
THAT’S AMORE? Found in the Red River basin drainage, the mooneye is a fish that represents one of the two species remaining in the family of the same name. Shadlike in form, the mooneye will take small flies or lures and display acrobatic leaps when hooked and can be lots of fun on light tackle when caught while angling for other species. Primarily the fish serves as prey in the foodweb for large gamefish like pike.
ALL THAT GLITTERS. The second species left in the mooneye family is the goldeye, so named for the golden iris in its eye (creative, huh?). The goldeye is found in both the Missouri and Red River basins, including lake Winnipeg, where its popularity as a smoked food product generated not only a notable product throughout Canada, but also dubbed the local American Association baseball team in our neighbor to the north. The FM Redhawks-Goldeyes rivalry remains a popular one from the old Northern League days.