TOMORROW’S GOLDEN. Make it through today’s single temps, which will feel nice compared to yesterday (it’s all relative) and you’ll be in the midst of a real January thaw! While you wait out the cold we’re talking trout in today’s Three Things, because time at the vise just isn’t enough!
(Featured Photo: GOLDIE. Golden trout are a high altitude fish native to California. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 1/16 – Improvements. Hi 7, Lo -23, Winds S@8.
Tomorrow: Wed 1/17 – January Thaw. Hi 35, Lo 0, Winds W@13, G20.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:22AM Sunset: 5:24PM
Moonrise: 7:59AM Moonset 5:18PM
Overhead: 12:37PM Underfoot: 12:13am
Moon Phase: New @ 8:27PM
EDGE HOUR: 5:00-6:00PM. Sunset and moonset link up for great close to the day. It might be chilly, but on the edge of the warm-up, expect good things in today’s Edge Hour.
IN A RUSH. The golden trout is a subspecies of rainbow trout native to California which has been transplanted around the western United States with limited success. Native to the state’s Kern Plateau, the golden trout was studied in earnest at the bequest of Teddy Roosevelt, and ultimately a wilderness area around part of its native flows was established to help protect the species. Outcompeted by and hybridized with introduced trout species, the golden trout is deemed Critically Imperiled by The Nature Conservancy.
NOT A MONSTER. The gila trout is another rare salmonid, related to (but not a subspecies of) the rainbow trout. Native to the tributaries in the Gila River system in Arizona and New Mexico, this trout is listed as Threatened, in part due to the loss of habitat, and the removal of shade providing streamside trees along its native waters from wildfires, overgrazing and human expansion. Despite its challenges, the gila trout has mounted a bit of a comeback in recent years, with broodstock held safely at Mora National Fish Hatchery.
RECORD TERRITORY. The three primary trout species – brown, rainbow and cutthroat – stocked in ND grow to epic proportions in the Garrison Tailrace, with all three state records originating there.
Brown Trout – 31-11, 36 inches, caught by Timmy Johansen of Beulah, Feb. 1, 2005.
Rainbow Trout – 21-4, 32 inches, caught by Wade Weltz of Anamoose, Mar. 26, 1998.
Cutthroat Trout – 10-1, 25 inches, caught by Chris Vernon of Bismrck, Aug. 4, 2003.