THINKING SPRING ALREADY? It sure seems like it these days as above-average temps dominate the forecast. With the warm up continuing today and tomorrow you might already be thinking about getting out the big rods, and there may be some opportunities across the area to explore stretches of open water on smaller rivers, where dams provide aeration and attraction to fish. We talk about that and springy subjects in today’s Three Things.
(Photo: The sun sets over the prairie near Judson, ND. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 1/24 – Cool start. Hi 33, Lo 8, Winds S@7.
Tomorrow: Thu 1/25 – Mild run continues. Hi 36, Lo 17, Winds S@8.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:15AM Sunset: 5:35PM
Moonrise: 12:04PM Moonset 12:35AM
Overhead: 6:49PM Underfoot: 6:24AM
Moon Phase: First Quarter @ 4:20PM
EDGE HOUR: 5:00-6:00PM. Sunset and warmer late afternoon temps with the first quarter moon will provide a perfect after-work angling opportunity in today’s Edge Hour.
DAM IT ALL. This time of year, in warm-ups like these, low-head dam areas can provide excellent fishing. Warmer temps cause meltwater to run, loosening up ice around spillways and areas for up to hundreds of yards beneath them. Throughout rivers like the Sheyenne and James, these winter openwater areas can hold schools of walleyes that will take slowly presented jigs and live bait. Grab an afternoon during this warm spell and give it a shot.
WATCH IT GO. Check out the last two weeks on the NOAA snow melt map, as groundcover along the ND/SD border burns off in the recent warm spell, followed by areas south and west of Bismarck. An adjustable application, this fun little map allows you to travel through the winter season and watch the snow come and go. The next two or three days should add to the fun!
PATCH IT UP. The annual NDG&F Earth Day Patch contest is open to kids in three age divisions: 6-9, 10-13 & 14-18. Youth are challenged to come up with a design that best represents this annual event where people and groups throughout the nation come together to clean up, conserve and promote land and water stewardship. A finalist from each age group will be chosen, and the winning design will become the patch awarded to various youth groups who participate in clean-up projects on ND state managed lands this spring.