ON THE RISE. Temperatures will climb steadily for the next 36 hours before another arctic outbreak slams us back down as has been the trend in this whipsaw of a winter. Grab some time on the ice later today and tomorrow (with your sweetie?) before things cool off. In the in between we talk about old walleyes and more in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A light-colored walleye fins slowly along the bottom. Simonson Photo)
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 2/13 – Afternoon Warm Up – Hi 27, Lo 1, Winds SW@17, G25.
Tomorrow: Wed 2/14 – Lovin’ It! – Hi 40, Lo 17, Winds NW@11.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:48AM Sunset: 6:05PM
Moonrise: 6:38AM Moonset: 4:06PM
Overhead: 11:20AM Underfoot: 11:44PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (4% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 3:30 – 4:30PM. The Edge Hour features the start of a warm up and moonset leading into the close of the day.
ANCIENT EYE. Imagine a walleye living over two decades! You don’t have to, because the NDG&F documented a record-breaking ‘eye this winter in its sampling from Lake Sakakawea, where a 24-year old walleye measuring just over 20 inches and weighing about four pounds became the oldest-recorded fish in its winter aging activities. Learn more about what makes a good walleye fishery and what biologists learn from these winter activities in this week’s North Dakota Outdoors web short.
SPORTSTER. Check out the Bismarck Sports Show this weekend, Feb. 16-18, starting at 3pm on Friday afternoon. With seminars, vendors, dock dog jumping and more for the whole family, this mid-winter event is the perfect way to start thinking spring. Tickets are $4 for adults, $2 for kids.
THAT’S SNEAKY. With the introduction of the ringneck pheasant to the upper Midwest there was a decline in greater prairie chicken numbers. While not directly related to the activity (changing habitat was part of it), parasitized nests greatly affected how well prairie chicken eggs hatched, as female prairie chickens would leave with “their” brood after the early-hatching pheasant chicks would emerge – leaving the prairie chicken eggs unincubated in the nest.