TAKING A SHINE. Stabilization of the weather pattern has a gorgeous week setting up across the northern plains with highs in the low 30s, light winds and peaks at the sun every day until this weekend. If you’ve got a day to play hooky, this would be the week to do so. We wrap up the rainbow of colors in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Color Up. A Vexilar displays fish in the bottom zoom mode. Simonson Photo)
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 2/26 – The melt is on. Hi 36, Lo 18, Winds W@9.
Tomorrow: Tue 2/27 – Right around average. Hi 34, Lo 13, Winds SW@8
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:26AM Sunset: 6:25PM
Moonrise: 2:36PM Moonset 5:10AM
Overhead: 10:22PM Underfoot: 9:521AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (86% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:00 – 6:00PM. Today’s Edge Hour will find moonset nearing sunset, and nice temperatures making for an enjoyable evening bite.
GREEN. The green sunfish is rather uncommon in North Dakota, with small populations in Lake Oahe an the Missouri River drainages found along the ND-SD border. With a larger mouth and a more elongated body than a bluegill, this panfish tends to hybridize with other sunnies in its environments and finding mixes between greens and ‘gills where both species are present is not unusual.
BLUE. Don’t forget that this week’s full moon is the first of two in March this year. Hot on the heels of January’s super blue moon with lunar eclipse, this month will once again feature a blue moon – a rarity that thanks to this year’s calendar will not happen again for several decades. The next blue moon will be Halloween night, 2020. The next total lunar eclipse visible in ND will be Jan. 19, 2019.
PURPLE. Of all the many hues in the rainbow plastered onto a crankbait, none is more original than Rapala’s “purpledescent.” Somewhere between a Vikings football helmet and the sheen of a fathead chub, this color pattern has been known to establish itself as “the” shade for a hot bite in mid summer. Pack a couple purpledescents just to be sure.