HOMEWARD SPRINT. We’ve just about made the turn into winter’s final month. With February nearly in the books we look at the current state of things under the water and on the landscape as we make our way into winter’s last few days. While it’s not over til the first robin sings, we’ll get a good look in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A hen pheasant sprints through the snow. Simonson Photo)
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 2/27 – Right around average. Hi 32, Lo 17, Winds L&V
Tomorrow: Wed 2/28 – More melting. Hi 34, Lo 13, Winds W@8.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:24AM Sunset: 6:26PM
Moonrise: 3:47PM Moonset 6:02AM
Overhead: 11:21PM Underfoot: 1AM0:52
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (93% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 3:15-4:15PM. Bail early and catch the Edge Hour as moonset and warm temps kick off a solid bite with the growing full moon.
STILL COVERED. While much of North Dakota remains snow covered, there’s not much left in some places. The snow melt map shows all white, but it’s clear from the snow cover map that it’s two to four inches or less in much of the Peace Garden State.
EDGE OF EXTENSION. Many lakes in the area are reporting ice depths of 25-to-30 inches or more, with vehicle travel being the staple since the beginning of the month, particularly on smaller, solid waters. With little snow to impede truck travel, if the ice gets thicker, many permanent shacks and even just general angling efforts will require augers with extensions, as most standard blades are 36-inches in length.
BREATHE DEEP. With thick ice and some snow cover, dissolved oxygen can be a concern at this point in the season. Agents of the G&F discuss how they test for those levels under the ice, and how the conditions factor in to fish survival in this week’s North Dakota Outdoors News Video.