SNOWY RESURGENCE. The winter-like weather returns to make Sunday’s egg hunts a bit chilly. On the bright side your ice fishing season is prolonged and late ice has been extended indefinitely. We talk about that and more in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: A trio of rooster pheasants take cover from Wednesday’s gusts in a shelterbelt. Simonson Photo.
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 3/29 – Mixed precip late. Hi 39, Lo 19, Wind NW@9.
Tomorrow: Fri 3/30 – 3” of new snow. Hi 31, Lo 15 Wind SE@11.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:28AM Sunset: 8:08PM
Moonrise: 6:09PM Moonset 6:54AM
Overhead: 12:01AM Underfoot: 12:27P
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (96% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 7:00 – 8:00AM. Sunrise and moonset align in the Edge Hour as the moon gets full, helping to offset the post-frontal conditions.
BIG CHILL. The 15-day meteogram shows highs not much above freezing and some lows for the period in the single digits and teens. This below-average trend will put ice out on hold and provide relatively stable surfaces well into April, though anglers should proceed with caution as even at just above freezing the sun can move water and melt inflow areas on lakes.
RED, RED WINE. Besides pairing well with nothing at all, red wine is a great table accompaniment to wild game. Whether it’s duck, pheasant, sharptail grouse or venison, those gamier meats are accented by a good red. Learn which ones match up best with this cheat sheet from MGM Spirits. They’ve also got a good beer pairing list too.
WHAT CONSTITUTES A CATCH? Apparently the NFL has come up with an equation to determine a legitimate football catch – how about angling? For us it’s always been in the boat. Did the fish fall off outside the gunwales? Shake itself loose and flop back in the river before making it to hand? We call that a long distance release. The question remains – if you’re fishing catch and release, is any fish truly caught? That’s deep.