MOP UP MONDAY. Time to wash down the landscape with a quick shot of rain tonight and help spur that field habitat for a new generation of wildlife. We’ll see anywhere from a quarter to a half-inch of rain in the overnight to help clean up the last of the snow and remove all the road grit. The fish stories are starting to roll in, so get ready for some catch-and-release tips with today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A rubberized net will help reduce damage to fish, and lures are less likely to tangle in its mesh than standard landing nets. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 4/23 – Warm with a wash. Hi 59, Lo 42, Wind N@15, G28
Tomorrow: Tue 4/24 – Clearing out. Hi 55, Lo 36, Wind N@11
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:41AM Sunset: 8:42PM
Moonrise: 1:32PM Moonset 3:43AM
Overhead: 9:02PM Underfoot: 8:35AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (57% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 1:00-2:00PM. Take moonrise on the approaching front for a good Edge Hour.
TALE OF THE TAPES. Have a measuring stick or bump board ready to measure up those big fish this spring, and pack a fabric tape for taking the girth of those big fish before releasing them to get a good estimate of weight based on length and girth.
TOOLS OF THE TRADE. In addition to measuring tools, have the hardware necessary to facilitate a clean release, including: mesh or rubberized net, needlenose pliers, and mouth spreaders. Work fast and only keep the fish out of the water long enough to remove the hooks, measure and snap a fast photo.
CATCH & RELEASE CLUB. Did you know you can get your name in the record books each season AND release that monster spring lunker? Check out how to apply for a catch-and-release award through the NDG&F and help preserve a great fish for another angler (or maybe even yourself) again somewhere down the line.