SWEET RELEASE. By now you should have all that pent-up winter energy out of your system! Today caps off an ideal spring weekend that had many fishing, running, shotgunning, and taking care of things in the outdoors. Get every hour out of it! We go around the color wheel with general outdoors tips and a weather watch in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Later Lunker. A 16-inch spring largemouth is released back into a small North Dakota Lake. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 5/6 – Perfection. Hi 75, Lo 53, Winds SW@7.
Tomorrow: Mon 5/7 – Chance for PM rain. Hi 79, Lo 49, Winds S@16, G26.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:26AM Sunset: 8:54PM
Moonrise: 2:09AM Moonset 11:29AM
Overhead: 6:48AM Underfoot: 7:11PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (63% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 6:00-7:00AM. While the whole day is conducive to outside time, sunrise and moon overhead combine for a great Edge Hour.
GREEN BASS. Watch for largemouth bass to start making their way shallow in the coming days and the next week or two as bays begin to warm, vegetation starts to grow, and the urge to spawn builds. Target these pre-spawn fish with soft plastics and stickbaits like the Rapala X-Rap and other suspending cranks and look a bit deeper after any cooldowns that might push them back.
GRAY DAYS. The remaining population of arctic grayling in the contiguous United States is found in the Big Hole basin of western Montana. Read about their long (and continuing) journey to receive protected status under the Endangered Species Act, and the efforts to assist in their recovery from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
BLUE BOTTOM. Check this out. A sharp drop in temperatures into the high 30s this Thursday will follow what appears to be a fast-moving low pressure system that will cruise through the region. Perfect timing for those looking east to the Minnesota walleye opener, as it wouldn’t be the start of the season without a little post-frontal challenge.
Don’t put that jacket away just yet. Stay Sharp!