ON THE LOOKOUT. Some instability sweeps over the region after two weeks of relative calm and warmth with a chance for thunderstorms tonight and temperatures tumbling later this week on a quick-hitter cold front. While spring provides a chance for fast fishing, don’t forget about your faithful four-legged friend as training options open up to get them prepped for next autumn!
Featured Photo: A rooster pheasant pauses in the emerging green grass of spring as the sun begins to set. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 5/7 – Chance for PM rain. Hi 81 Lo 54, Winds S@16, G26.
Tomorrow: Tue 5/8 – Cooler & Cloudy. Hi 68, Lo 56, Winds NE@11.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:26AM Sunset: 8:54PM
Moonrise: 2:48AM Moonset 12:26AM
Overhead: 7:35AM Underfoot: 7:58PM
Moon Phase: Last Quarter at 9:09PM
EDGE HOUR: 6:00-7:00AM. Get on fish early before the rains come in the afternoon and evening with a sunrise Edge Hour.
WING WORK. Take those frozen or packaged pheasant and grouse wings out one at a time throughout spring and summer to keep the scent and sensation of a real retrieve close at hand where such training is legal. Attach them to dummies for retrieval or hook them on a fishing line and drag them around the yard after they’ve thawed out to create a scent trail.
WATER WONDERS. Work on water retrieves for those duck dogs, by tossing bumpers into recently-opened lakes, ponds and rivers. The water should have warmed just enough by now to not be a hypothermia threat, and should be cool enough to allow some extended time in practice.
WALK OFF WEIGHT. The winter season means weight gain for not only people, but dogs as well. As spring allows for more active evenings into summer, take dogs for longer walks to start conditioning them for fall, or add in some heightened cardiovascular work with runs or jogs around the neighborhood or up the running path.
Get ‘em going and keep ‘em sharp!