MESSED UP. A quick cooldown with a good chance for rain might put a kink in your afternoon fishing plans, giving you some time to reset and clear your mind (and your desk?) and get ready for a weekend full of improvement. By Sunday, you’ll forget all about today’s little downward slide and be fast with fish once again. We look at that and a couple limited species in this state as part of today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: A Time to Clean. Lure-making and fly-tying materials pile up on the tackle-crafting desk at DEO Headquarters. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 5/10 – Fightin’ for 50. Hi 50, Lo 39, Wind E@11.
Tomorrow: Fri 5/11 – The recovery begins. Hi 58, Lo 40, Winds E@10.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:15AM Sunset: 9:05PM
Moonrise: 4:19AM Moonset 3:34PM
Overhead: 9:52AM Underfoot: 10:15PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (25% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 3:00-4:00PM – On a rough frontal day, take moonset over all other times and up your odds in the Edge Hour.
WEEKEND WARMUP. Saturday’s temperatures rebound into the upper sixties, while Sunday tops out over 70. With just enough recent rain to settle the dust down and get the grass popping up, next week’s highs touching 80 will set spring in fast forward.
WHO YOU CALLIN’ CHICKEN? With populations peaking in the 1920s and 30s, the Greater Prairie Chicken has all but vanished from North Dakota in the last 100 years. With very small ND populations remaining on the Sheyenne Grasslands in the southeast corner and a few remaining in Grand Forks county as of 2013, extirpation looms despite state conservation efforts to protect them.
WHAT’Z ZAT? While it’s been a few years since Zander made the front page, the fish still remain part of the North Dakota angling mythology on and around Spiritwood Lake near Jamestown. Stocked in a stop-and-go fashion in the late 80s and early 90s just before the rush of ANS and invasive species awareness, the European walleye still haunts the crystal clear waters of the fishery. We’ll see what this summer brings!