WIDE OPEN. Looking east, the Land of 10,000 Lakes opens up with ice still breaking apart on many northern tier lakes, while the “opener” in terms of iceout here in ND was some time ago for most fisheries in the state, with Sakakawea finally clearing this week. We talk about the function of opening days, the lack of a need for them in the Peace Garden State and what to expect from this weekend in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: The sun sets over Big Detroit Lake just east of Fargo on the night before opener. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat 5/12 – Calm & Comfortable Hi 62, Lo 42, Winds L&V.
Tomorrow: Sun 5/13 – Warmin’ Up! Hi 72, Lo 42, Winds W@7.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:12AM Sunset: 9:08PM
Moonrise: 5:11AM Moonset 5:50PM
Overhead: 11:25AM Underfoot: 11:49PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (10% Full)
EDGE HOUR 5:00-6:00AM. Calm conditions and moonrise ahead of first light will start your day off right with an awesome Edge Hour.
OPEN EYES. Beyond pike and walleyes, Minnesota’s traditional opener now includes a two-week catch-and-release season for largemouth and smallmouth bass. While the latter species probably haven’t spawned, they typically are aggressive in the pre-spawn phase. The idea of an opener is to protect popular catch-and-keep species like pike and eyes and help them beget the next batch of babies, as their spawn usually occurs before mid-May. Word from DNR workers is that most walleye egg takes are completed across the land of 10,000 lakes, despite the late ice-out.
OPEN YEAR-ROUND. North Dakota hasn’t had a fishing opener since 1992, and according to the NDG&F Dept., losing that season start date in 1993 has not had a negative impact on fisheries in the state. Less fishing pressure than in the land of 10,000 lakes is one reason the opening dates aren’t in place, and the fact that record walleye hatches have occurred recently on waters like Devils Lake shows that spring fishing, despite a bunch of big fish being kept in that time frame, has little impact on recruitment in comparison to other seasonal and water conditions.
OPEN IT UP. A great weekend is on tap, no matter if you’re east of the edge or here in the Roughrider Country. High pressure settles in after the last few days of slight fronts and bumps in the atmosphere and keeps precip contained to the southwest corner of ND early Saturday and then south of the border. Dawn and dusk will be hot for fishing as the new moon takes hold and sunset and moonset will align.