HEAR ANY GOOD FISH STORIES LATELY? The state of North Dakota celebrates a new walleye king as Neal Leier of Bismarck dethrones the dubious and long-reigning Wood Lake walleye from 1959 with his 15-pound 13-ounce fish caught yesterday morning in the rain on the Missouri River. While the cool and rainy conditions under which Leier caught the fish have subsided, we are very much post-frontal for the Reel and Rec tourney and other weekend activities.
Featured Photo: Soaked. A pair of roosters get doused as rain (and a record) falls on Friday morning in North Dakota. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat 5/19 – Definition of post-frontal. Hi 64, Lo 42, Wind NE@20, G30
Tomorrow: Sun 5/20 – Getting Better. Hi 70, Lo 40, Wind SE@10.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:04AM Sunset: 9:16PM
Moonrise: 10:11AM Moonset 12:52AM
Overhead: 6:00PM Underfoot: 5:31AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (23% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:30 – 6:30PM. Winds taper in the Edge Hour and moon overhead will provide some help in this post-frontal day.
WHAT WAS. The Wood Lake walleye caught in 1959 stood as the state record for nearly 60 years at 15-pounds 12-ounces. Often questioned, the previous record was scrutinized to the point of having a portion of a book written about its legitimacy and year-in-and-year-out was the topic of discussion on internet forums, radio talk shows and newspapers.
WHAT IS. Leier’s 32.5-inch fish had incredible girth, helping to add to its weight. A thick spring fish, its long frame helped to support the massive body it had developed. The number of 15-13 will stand as the new state record…for now.
WHAT WILL BE? Agents of the North Dakota Game & Fish Dept. have long anticipated that the walleye record would fall and many anglers had trouble believing with all the large and fertile fisheries in the state such as Devils Lake and the Missouri River and its impoundments and sleepers like Lake Ashtabula, it would take this long. With Leier’s new record fish eclipsing the old one by just an ounce, odds are it won’t take another 60 years for that record to be challenged again.
Sharpen your hooks walleye fans!