Daily Edge for Fri. Jul. 6

STAY ANCHORED.  Stiff winds today and tomorrow out of the south will bring warm weather but will keep things choppy on area waters.  We talk about that and more in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo:  A dragonfly rests in the grass below the morning’s breezes.  Simonson Photo.

DAILY CONDITIONS:

WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 7/6 – Chance for storms. Hi 88, Lo 70, Wind SE@17, G25
Tomorrow:  Sat 7/7 – Hot! Hi 98, Lo 75, Wind S@17, G25.

SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:56AM Sunset: 9:39PM
Moonrise: 1:41AM Moonset 2:20PM
Overhead: 7:55AM Underfoot: 8:18PM
Moon Phase: Last Quarter @ 2:51AM.

EDGE HOUR:  7:30 – 8:30AM.  Start your day off on the water and extend the bite after sunrise in today’s Edge Hour with moon overhead.

DAY RATING:
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THREE THINGS

SOAKING. The last two months have helped pull most of the state to near normal soil conditions, and some areas of North Dakota have received twice the normal spring rainfall usually tallied through June and July.  Of course, areas of the southern Missouri valley in Montana are nearly three times normal, fueling continued high flows on the downstream reaches of the river.

WHAT A DRAG.  There are over 5,000 species of dragonflies and damselflies on the planet, and combined they help eliminate countless nuisance insects like mosquitos and other biting insects at the rate of hundreds per day.  One of the first insects to evolve over 300 million years ago, it is believed that dragonflies were once the size of birds due to the Earth’s higher oxygen levels.

GIVE ‘EM THE SLIP.  This time of year, it’s tough to beat a small minnow under a slip float for suspending and feeding crappies.  Remember to position the bait a bit above the school and continue to raise it as evening sets in, as fish will be found closer to the surface.  If the night bite stays hot for specks, use a lighted float like the Thill Night Brite.

Aim Low, Stay Sharp!

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