SLOW DOWN! Enjoy the warm stretch today until a cool front moves through this evening touching off showers and storms. We talk weekend relaxation and more in the outdoors in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Hail to the King. A kingbird rests on a speed limit sign near Watford City, N.D. Simonson Photo
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: 7/14 – Chance of rain late. Hi 89, Lo 65, Wind S@18, G28.
Tomorrow: 7/15 – Cooler. Hi 78, Lo 62, Wind NW@10.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:03AM Sunset: 9:34PM
Moonrise: 7:54AM Moonset 10:58PM
Overhead: 3:31PM Underfoot: 3:01AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (4% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 7:30 – 8:30AM. Moonrise and light southerlies will make for a good morning, starting in the Edge Hour.
BUMP! A tailing cold front that’s part of a large low pressure system up in Canada will make its way across ND this afternoon and evening, so start looking to the west around 3-4 pm for the bubbling stormline which should hit Bismarck by about 7 pm or so. Warm temperatures and higher dew points may trigger some bigger cells, and you’ll want to be off the water by then – but the fishing should be great just ahead of it!
HOT TIP. Fish in warming waters have the ability to be more aggressive and chase bait as their bodies heat up with the conditions around them, but fish that love cold water (trout, big muskies, etc.) will reserve those efforts for those daily periods where things aren’t as hot. Know when to exploit their abilities and target cooler places like inlets, springs and places where water isn’t quite as warm where they lie in wait for an easy meal.
FACE IT. Saltwater tactics are making their way into the mainland. It’s not unusual to see center-console style boats now on inland waters, even way up in the upper Midwest, especially on big water and muskie lakes. Additionally, saltwater wear like performance long-sleeve shirts and even face shields have become standard gear for anglers.