HANG ON! Cool conditions dominate today and tomorrow behind yesterday’s front. Things warm up in the back half of the week and stabilize going into the weekend as you close up your pre-holiday summer fishing. We talk about that and more in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: A monarch butterfly clings to a branch on a black walnut tree. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 8/20 – Feels like fall. Hi 71, Lo 46, Wind N@10
Tomorrow: Tue 8/21 – Still chill. Hi 74, Lo 50, Wind NW@7
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
5:07PM 1:36AM 9:43PM 9:19AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (73% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 4:30-5:30 PM. Sneak out of work a bit early and cash in on a bump in the bite from moonrise in today’s Edge Hour.
MONARCH MOVES. The journey south will begin for many migratory animals very shortly, but none are as amazing as the monarch butterfly. Some travel over 3,000 miles to get to their winter roosts in Mexico, all on instinct. It’s a story worth retelling, so check out all the great info at monarchwatch.org.
SHANKED. When fishing bluegills and other panfish with youngsters, consider using a jig or a long-shanked hook like an Aberdeen model. These options typically make unhooking a breeze and aren’t as inhaled as easily by those hungry freshwater piranhas.
THANKS HUN. The Gray Partridge received the common nickname “Hungarian Partridge” by which it is known in this region and most of its range, because it was introduced to the U.S. more than a century ago from central Europe. Hun hens (that’s fun to say) can lay up to 22 eggs in a spring, which is one reason why, that in a good year, early covies can be so large at the start of the hunting season.