BLOWIN’ UP. Alright, we know, it’s going to be a windy weekend which just might make you change a few of your outdoor plans. But don’t worry, next week looks like something out of the “the autumn you wish we had for hunting” fairy tale book. Just hold on, things will improve (on Monday, of course)! We talk about that and more in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Calm before the gusts. The glasslike surface of Sweetbriar Lake reflects the morning skies. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat 10/13 – Windy. Hi 40, Lo 29, Wind NW@25, G35.
Tomorrow: Sun 10/14 Breezy. Hi 35, Lo 25, Wind NW@18, G28.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
12:47PM 10:06PM 5:28PM 5:03AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (22% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:00 – 6:00PM. Moon overhead will help, but things will still be windy in the Edge Hour.
A LOOK AHEAD. Things are looking great for the upcoming week – generally calm conditions in the back half and temps topping 60 will make you wonder where this weather has been since the end of September. Dry conditions will help with harvest, moving birds and deer around as crops come down, and stiller mornings and evenings will make for great final fishing trips and sits on stand. The best part? Not a hint of snow in the 7-day forecast.
SALMON STUMPERS. While we chalked it up to just starting out, many complained that salmon fishing this summer wasn’t what it used to be on the big lake. The G&F offers up some possible reasons for a tougher bite this season in the department’s monthly magazine and suggests late shore angling and standard trolling might be the ticket this fall.
WHERE IN WIND? If you venture out for pheasants today – go deep. Look for winds to drive birds into places they feel safe, and areas protected from the wind. Two key stops are behind shelterbelts of pine, brush and other low trees which block the gusts and the upwind and downwind edges of cattail sloughs. Here, pheasants will congregate to stay out of the breezes and have a quick escape, if needed.