ICING ON THE LAKE. Many are eagerly awaiting first ice as cold temperatures and winter-like conditions make their appearance on the northern plains. The rush to hardwater should be tempered by caution, and we share those tips in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Soon Enough. A foam float sits in an ice hole. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 11/18 – Great Day! Hi 31, Lo 13, Wind W@7.
Tomorrow: Mon 11/19 – Cooler Again. Hi 19, Lo 15, Wind L&V.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
3:23PM 2:22AM 9:20PM 8:58AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (78% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 3:00-4:00PM. Your afternoon hunt will be full of movement, starting in today’s Edge Hour.
SAFE ICE. Heh, there’s no such thing, but a good guide is that four inches or more of clear ice made from still, sub-zero nights will support an angler. Remember that snowfall, wind, water quality, and moving water can affect freeze rates and the quality of the ice created.
GRIP IT. While falling through and hypothermia are often the biggest concerns entering ice season, slips and falls occur far more frequently. Invest in a good set of cleats to help maintain traction when sprinting to the tip-up flag or cutting holes with the auger.
MAKE CONTACT. Resorts, lodges, tackleshops and gas stations usually have a good idea how lakes are setting up in their regions – contact these businesses, or check with a local conservation officer to get an idea as to how the ice-making process is going where you’re headed.