MERCURY RISING. There’s no end to the warm-up in sight, as high temperatures soar into the 40s for an extended stretch. Take this into account as you size up the ice on your area lakes and make plans for the holiday season! We talk about both of those topics and other options in this unseasonable stretch in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: The sunrise illuminates a cloud bank over Bismarck on Thursday. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 12/14 – Gorgeous Start! Hi 45, Lo 25, Winds SW@8.
Tomorrow: Sat 12/15 – Westerlies. Hi 45, Lo 25, Winds W@13, G20
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
1:02PM Fol. Day 6:30PM 6:08AM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (43% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 12:30-1:30PM. Moonrise and light winds will start a warm afternoon off in the Edge Hour.
ORANGE CHRISTMAS. A swath of above normal temperatures is predicted for the next 10-14 days in NOAA’s most recent long range forecast. More melting is also slated in the days to come with highs in the forties predicted for six of the next seven days. Don’t put your shotgun away yet!
BY THE NUMBERS. Pike spearing was up last year and the NDG&F has the full report on a record season as more anglers harvested more northerns than any prior winter.
OPEN OPTIONS? With the warming trend sticking around, openwater angling options can be found under dams, in areas of fast-moving water and other holes and runs on the state’s rivers. Oftentimes, walleyes can be found in the eddies and cuts, but require a super-slow presentation and smaller minnows to convert. Give it a shot and extend your openwater season!