AWASH. Rain (and snow?) sweeps through the area today as we brace for a cold, damp spring week. We talk sturgeon in ND and MN in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Rainy River Sunrise. Dawn breaks along the US-Canada border. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 4/28 – Ish – Hi 45, Lo 32, Wind SE@21, G31, .5” Rain/Snow
Tomorrow: Mon 4/29 – Windchill of 18 – Hi 41, Lo 30, Wind N@20, G30.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
4:19AM 2:18PM 9:15AM 9:38PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (34% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 2:00-3:00PM. Rains should wane midafternoon for a slight chance to get out in the Edge Hour.
ND Sturgeon. There are two species of sturgeon in ND, the shovelnose which is common and the pallid which is rare and endangered due to loss of habitat and unblocked waterways. Both must be released upon catch, to protect the pallid as they look similar as young fish.
Rainy Recovery. The Rainy River and its sturgeon population is a testament to recovery efforts and careful management of resources by people. Fifty years ago, sturgeon were nearly extirpated from its waters due to pollution, runoff and paperwaste disposal in its flows. Now, through better regulation the population is booming in numbers and size.
Chart It. For those pursuing lake sturgeon in the MN spring season, this handy chart breaks down length, girth and weight along with age. A 60 inch sturgeon is 34 years old! Wow!