Daily Edge for Mon. 4/6 – A Good Start

FEELING FINE.  Today and tomorrow are your best bets for outdoor activity, so break out the long rods and find some open water.  Light and variable winds today will give way to sun and westerly breezes tomorrow before things come back down.  We’ve got info on the first of the deer applications, cooking and a…

The Hunt for Holdovers

By Nick Simonson   Just after ice off on many lakes capable of holding trout is the time to pursue the big bruisers that have made it through the throngs of ice anglers over the winter and the warm waters of late summer.  While trout aren’t designed to survive in the generally warm and shallow…

Daily Edge for Sun. 4/5 – Improving

UPWARD!  We climb out of our snowy set of days and should see some serious melting through Tuesday as conditions improve.  This provides yet another stretch to get out and recreate in the wild world around you. Tips from the G&F, a moving Marathon and a look at the week ahead comprise our Outdoors Roundup…

Tackle Tips for Netting More Northerns

By Nick Simonson   In the crystal-clear bays after the last of the gray ice has disappeared, they lurk on the edge of visibility.  In the running creeks, channels and coulees they swarm in the relative warmth of muddy spring runoff.   They are northern pike, and at this time of year, with spring just beginning,…

Daily Edge for Sat. 4/4 – No Snagging

FEELING BETTER.  Temperatures rise this week to melt off a fresh blanket of snow and help you get back out there, but some bleak news from the spring fishing front as paddlefish harvest season is canceled. We’ve got more on that and other hot topics in today’s Outdoors Roundup. Featured Photo:  Spin It!  Tie up…

Our Outdoors: Fishing 101

By Nick Simonson   In the last two weeks I have become a fulltime teacher, cook, gym instructor and referee in addition to my normal professions, which admittedly were wide and varied to begin with.  Having been something of a jack-of-all-trades and an angler of all species thus far in life has helped prepare me…

Daily Edge for Fri. 4/3 – Digging It

GRINDING YOUR TEETH?  Just staring out the window at the slightly late April Fool’s joke yesterday was enough to get the jaw clicking.  We cover the totals along with teeth and a fishing preview in today’s Outdoors Roundup. Featured Photo:  A young doe pauses for a photo in front of the trail camera.  Simonson WEATHER…

Daily Edge for Thu. 4/2 – Boats, Boats, Boats!

THINKING BOATS.  While the weather may not be what it once was (is it ever?), we look at some ideas for making the loading and docking of boats more successful and safe in our Outdoors Roundup. Featured Photo: ON IT. Good outings start and end with a secure watercraft. Simonson Photo. WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast): Today: Thu…

Bighorns Struggle in Southern Badlands

By Doug Leier, NDG&F Dept. The history of bighorn sheep in the southern badlands of North Dakota is a roller coaster tale. And unfortunately, it’s been mostly down of late. That’s how editor Ron Wilson described the situation in a feature article in the February 2020 issue of the State Game and Fish Department’s magazine,…

Daily Edge for Wed. 4/1 – Joke’s on Us

HAHA!  The weather takes a serious turn overnight following Tuesday’s front and the joke’s on us all as things feel quite a bit chillier.  Don’t lose your sense of humor though as spring snow settles in for tomorrow.  In the meantime, we’ve got muley updates from NDG&F, forest management plans from RGS, and just how…

Daily Edge for Tue. 3/31 – Last of March

RUMBLY?  We may see some storms sweep across the landscape this evening ahead of a cold front which is going to set us back into the low 30s and colder for a while (think NEXT Tuesday).  Get your outings in accordingly.  In the meantime, we’ve got updates from local deer numbers to national issues in…

Daily Edge for Mon. 3/30 – Enjoy!

LAST GOOD ONE!  While the breezes will kick up today, so will the temperatures and highs in the low 60s will be a reality here at the end of March.  An April Fool’s joke causes the bottom to fall out and colder conditions to take hold through the rest of the week.  We’ve got more…