Daily Edge for Sat. Jan. 12

GOOD LOOKIN’ OUT. Calm conditions will make today – the chillier of the weekend pair – tolerable outdoors, so don’t abandon your plans, but maybe pack an extra layer.  We go around the horn with news and notes in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo:  A walleye lurks under structure. Simonson Photo.   WEATHER (Bismarck…

Foam Yellow Sally

By Nick Simonson The Yellow Sally is an out-and-out stonefly pattern, designed for those clean trout streams where these insects are common in the warm weather months and the lighter colored versions of the bugs are frequently found.  As there aren’t a whole lot of those locales in the upper Midwest, I’ve found this traditional…

Daily Edge for Fri. Jan. 11

NICE ON ICE.  It’ll be a great weekend to get out on the ice with still breezes and lots of events to draw anglers to the hardwater.  Calm conditions continue, and we take a shot at freezing on Sunday, making access easy and fishing comfortable! We talk about that and more in today’s Three Things…

Our Outdoors: A Good Start (Again)

By Nick Simonson   With the recent passage of the Farm Bill by Congress and its execution by the President, three million more acres have been added to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), bringing the total under the set-aside system’s cap to 27 million acres to be phased in by 2023.  Stuck at around 24…

Daily Edge for Thu. Jan. 10

IT’S COOL. But not cold! Keeping bait fresh in the winter and alive is key to good fishing, whether it’s waxworms, minnows or spikes, maintaining temperature and conditions are all part of the process. We talk about that and more in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo:  Chuck ‘Em!  Dead or pupated spikes (the dark…

Daily Edge for Wed. Jan. 9

WHIRLWIND!  Yesterday’s gusts weren’t the only news in the outdoors, as a mountain lion entered Bismarck city limits and was shot by authorities.  We talk about that and more in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo:  Crushed. A black crappie smacked a purple UV-flash jig on Nelson Lake. Simonson Photo.   WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast): Today: Wed…

Daily Edge for Tue. Jan. 8

WHOOSH!  High winds will dominate today as an obvious transition occurs, making it an ideal inside day.  We go around the horn in today’s Three Things with news and notes with some light reading and tying tips.   Featured Photo:  Tail Tales.  Long pheasant tail feathers from 2018 hunts adorn the wall at DEO HQ….

Forage Factors

By Nick Simonson In every water where fish swim and survive, there’s something for them to eat.  Knowing what’s on the menu and how to imitate it – whether on the fly, with standard tackle or through the ice – is a great first step to success.  Creating or purchasing those lures which imitate available…

Daily Edge for Sun. Jan. 6

SPRING CALLING.  A gusty day today with temps in the low 30s, and potentially a shot at 40 tomorrow make it feel more like spring than the dead of winter.  Take advantage of the conditions which allow for mobility and get after it!  We dial it up for the passing of another season, get tips…

Pike & Muskie Bucktails – Part 2: Spinner Assembly

By Nick Simosnon In the first part of this tutorial, we tied up a gray and white 5/0 bucktail treble hook as part of a project to develop a customizable option for pike and muskie fishing. In this second installment, we’ll assemble the lure which will provide enough flash and vibration to trigger the wariest…

Daily Edge for Sat. Jan. 5

WHAT’S NEW?  Besides the moon, there’s much to look forward to in this new year. Between a warmer-than-average forecast (we won’t pay for this in spring, right?), a new season of shooting sports, and new chances for hunters, there’s lots to celebrate, starting with today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo:  Crush the new year! Students…

Daily Edge for Fri. Jan. 4

ENJOY IT! Temperatures soar into the mid-40s today and the melt will be on before things cool off some, but still stay temperate into the weekend. We look at the long-term forecast and find some helpful gear for all your winter pursuits in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo:  After feeding, resident geese make their…