Daily Edge for Wed. Feb. 14

MELT YOUR HEART. A spike to near 40 degrees today will get things melting, providing a brief reprieve from the recent chill.  Get your fishing in today though as light snow and gusty winds take over tonight and into tomorrow, dropping temps back into the single digits with nasty wind chills once again.  Bask in…

Midwinter Ice Tips

By Nick Simonson The days of first ice are well behind us, and the late ice pre-spawn surge is still a month or so away.  In between, a bite can still be had but it might take a little more elbow grease to add a few fillets to the frying pan.  The mid-winter stretch with…

Daily Edge for Tue. Feb. 13

ON THE RISE.  Temperatures will climb steadily for the next 36 hours before another arctic outbreak slams us back down as has been the trend in this whipsaw of a winter.  Grab some time on the ice later today and tomorrow (with your sweetie?) before things cool off. In the in between we talk about…

Moose Movements

By Doug Leier, NDG&F Dept. It’s been interesting to watch and learn about the movement of moose within North Dakota. In the not so distant past, moose were mostly found in the wooded Turtle Mountains or Pembina Gorge of north central and northeastern North Dakota. In the last 12 years, moose numbers have declined in…

Daily Edge for Mon. Feb. 12

HANG ON.  One more cold day before a mid-week warm-up takes us into the low forties for highs!  After that we bob around in the 20s and 30s before dropping into the deep freeze once more.  We go around the horn, from turkey tags to pheasant forage to the long range forecast in today’s three…

Daily Edge for Sun. Feb. 11

SNIPS & CLIPS.  Whether it’s on the ice or openwater, having a good cutter helps keep things moving.  Besides tying a quicker knot with a clean cut, clippers snips and scissors in a variety of models are easy to store on a lanyard or in a tacklebox and can make short work of the worst…

Daily Edge for Sat. Feb. 10

COLD CONTINUES.  Moderate winds will keep windchills below zero all weekend, and near -30 at night.  Bundle up or fish the afternoons for the most accommodating conditions or finish up those tackle projects with some spare indoor time.  Meanwhile, we go conservation potpourri in today’s Three Things. (Featured Photo: Tying Time. This weekend may be…

Tying Terrestrials

By Nick Simonson While summer, with its bounty of boisterous bugs seems a long way off, the amount of time left to get ready for all sorts of fishing adventures on the long rod is growing shorter and shorter.  Imitating some of those classic summer sights on the side of a stream or lake is…

Daily Edge for Fri. Feb. 9

GOOD BOY.  While the southwest corner of the state saw snow, much of the rest of North Dakota was shut out yesterday, with just a trace hitting Bismarck.  A light fresh coating made for fun outdoors for the dogs, and nuisance sweeping for the rest of us.  We talk about how to best track our…

Our Outdoors: Colorblind

By Nick Simonson In the modern era of fishing tackle, lures are as much designed to catch the eye of anglers as they are fish.  How else are the 95 different models of Rapala crankbaits explained (and that’s just the ones found on the company’s “best sellers” portion of its website)?  Ultraviolet paint, reflective prisms,…

Daily Edge for Thu. Feb. 8

PACK IT IN! Snow over the Missouri River valley and its tributaries in Montana creeps into southwestern ND, helping to build the snowpack which will fuel the flow and its reservoirs this spring.  Staring down a possible five inches south of Dickinson, and heavier snows to the west, we talk about where those water stores…

Spring Light Goose Season Starts Feb. 17

NDG&F Press Release North Dakota’s spring light goose conservation order opens Feb. 17 and continues through May 13. Residents must have a valid current season 2017-18 (valid through March 31) or 2018-19 (required April 1) combination license; or a small game, and general game and habitat license. The 2018-19 license is available for purchase beginning March 15….