COOL DOWN.  Uncharacteristically for August, temperatures dip for the weekend as northern breezes take things under 80 for the first time in quite a while.  We’ve got insight into North Dakota’s pronghorn populations, a shift in drought conditions in the state and tips for topwater fishing bass in today’s Outdoors Roundup.

Featured Photo:  WHAT’S THAT?  Ole the lab inspects a bass coming to the boat. Simonson Photo.

 

WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):

Today:  Sat. 8/1 – Cool It – Hi 79, Lo 55, Wind N@15, G23

Tomorrow:  Sun. 8/2 – Calmer – Hi 77, Lo 50, Wind NE@10

 

SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):

Sunrise           Sunset

6:24AM           9:14PM

Moonrise         Moonset        Overhead       Underfoot

8:23PM           3:58AM           Fol. Day            12:12PM

 

Moon Phase:  Waxing Gibbous (95% Full)

EDGE HOUR:   8:15-9:15PM.  Sunset and moonrise near one another, spurring a bite in our Edge Hour.

DAY RATING:

3Fish

OUTDOORS ROUNDUP:

LONG ON PRONG.  The NDG&F Dept. previews the 2020 Pronghorn Season, highlighting mild conditions in the winter which helped increase survival of the species in western ND.  Check out the weekly webcast from the agency to learn more about surveys, tags and the lottery process and timelines.

 

SC DROUGHT EXPANDS.  The dry conditions in the southcentral stretch of North Dakota along the eastern edge of the Missouri River expanded northward last week.  Meanwhile, timely rains on the west side of the flow have kept things greener after dry conditions abated in early July.

TOPWATER TIPS.  Bass Pro Kyle Welcher shares tips for fishing topwater baits in summer.  From hard baits to soft plastic options, the rookie details his favorite presentations and gets a few good surface explosions on film to boot in Bassmaster’s Tackle Tip feature.

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