WALLEYE MADNESS. Spring walleye fever peaks in North Dakota as last year’s state record fish falls to a 16-9 behemoth caught over the weekend. We cover that and highlights of the “Big Three” walleye fisheries in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Wary Walleye. Is the next state record out there? We guess “yes” and that a lot of folks will keep looking. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 4/23 – Southerly Surge – Hi 75, Lo 40, Wind S@20, G30
Tomorrow: Wed 4/24 – Wind Shift – Hi 68, Lo 40, Wind NW@11, G18
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
12:35AM 9:41AM 5:10AM 5:36PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (80% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:00-6:00PM. Moon underfoot will have the bite firing up into the evening with today’s Edge Hour.
NEW RECORD. Tom Volk of Lincoln, ND landed the new state record walleye weighing 16 pounds 9 ounces on Sun. Apr. 21 while fishing the Heart River with his family. The NDG&F confirmed the catch which tops last year’s record-breaker caught in the Missouri River by 12 ounces.
BIG THREE. The NDG&F has its review of the state’s three most popular walleye waters – Lake Sakakawea, Lake Oahe and Devils Lake – and all appear to be in their prime with both numbers and size of walleyes available to anglers this openwater season.
LARGE WORLD. The world record walleye still stands after nearly 60 years, as Mabry Harper’s Tennessee Giant of 25 pounds tops the listing of big ‘eyes from around the states. As they were so often back then, the walleye was cleaned and eaten, and as a result questions still swirl about the fish, its weight and length (41 inches!?), and the stories behind it but it still stands as the world’s biggest!