LIGHTNING. After a few rumbles of thunder in the evening and overnight, generated by yesterday’s heat, we jump back up for more warmth today. While we do, we lay out some summer time tips for better fish, better fishing and some natural lights (not the beer) in our Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: Light’s Out. A firefly rests on a blade of grass in the morning after a night of glowing along a field edge. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 7/15 – Sunshine – Hi 90, Lo 70, Wind NW@8
Tomorrow: Tue 7/16 – Rain Builds – Hi 85, Lo 65, Wind E@6
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
8:54PM 4:52AM 12:26AM 12:52PM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (99% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 8:30-9:30PM. The nearly-full moon on the rise and sunset will make for a strong bite to finish the day out in the Edge Hour.
MAKE IT MELT. Keeping catches cool preserves the quality of the fillets that come off of your fish. Make it a point to save a gallon jug, or a couple of liter bottles in a freezer to use in a fish cooler. With transport rules changing, having this ready in the boat – or the truck at the landing, will make for better meat.
HANDS, OFF. When spraying bug spray to keep mosquitoes, flies and other summer insects at bay – be wary of getting any DEET-related liquid or mist near your hands. In addition to insects, it’s really amazing at repelling fish if it transfers to a hook or a lure.
NIGHT LIGHT. There are more than 2,000 species of fireflies worldwide, but only a couple in North Dakota. Their ability to glow – called bioluminescence – is shared with some species of plankton, crustaceans and a few other wild creatures.