ON RECORD. A nice final day caps off the holiday weekend as southern winds blow in high temperatures in the eighties once again. It’ll feel like Monday tomorrow as thunderstorms build in throughout the day. In the meantime, we cover the recording of important catches, observations and collecting them all through journals, maps and more in our Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: Track the Hatch. Recording important events in a journal – like mayfly hatches – can help put fishing factors in perspective. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 7/7 – Sevens – Hi 82, Lo 63, Wind S@15, G23
Tomorrow: Mon 7/8 – T’Storms – Hi 82, Lo 69, Wind S@10, Rain .7”
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
11:49AM 12:38AM 6:34PM 6:08AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (31% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 6:00-7:00PM. Focus on northern shorelines as evening settles in with moon overhead during the Edge Hour.
LET IT BE WRITTEN Whether you just jot a few notes about a fishing trip and what you caught or saw, or mark down specific details about conditions, numbers, lengths and temperatures, keeping a fishing journal helps put pieces of the angling puzzle together. It also is great for preventing those fish stories from getting out of hand and keeping memories wrapped up in one solid place.
MAKE MAPS. For hunting adventures, draw a map of how deer move in and out of a hunting area with each journal entry to get a better idea of daily movements and where to adjust stand sites and to be looking at certain times. Simply take an overhead shot from Google maps, print it out (or use Paint) and trace in the travel witnessed while scouting or hunting.
BACK IT UP. Keep physical journals in a safe place during the season, like the glove box of a truck, where they can be accessed immediately after a trip and written in before heading home. In the off-season, or when they fill up, stash them in a gun safe, book shelf or other safe space for preservation and future reference.