Tuesday Tips: Managing Wind in Disc Golf

The wind at the 2022 Dynamic Discs Open was intense. Photo: DGPT

I hate wind. In all honesty, I would rather play in a foot of snow than wind. And I’m from Tampa.

I am a control player. I do a ton of field work to be able to know exactly where my shots will go; I obsessively tune my bag and plan out my rounds before they start. My approach to the game is about rigorous preparation and eliminating variables. And then the wind blows and all that goes out the window and it’s basically ‘hold on, improvise, and hope for the best.’ I know there are players who love playing in windy conditions. I envy them.

Having played a few Glass Blown and Dynamic Disc Opens, I watched the 2022 DDO in white-knuckled sympathetic terror for players helplessly watching their most overstable discs flip out of bounds. I had to step away from the coverage for a while when a James Conrad eight-footer blew backwards out the chains. To me, planning a tour event in April in Kansas feels like kicking off the tour in January in Minnesota at the Preserve, but that may be my wind trauma talking.

Unfortunately, whether we love it or hate it, wind is something that every player must endure, so finding an approach to handle the wind is essential.

How the Wind Affects Your Disc

I played traditional golf for decades before I ever tried disc golf. In ball golf, the wind is annoying but straightforward. The wind affects a golf ball the way you would intuitively think it would – headwinds make the ball fly shorter, tail winds push you longer, and right or left winds shove you in that direction. There are some weird effects related to spin, but most of the time what the wind will do is clear.: In a headwind, it isn’t going to go as far and, if you get a helping tailwind, tee it up and let it fly.

Discs are more like spinning wings, and that means their aerodynamics are much more complicated. Most players get a crash course on the basics early in their playing career – a headwind will produce more lift and make the disc behave as if it is moving faster. This is the reason that airplanes take off into the wind whenever possible. For a disc, that added speed makes the disc behave as if it is more understable, so it will turn more to the right (for a right-handed backhand). This means your slightly understable Shryke that normally has a beautiful S-flight may crash over into a roller in a 20 mph headwind.

A tail wind will have the opposite effect. It reduces lift, so the disc will fly as if it moving slower. This means a disc will behave as if it is more overstable as well as losing glide and dropping more quickly. That same Shryke will probably not turn at all in a 20-mph tailwind and hyzer out much more quickly than you expect.

Dynamic Discs pro and 3-time Masters World Champion Ron Convers Jr. made a great chart about playing in wind. It was so helpful, I bought it on a disc:

While you could memorize all those different scenarios, it is easy to visualize the way the wind will affect the flight of your disc if you focus on the flight plate – the circle of plastic that is surrounded by the disc’s rim. If the wind strikes the bottom of flight plate, it will lift it and move the disc in the direction of the wind. So, a right-handed hyzer thrown into a right-to-left wind will fly higher and move a lot to the left. If, on the other hand, the wind strikes the top of the flight plate, it will reduce glide and push the disc to the ground. That same right-handed hyzer thrown into a left-to-right wind won’t really sail off to the right but will crash to the ground earlier.

The position of the flight plate is also crucial to understanding the effect of the nose angle. A disc thrown nose up into a headwind exposes the bottom of the flight plate to the wind and will often rise up, stall, and hyzer out. This is one reason that many players’ discs – especially those of newer players who throw with an exaggerated nose-up angle – don’t seem to behave “correctly” when thrown into the wind. This effect can be compounded when players who throw nose up choose a more overstable disc in a headwind because they expect the wind to impart extra speed and turn. Instead, the nose-up angle and increased overstability is going to lead to shorter, hyzered shots. On the other hand, a slight nose down angle will provide greater carry in a tailwind because of the small exposure of the flight plate to the trailing wind.

When the wind is blowing, you need to visualize the full flight of the disc and understand how the wind will affect every phase of that flight. Imagine a right-handed flex shot thrown into a left to right wind. In the initial phase of the flight, the disc is on an anhyzer angle, meaning the bottom of the flight plate is exposed to the wind. This will cause the disc to drift much further to the right and make it harder for the disc to correct back onto a hyzer angle. If the disc is overstable enough to flex back into a hyzer, the top of the disc is now meeting the wind and it will push the disc towards the ground. This means that the disc’s flight will look completely different than if it was thrown in calm conditions – it will have a very elongated early path that goes much further to the right and then an unusually short hyzer part at the conclusion of the flight.

The opposite would be true if you tried to throw a right-handed hyzerflip into that same left-to-right wind. The hyzerflip starts the disc on a hyzer angle, and at that point the wind will be pushing the disc down, preventing the left side of the disc from lifting to flip the disc to flat. Quite often, the disc cannot flip flat with the wind hitting the top of the flight plate: as a result, the shot remains a weak hyzer. If it can flip to flat, it often flips too much – now that the wind is hitting the bottom of the flightplate – and soars off way to the right. This is a reason that hyzerflips are notoriously difficult to control in strong crosswinds.

For both of these throws, it is important to visualize the entire flight of the disc because the wind’s effect on the shot will evolve as the position of the flight plate changes.

Playing the Wind

Depending on the shot you need, the openness of the course, and the speed of the wind, there are different ways to approach your throw.

Fighting the Wind

Particularly if the headwind isn’t overpowering, it is sometimes easy to just go to a more overstable disc into a headwind. The added speed imparted by a headwind will provide straighter and longer flights from discs that might be very overstable in calm conditions. Remember that a higher disc speed usually also means greater stability, so sometimes throwing a driver rather than a fairway can help resist a headwind.

You can also fight the wind by ensuring that the wind won’t get to the bottom of the flight plate. This means throwing hyzers or anhyzers in crosswinds so the wind stays on the top of the disc. You may need to throw these shots harder and higher because the wind will be working against you, reducing the glide of your discs. However, this is a good way to get the disc around the course under control and avoid letting the wind move the disc too far off-line.

Riding the Wind

You can also incorporate the wind to help shape your shots. In a tailwind, you need to choose a disc that is less overstable and throw them slightly higher. It’s often better to drop down in disc speed by throwing a less stable fairway like a Sidewinder rather than an understable driver like a Tern. These slower, more understable discs are perfect for getting long throws with a trailing wind.

Particularly if the wind is not overwhelming and the course is open, it is often easier to work with a crosswind rather than fight it. A right-handed player with a right-to-left crosswind might aim far right of the target and then throw a hyzer, purposefully exposing the bottom of the flight plate to the wind. Depending on the wind speed, you will usually get more lift and more distance. You also can throw that shot with a stable, rather than a overstable, disc, since the wind will make sure it moves to the left and less overstability will help to keep it in the air.

A left-to-right wind, especially that is “quartering” and blowing diagonally over a right-handed player’s left elbow, is a wind that be used for extra distance. In fact, this exact wind was what Simon Lizotte and David Wiggins used to set their world distance records in 2016. However, unless you are very sure of your discs and your angles, however, be careful about throwing anhyzers that will ride the wind, as they can sometimes turn into unpredictable rollers. As with many shots meant to ride the wind, throwing with extra height can help to get the results you expect.

Remember, though, the wind is a fickle friend. You can’t always be confident that the wind will move your disc back in bounds when you start a shot over OB or trust the wind will stop shoving your disc before it moves too far. Sometimes, you have no option but to ride the wind and hope to avoid disaster, but winds can swirl and have unexpected effects.

Avoiding the Wind

Sometimes you don’t have a lot of room to maneuver, and you just want to keep the wind out of the shot. If you can, throw your shot lower and as flat as possible – hiding both sides of the flight plate from the wind for as long as you can. On shorter shots and approaches, keeping the disc level to the ground can be the best way to keep it close. This can be hard, however, as even the natural hyzer action of many discs at the end of their flight or a moderate skip can catch the wind and send you much further away than you expect.

On the Green

The wind might be even more dangerous as you get closer to the basket. While you may have all kinds of options for choosing different lines and stabilities off the tee, once you are in the circle, you must deliver your shot at a precise height and power. And the wind can seem cruel when you watch a 20-footer sail over the basket to give you an even longer comebacker from outside of the circle.

One of the best ways to reduce the negative effects of the wind is miss on the correct side whenever you can. As you approach the basket, think about which side will give you a downwind putt. It may be better to be 30 feet to the right with the wind at your back rather than twenty feet away into a raging headwind. You can’t always dial up your misses as precisely as you want, but if you are approaching with a tailwind, it may be better to fall short of the basket rather than sailing 30 feet long and leaving a treacherous putt.

Once you are putting, the usual guidelines for the wind remain the same. Headwinds add lift, tailwinds hurt glide, and crosswinds push the flightplate. But you need to know the usual angles of your putt – and many players are unsure about them. Do you putt nose-up or nose down? Do you putt with hyzer? These factors can change how your putter will perform in the wind when you are trying to hit your spot in the chains. A nose-up spin putt can be lifted high over the basket, and even a subtle hyzer release can be shoved to the left by the wind.

Nose angle can also produce frustrating results that don’t match your expectations. A putt with a tailwind should drop. However, if you putt nose down, you are exposing the bottom of the flight plate to the wind, producing lift. Especially if you aim higher since you expect your putt to drop, your nose-down release can lift you into the band or over the basket, leaving you fuming about how it is unbelievable that a tailwind lifted your disc.

Just as with your approaches, one way to reduce the effect of the wind is putting as flat as you can. If you usually depend on extra glide from a nose-up release, then you may lose distance on your putts; if you normally putt with a hyzer, then you may have to change your aiming point. It is important to incorporate flat putting into your putting practice to be able to switch when necessary.

It is also helpful to putt with more overstable discs into a headwind. If you are confident putting with a jawbreaker Zone or a Harp, then you can keep your usual stroke and just putt with a disc that will better fight the wind. I always make sure to incorporate other discs into my putting warmup so I am ready to change if the wind picks up. I am as confident putting with my Suspect as my Maiden and know how I have to modify my aim and release to get it into the basket.

And sometimes, the wind wins. When all else fails, you can always putt with the disc upside down. This absolutely crushes the aerodynamics of the disc and the wind will help push it to the ground. A few years ago, we were playing Clover Cliff Ranch, my favorite course in the Emporia area. On hole 7, a straight uphill par 3 with a basket perched on the exposed edge of a stone cliff, I threw it to fifteen feet. And then, in the 25-mph wind, boldly threw it upside down at the bottom of the pole. As our good friend Clippy says, sometimes “pars win championships.”

And this is not just for terrified amateurs. At the 2022 DDO, we saw there are times when the best putters in the world will lay up from 20 feet. Sometimes the wind can’t be beaten; it can only be managed.

It is crucial to learn how your discs will react in the wind before you must trust them in a scoring round. I have learned to accept the wind by keeping a bag of discs that I pull out for field work when the wind is howling. I still don’t love throwing in the wind, but hours of field work with discs I know I can count on have made the wind just another factor to consider in throwing my shots.

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Biden to travel Tuesday to Buffalo following mass shooting

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden will travel Tuesday to Buffalo, New York, “to grieve with the community that lost ten lives in a senseless and horrific mass shooting,” the White House said Sunday. 

Ten people were killed and three injured Saturday in what officials are calling a hate crime and a case of racially motivated violent extremism. The suspect, 18-year-old Payton Gendron, was arraigned Saturday on a charge of murder in the first degree, the most severe murder charge under New York law. He pleaded not guilty.

Mr. Biden said Sunday that he has been receiving updates from the White House, which is working with the Justice Department. 

“We’re still gathering the facts; already the Justice Department has stated publicly and as investigating the matter as a hate crime, racially motivated act of white supremacy and violent extremism as they do,” Mr. Biden said. “We must all work together to address the hate. The remains the stain on the soul of American hearts are heavy once again. What a resolve must never ever waver.”

President Biden Speaks At The National Peace Officers' Memorial Service
 President Joe Biden speaks at the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol on May 15, 2022 in Washington, DC. The National Fraternal Order of Police held the 41st Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service.


A White House official said Sunday that Mr. Biden had spoken to New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, who is from Buffalo, and he had reached out to the city’s mayor, Byron Brown.

Brown told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the suspect, who is White, “came here here to take as many Black lives as possible.” Of the 13 victims, 11 were Black. 

Authorities said the suspect, who was heavily armed and wearing tactical gear, got out of his vehicle at Buffalo’s Tops Friendly Market and shot four people in the parking lot, killing three of them. He then allegedly walked inside the store and encountered a retired Buffalo police officer working as a security guard, who fired multiple shots at the suspected gunman. The shooter then killed the guard and walked through the supermarket, shooting others, police said.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said Saturday that federal authorities are “investigating this matter as a hate crime and an act of racially-motivated violent extremism.”  

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said Saturday that Gendron came from Conklin, New York, which is approximately a three and a half hour drive from Buffalo. In a hate-filled manifesto purportedly written and posted online by Gendron before the attack, he said that he chose the location because it has a high Black population and “isn’t that far away.”   

Victoria Albert, Gabrielle Ake and Melissa Quinn contributed to this report.

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Devon traffic and travel updates for Tuesday, May 3 – live updates

After a busy bank holiday in Devon, it is back to reality today for most people with the usual commuter and school run traffic. So far this morning, May 3, there have been no major incidents across the county’s roads.

However, minor disruption has been caused by animals on the roads including sheep, horses and even a swan. According to travel alert service Inrix, there have been reports of a swan on road on the M5 southbound between junction 30 at the A376 Sidmouth Road (Exeter/ service Areas) and junction 31 at the A38 Okehampton turn off).

Traffic is said to be coping well. Motorists are being advised to approach with care.

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Your Tuesday Evening Briefing – The New York Times

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Good evening. Here’s the latest at the end of Tuesday.

The U.N. secretary general called for a four-day humanitarian pause in the war to mark Easter in the Eastern Orthodox Church. He acknowledged that previous cease-fire calls had failed.

3. The world economic forecast has worsened with the rapid one-two punch of war and the pandemic, experts said.

The International Monetary Fund downgraded its January forecast today, predicting that growth will slow to 3.6 percent this year. Other organizations and think tanks have also slashed growth forecasts, citing trade, energy and food disruptions and China’s renewed lockdowns. Amid the global economic uncertainty and rampant inflation, policymakers are convening this week in Washington for meetings of the I.M.F. and World Bank.

In other business news, Netflix reported that it lost 200,000 subscribers in quarterly results, sending the company’s stock down 20 percent.

4. The president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, declared a national state of disaster after one of the deadliest natural events in the country’s history.

Following a week of rain, flooding and mudslides in the Durban area, the death toll stood at 448, with about 50 people missing. Almost 4,000 homes were destroyed and more than 8,300 were damaged. More than 40,000 people have been displaced.

Ramaphosa called the flooding a result of climate change and pledged to better protect citizens from such catastrophes. Though the rain has stopped, dozens of families in this large metropolitan area are still searching for loved ones. One community leader there said he felt as if the people of the area had been forgotten.

In other climate news, President Biden restored key parts of a bedrock environmental law that was dismantled by the Trump administration.

5. Violence destroyed the lives of a couple who moved to New York City to support their family, as the tally of anti-Asian attacks continued to grow.

The couple, GuiYing Ma and her husband, Zhanxin Gao, knew each other from childhood in Fushun, China. At 56 and speaking no English, they emigrated to New York to make money to send home to their grandchildren and to have an adventure together.

Gao found a job cleaning restaurant grease filters. Ma worked at home to support him. Late last fall, as she swept a sidewalk, a rock-wielding assailant struck her repeatedly in the head. She died three months later in the hospital, where Gao had visited constantly. Her attacker was arrested, and though hate crimes can be tough to prove, the Queens D.A. is reviewing the charges in the wake of her death.

6. Electronic verbal autopsying is a labor-intensive effort that helps developing countries tally death tolls, often for the first time.

Times global health reporter Stephanie Nolen reported on Sierra Leone, where surveyors go door to door in villages, gathering details of how people died and their symptoms. The data goes to a head office at Njala University. A physician there reviews and classifies each death by cause.

Currently, just a quarter of Sierra Leone deaths are nationally registered, none with causes assigned, and the government bases its programs and health care budget on what are essentially best guesses. The method may help throughout the developing world; worldwide, nearly half of annual deaths aren’t recorded.

In other global health news, Myanmar is now one of the most dangerous places in the world to do medical work. At least 30 doctors have been killed there since the 2021 coup.

7. Joseph Kahn will be the next executive editor of The New York Times.

A.G. Sulzberger, the paper’s publisher, made the announcement today. Kahn will replace Dean Baquet, who is expected to step down in June after eight years in the role.

Kahn, 57, is currently the paper’s No. 2-ranking editor. He was a Pulitzer Prize-winning China correspondent and once led The Times’s international desk. He helped guide the newsroom as it retooled for increased speed, and as it expanded internationally. Kahn said that earning public trust “in a time of polarization and partisanship” would be among his top priorities.

8. Jennifer Grey gets down and dirty — and heartfelt — in her new memoir.

Grey’s book, the forthcoming “Out of the Corner,” details her experiences growing up as Oscar-winner Joel Grey’s daughter, before playing the role of “Baby” in “Dirty Dancing.” Grey became America’s sweetheart, and “Nobody puts Baby in a corner” became a Gen X rallying cry.

But there wasn’t a fairy-tale ending. Just before the movie launched, she and her boyfriend at the time, the actor Matthew Broderick, were in a car crash that left two people dead and made her the target of press mockery. Her injuries would eventually require spinal surgery. Then came “schnozzageddon.” She had taken her mother’s advice to get a nose job. Overnight, she lost her identity and her career.

Grey, 62, says she’s on the threshold of a new phase, and hopes her memoir will inspire others. “Like Flintstone vitamins,” she says. “It feels like candy but you’re getting something.”

9. To tip or not to tip? The decision is harder than ever.

In the worst of the pandemic, Americans spent extra to applaud the risks shouldered by servers, cooks, cashiers and delivery workers. Tips of 15 percent for takeout or grocery delivery felt like a minimum. But with business closer to normal, customers are feeling “tipping fatigue.” It’s compounded by new technology like touch-screen payment and less typical tip requests, like from employees at bakeries or food trucks.

For many workers, tips remain a lifeline. The pandemic seemingly made customers more aware of that. Still, the Emily Post Institute considers tipping mandatory only at sit-down restaurants. Given a tip jar or touch-screen, Emily’s great-great-granddaughter Lizzie Post says, tipping should be discretionary.

10. And finally, Mickey Mouse and Cinderella are back on the hugs line.

Character hugs resumed at Disneyland this week after a two-year break, bringing tears, squeals of joy and long lines.

For many families, it’s a childhood rite of passage. But since the pandemic began, Mickey, Minnie, Aladdin and others have been kept distanced, even when Disneyland reopened last April. Some families canceled or postponed trips.

Revenues for the division of the company that includes theme parks dropped by nearly $10 billion last year compared to 2019. The company hopes character interactions will help reverse losses.

Have an affectionate night.

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M5, A38, A380: Devon’s traffic and travel updates for Tuesday, April 19

It’s Tuesday, April 19 and as the Easter bank holiday weekend has drawn to a close, many members of the public are set to return to work today. So far, roads across the county look relatively quiet but are expected to fill up throughout the morning.

According to roads traffic and monitoring service, Inrix, there are a number of roadworks being carried out across Devon. Inrix reports that the A3022 Torbay Road in Torquay is closed in both directions due to roadworks and is set to be shut until the end of May.

Inrix also reports that there are narrow lanes on the A361 at South Molton due to long-term roadworks.

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Depp’s doctor, nurse testify; actor will take stand Tuesday

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Johnny Depp is expected to take the stand on Tuesday in his defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, a source close to the actor has confirmed. But on Monday, attention was on Depp’s personal doctor and nurse, who testified via video for the Fairfax County jury. They detailed Depp’s attempt to detox in 2014 after he became dependent on opiates; both recalled that it came as his relationship with Heard was deteriorating.

Depp, 58, is suing Heard, 35, for $50 million for an op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post in 2018 claiming she is a survivor of domestic abuse; Heard is countersuing Depp for defamation for $100 million. (The trial is taking place in Virginia because The Post’s printing press and online server are in Fairfax County.)

David Kipper, a Beverly Hills-based physician, testified that Depp was “fearful” about stopping his use of opiates, which he took after a dental procedure. Eventually, they came up with a plan where he would travel to his private island in the Bahamas for the detoxification process in August 2014, accompanied by Heard (his fiancee at the time) and several members of his staff.

Kipper and Debbie Lloyd, a registered nurse, also traveled to the island to assist in the process and give Depp medication. Looking at her notes from the time period for recollection, Lloyd spoke about Depp experiencing muscle spasms, chills and pains — typical for anyone going through detox — and feeling frustrated. Part of his desire to give up on the treatment, Lloyd said, “was due to tension between him and [his] fiancee.”

Kipper, Lloyd, Depp and Heard came up with a plan for Heard to “take a few days for herself,” Lloyd had written in her notes. She recalled several other incidents throughout the fall where Depp appeared increasingly stressed by arguments with Heard; at one point, Heard agreed to start working with her own personal nurse and see a therapist to help with her anxiety and try a new mood stabilizer.

Both Kipper and Lloyd said they did not witness physical abuse between the couple; Lloyd said she did see arguments between the two, and once saw Depp push over one of Heard’s clothing racks while on vacation. Lloyd said she grew concerned about the couple’s arguments because they were a “trigger” for Depp, and he would become upset.

Checking her notes, Lloyd said Depp kicked in a door while filming a 2014 project, refused to speak to the director, was “verbally aggressive” and was prescribed Xanax to calm down. Several months before his marriage to Heard in February 2015, Lloyd wrote in her notes that Depp was “anxious and depressed” over his relationship issues.

About a month after Depp and Heard married, they traveled to Australia where he was filming the fifth installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean.” During an argument between the couple, the top part of Depp’s right middle finger was sliced off. He told the emergency room doctors he cut it with a knife, Kipper said, though Lloyd testified she heard different stories: In one version, Heard threw a bottle of vodka at him, and in another, Depp slammed his hand with the phone. The tip of his finger was eventually found on the floor of the kitchen of the house, Kipper said.

Lloyd testified that at one point in Australia, she saw a bruise on Heard’s arm, but did not elaborate. She said that after the finger incident, according to her notes, Depp was advised to stay away from Heard because their relationship was “toxic.”

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The Weather Network – Late-season snow threatens tricky travel across Ontario, Quebec into Tuesday

Monday, April 18th 2022, 8:10 am – A wintry system threatens 5-10 cm of snow across parts of southern Ontario and Quebec through Tuesday.

A complicated and late-season wintry storm threatens some tricky travel across parts of Ontario and Quebec into Tuesday. The messy system will move in to start out the week on Monday, with the chance for some accumulating and shovelable snow — no small feat for this late in April. Winter weather travel advisories line sections of southern Ontario, warning of reduced visibilities and slick surfaces such as roads and sidewalks. More on the timing and impacts expected, below.


A dynamic pattern sweeping across the eastern half of Canada and the United States will lead to a complicated and wintry set-up for Ontario and Quebec over the next couple of days.

A tricky storm track and delicate temperature gradient will mean the difference between a dreary rain and a shovelable snow for just about everyone between Windsor and Quebec City.

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The system begins to push into southern Ontario Monday afternoon, bringing increasing cloud cover through the day with precipitation breaking out from west to east across the region.

Lower elevations and areas near the lake will see a mix of rain and snowflakes, with the chance for a bit of snow accumulation on elevated or grassy surfaces. But higher elevation areas, including the Niagara Escarpment, will see marginal temperatures tip below the freezing mark, allowing for more significant accumulations of 5-10 cm to pile up.

“The most significant commute impacts across the Greater Toronto Area will likely be Monday evening, with wet roads and the risk for icy ramps and overpasses,” warns Michael Carter, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “The snow that will stick will be more likely for north and westbound travelers moving into the higher elevations.”

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Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) issued a winter weather travel advisory for sections of the south, with the threat for significantly reduced visibilities in heavy snow, and snowfall rates peaking up to 3 cm per hour. Drivers are urged to adjust to the changing road conditions, and to take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas.

Flurries and gusty winds will linger through Tuesday as well, leading to periods of low visibility and changing conditions.

A stronger, secondary low will develop later Monday, tapping into deeper moisture and bringing more significant impacts to parts of Quebec through Tuesday.

Montreal may see 5-10 cm of snowfall, with the higher terrain outside of the St. Lawrence Valley seeing 10-20+ cm through Tuesday.


This will be accompanied by gusty winds, leading to periods of hazardous winter-like travel conditions.

There may even be some ice pellets for the extreme sections of eastern Quebec in the afternoon Tuesday. Precipitation will begin to wind down in the province from west to east through the evening and overnight.

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Tuesday will see lingering light snow across southern Ontario that should subside through the morning hours. Sporadic showers may be prevalent in parts of cottage country and eastern areas in the afternoon, before diminishing in the evening.

Looking ahead, another system could affect the region by Thursday morning before temperatures moderate toward the end of the week.


We’re watching the potential for a few days of warmer weather during the final days of April, but a cooler pattern is expected for early May as a blocking pattern is expected to rebuild.

Stay tuned to The Weather Network for the latest forecast updates across Central Canada.

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Plymouth traffic and travel news on Tuesday as roads disrupted – updates

Welcome to our traffic and travel live blog for Tuesday, April 5. In Plymouth there is disruption on the A38 heading westbound towards the Tamar Bridge, as well as northbound on Tavistock Road between Manadon Roundabout to Derriford Roundabout.

Those travelling to or away from the city via East Devon may want to keep an eye on some ongoing developments. The A303 faced some issues according to travel reporting website Inrix earlier, with a lorry breaking down near Marsh.

Meanwhile, on the A35, there are reports of overrunning roadworks. The scheduled work between New Road (Wilmington) to Offwell turn-off (Offwell) was due to complete at 7am but, according to Inrix, is still ongoing.

There have also been reports of a collision in Brighton, Cornwall. Traffic is reportedly coping well.

Stay tuned for all the latest traffic and travel news throughout the day. This is a live blog, follow for updates below.

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Very good bass fishing at Braidwood Lake, a brief preview before the opener of LaSalle Lake next Tuesday, March 15, the spread of open-water fishing around Chicago, lake trout and coho on southern Lake Michigan, and the return of river reports lead this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

Very good fishing at Braidwood Lake, a brief preview before the opener of LaSalle Lake next Tuesday, March 15, the spread of open-water fishing around Chicago, lake trout and coho on southern Lake Michigan, and the return of river reports lead this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

Tom Starcevich emailed the photo at the top and this:

37 inch lake trout on a 1oz white tube jig at Portage Indiana today

He added these details:

me and my cousin jigged up 4 Lakers today water temp was 33 degrees very cold my buddy was trolling today for coho he got nothing so far the coho run is pretty slow lot’s of boats out trolling not many coho luckily the lake trout were biting they were very deep 47 to 35 ft of water dead on the bottom we worked are jigs slowly and got a few


Since the reopening on March 1, there’s been some unbelievable bass fishing going on over the past week on the cooling lake in southwestern Will County, though winds closed boating Sunday.

Pete Banach sent a sample of the bounty caught at Braidwood Lake on opening day March 1. Provided photo

Pete Banach sent a sample of the bounty caught at Braidwood Lake on opening day March 1.

If you follow regularly, you know the Fish of the Week came from opening day on March 1.

Pete Banach also sent the photo above, and this:

“Easily caught over 100 fish between the 3 of us. Lots of 2 1/2 to 3 pound fish.”

See below to hear/read that assessment seconded.

James Baranski with one of many good largemouth bass caught opening day at Braidwood Lake. Provided photo

James Baranski with one of many good largemouth bass caught opening day at Braidwood Lake.

James Baranski messaged the photo above and this report:

I was first in line for opener of Braidwood with Steve McClone from Moonpie outdoors 3 years running. We got about 80 for a 2 man team. A lot of 2.5 to 3.5lbders…

I have a lot of respect for those are get into line early. What can I say? I enjoy doing it, too.

Bob Johnson with a good largemouth bass from Braidwood Lake. Provided photo

Bob Johnson with a good largemouth bass from Braidwood Lake.

Bob Johnson emailed the photos above and below, and this:

Hi Dale – Much of the same today and some surprises. My fishing partner Joel Wilson caught 2 hybrids today on shad color lipless crankbaits and the were strong healthy fish catch and release. I believe these 2 hybrids are the first to get caught on any of my boats from Braidwood in the 30 years on that lake. The Bass fishing is still produces numbers and size today my 2 biggest weighed up at 3.5 on drop shot and 4 lbs on a Carolina right fished with a power bait general. We also had luck throwing a Ned rig and Rapala OG Tiny shad color. Jigs with a creature worked too. Looks like the hybrid stripers are going to be a pleasant surprise for many who fish for them

Joel Wilson with a good hybrid striped bass from Braidwood Lake. Photo provided by Bob Johnson

Joel Wilson with a good hybrid striped bass from Braidwood Lake.

Seems like the right place for a reminder that district fisheries biologist Seth Love would like to hear from anglers on hybrid catches at Braidwood. You can email him at seth.love@illinois.gov.

Braidwood is open daily 6 a.m.-sunset.


The cooling lake southwest of Seneca, reopens Tuesday, March 15.

Biologist David Wyffels said most will be focused on blue catfish and hybrids striped bass. Bluesare looking significantly better.” Fall survey showed good increase in blues of 20-30 inches and fish of 30-35 inches showed back up. Hybrids showed good numbers in the 17-20-inch range in the fall survey. Bluegills are looking exceptionally well, quite a few in that 8-10 inch range. Largemouth bass are looking better than last year, but not like days of yore.

Site is open daily 6 a.m.-sunset. As a perched lake, boating is often closed because of high winds. Check (815) 357-1608 for daily updates on boating.


The north side of Navy Pier is open for anglers. The discounted parking for anglers is $9 daily, if out by 10 a.m.


Chicago Park District’s parking passes for the fisherman’s parking lots at DuSable and Burnham harbors are on sale at Henry’s Sports and Bait in Bridgeport and the Northerly Island Visitor Center.

Readers suggest SpotHero app downtown. Otherwise, here are some basics: Foster (free street parking or pay lot); Montrose (now a mix of metered and free street parking); Belmont (pay lots on north and south sides); Diversey (pay lot or street parking); DuSable Harbor (pay lot or fisherman’s lot); Northerly Island/Burnham Harbor (meters, pay lot or fisherman’s lot); 31st/Burnham (meter parking between McCormick Place and 31st Street Harbor); Oakwood/39th (meters); 63rd Street/Casino Pier (pay lot); Steelworkers Park (free street parking at east end of 87th); Cal Park (free parking).


Pier passes are good through Tuesday, March 15, then the gates are chained until boating season. The $6 pier passes, which allow legal access to select piers at most Jackson Park, Burnham, DuSable, Diversey, Belmont and Montrose harbors, may be bought at Henry’s Sports and Bait (cash only) and Northerly Island Visitor Center (credit-card only). A number of additional piers were added this year to bring the total to 31 piers.


Definitely a transition period. Ice fishing is done most areas, Ice is off in some places south, still thick some places north.

The Leyden bass fishing team got in some practice on the beautiful Saturday at Busse. Provided photo

The Leyden bass fishing team got in some practice on the beautiful Saturday at Busse.

Rob Abouchar emailed the photo left and this:

Hi Dale The long pulaski day weekend was filled with lots of fish catches as we transition from ice to open water. Friday after work a nice largemouth hit a tip up with a shiner minnow. Saturday I hit busse lake with the leyden bass fishing club. The action for bluegill was fast and steady on waxworms. When the waxworms ran out bits of Berkeley max scene bait did the trick. Lots if anglers were fishing the open water discharge and salt creek Some small bass were being caught on small minnows. When I returned home the ice was still Holding up so I set one last tip up. Possibly the Last fish of the ice season was an acrobatic pike that broke the line and came flying out the hole onto the ice. Kind of fitting as we’ve been chasing the esox all season. With Monday off for pulaski day I hit Braidwood for some shore angling. The wind rain sleet snow and fog did not seem conducive to good fishing but some good largemouth action along the shore line on the warm side near the second and third trash can. Square bills in purple craw and sexy shad got hit hard in the rocks. The sun actually came out and the island was visible as a pelican flew high into the clear. On the music front an appearance on que 4 radio for live performances and video recording Tight lines and good health Rob.

I always enjoy the music updates. Think of it as the seasoning for the MFR.

Ken “Husker” O’Malley with an open-water largemouth bass. Provided photo

Ken “Husker” O’Malley with an open-water largemouth bass.

Ken “Husker” O’Malley of Husker Outdoors emailed the photo left and below, and this:

Hey Dale, Here is a recap of this past weeks fishing. Area lakes-Open water opportunities started this weekend on lakes out south. It was good to finally breakout the long rods. Ducks and muskrats were enjoying it as well. Bass were good on lipless crankbaits worked along the wind blown north shorelines during early afternoon hours. On sunny days these shorelines will have warmer water temps and hold the most active biters. Here is the nature pic of the week. Out for a swim. TTYL — Ken Husker O’Malley Husker Outdoors Waterwerks fishing team

Mallards swimming. Credit: Ken “Husker” O’Malley

Mallards swimming.

Ken “Husker” O’Malley


Greg Dickson at Triangle Sports and Marine in Antioch said the ice is deteriorating, it is hurry and wait time.


Braidwood is open daily 6 a.m.-sunset. See above for report on opening week.

LaSalle reopens Tuesday, March 15; Heidecke, April 1.


POWERTON: Boat and bank fishing is open. Winter hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

EMIQUON PRESERVE: Hours are sunrise to sunset. Access permits and liability waivers are required. They are available Tuesday to Saturday at Dickson Mounts Museum, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SHELBYVILLE: Check with Ken Wilson of Lithia Guide Service.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS: Check with Jason Johns of Boneyard Fishing.

HENNEPIN-HOPPER: Closed. Reopens May 15. Check regulations at http://www.wetlands-initiative.org/dixon-paddling-fishing.


Nick Schmitt with a good smallmouth bass from the DuPage River. Provided photo

Nick Schmitt with a good smallmouth bass from the DuPage River.

Ed Schmitt emailed the photo above and this:

Hey Dale, it’s been awhile since I’ve had anything to send you, my apologies. My son Nick and I fished a section of the mighty DuPage River in Plainfield this Saturday afternoon during the warm spell and did pretty good for our first open water trip of the year. We had our best luck dragging our own custom poured darter and NED stick soft plastics, but shallow cranks and jig/craw combos also produced. We fished out of my 12’ sit-on-top kayak working areas of submerged large chunk rock in slow-moving water. Water temps were hovering around 45°F and visibility was only 12 to 15. This evenings storms and predicted cooler temps will undoubtedly change conditions, but it won’t be long and the duper will be back to floatable or wadable levels. Attached is an image of my son’s best of the day, she bumped out at 18.5 and went 2.9lbs on the digital scale. We caught quite a few more and some of them had scars and wounds from being caught before. Catch & release works and we’re big fans! We’ll be back out again soon! Ed

There’s a lot of truth to ponder in that report.


Dicky’s Bait Shop in Montgomery reported a few catfish caught on larger shiners; people trying for walleye below the dams; a few smallmouth caught.


Staff at Howie’s Tackle in Sturgeon Bay said anglers are still getting out for whitefish, mostly in 70-90 feet. Keep an eye on conditions, if planning a trip.


Closed. Reopens April 1.


Staff at Kankakee River Trading Post in Altorf said the river is fast and high, but some anglers are catching walleye, mostly on live bait, and a few others getting few smallmouth.


Click here for the Ohio DNR Report.


Big perch caught downtown Chicago. Provided by Jason “Special One” Le

Big perch caught downtown Chicago.

Provided by Jason “Special One” Le

Arden Katz said that on Sunday at 89th he “tore up the perch. They are in there.” He was using used chartreuse Instinctrix jigs, by Panfishpro.com, with spikes.

Others seconded the good fishing for the perch over the last week.

Jason Special One Le texted the photo left and this: Over 13 inches I never seen one of this for awhile. I caught at Downtown Chicago on Sunday,

Steve Palmisano at Henry’s Sports and Bait texted:

Some coho and trout mixed in from the powerline reports. By sinking a portion of a powerline one can possibly catch both coho and trout. Perch still biting at 87th!!

I like that idea.

Stacey Greene at Park Bait at Montrose Harbor texted:

hopefully opening Saturday at 5 AM that is the plan right now


Reopens Tuesday, March 15. Site is open daily 6 a.m.-sunset. Preview is at the top.

As a perched lake, boating is often closed because of high winds. Check (815) 357-1608 for daily updates on boating.


Click here for the update from D&S Bait.

Pat at D&S Bait said ice is not in greatest (shores sketchy) but probably have ice fishing into next week; fishing is good on Monona Bay and north end of Waubesa; Cherokee is consistent; perch good deep on Mendota and Monona.


Hours are 6 a.m. to sunset.

David Brooke emailed on Sunday:

Mazonia ice out report from today since Braidwood was closed I drove around a little bit. 3-5-22 Braidwood lake closed to boats Docs lake all bad ice Monster open 10’ at ramp, some shore water, rest looks like bad ice Gar lake open from clear end Carp lake ramp iced in for 30 yards, after that 80 or so yards of open water Bullhead aka Outhouse 70% open far as I can see, left side has ice Goose lake 5’ open at ramp, rest is bad ice. Loop road closed, I imagine because of the flooding that crosses the road in the back Bass lake, some patches of water on the main channel but mostly bad ice.


NOTE: Inland gamefish season is closed.

Kurt Justice at Kurt’s Island Sport Shop in Minocqua emailed:

The inland gamefish season closed with little fan fare once again. Very icy conditions made travel dangerous, so few anglers traveled much less got out on the ice. Those that did had some success, but participation was low. Crappie: Good – Nice fish up to 15 this weekend with anglers finding suspended Crappies anywhere from 16-28’ taking minnows on tip-downs and waxies on jointed pin minnows (CLAM) or tungsten Kastmasters (ACME). In cabbage of 8-12’ working vinglas and pimples 1-2’ off bottom working for those fish in shallow. Bulk of the action deeper though. Bluegill: Good – Mostly working cabbage of 8-12’. 3mm tungsten jigs in dark colors (black, purple, red) tipped with mousses or waxies. Plastics in similar dark colors with red and brown (motor oil) best. Nice Gills in 7 ½ – 8 ½ range. Best morning until noonish, then again hour before dark. Yellow Perch: Good – Mud flats of 18-30’ using Halis, small PK tungsten spoons and Kasmasters to get wigglers, red spikes down to mud bottoms. Pound lure into mud, then raise 1-1 ½ ’, shake then hold still. Aggressive fish will rise 4-6’ to chase down (up) bait. Some weed Perch taking minnows or Northland Fry jigs loaded with waxies. Some nicer Pike were caught on this past final weekend of the gamefish season. Fish to 35, few Bass and even fewer Walleye it seemed. Shout out to the Wausaukee High School Ice Fishing Team who, despite bad weather, competed and took first (and second) place in the KISS Tournament this weekend. Conditions on the ice are not good for travel. With added sleet/rain over weekend, slush conditions worsening. Use tracked vehicles (snowmobile, ATV’s) for any distance travel. Stick to packed down areas for limited truck travel. Shorter distance walking using packed trails also advised. Temps from 0 degrees to mostly upper teens/low 20’s until Sunday mean little for improving conditions. Kurt Justice Kurt’s Island Sport Shop – Like us on Facebook


The photo topping the online MFR indicates good lakers are around to be caught by boaters.

Capt. Rich Sleziak at Slez’s Bait in Lake Station texted:

Coho spotty for boat and shore fisherman one day ok next day slow slow Coho will be here in full force any day now squid, skein, shrimp and crawlers baits to start with Some crappie caught on the warm days we had around the docks and bridge down from portage marina using minnows The ice just got off the lakes and ponds so reports on the slow side.

I think he is right that coho will really break loose any day.

Christina Petrites at Stan’s Bait & Tackle Center in Hammond emailed:

Hi, Dale!The recent, fluctuating weather, has created some challenges in the fishing world. More steady temperatures with a steady increase are coming, though! Here’s what we’ve heard recently: River fishing remains strong for both Steelhead & Walleye. Mag Lips for the former; nightcrawlers & spinners for the latter. Coho is starting to pick up on the south end of Lake Michigan. Nightcrawlers, ThinFish, & Thinfins performing well.


Thinning ice with a few small openings.

In March, site hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Concessions are closed, reopening April 1.


Proprietor Phil Schuman at Tackle Haven in Benton Harbor said a few coho were caught Saturday afternoon; otherwise it is quiet.

Paddle and Pole hosts the Berrien Springs Fish Ladder Camera.


On Monday, BoRabb Williams messaged:

Wolf Lake…. Ice off…. almost… not Quite … couple more days of SUN and it’s ON 4 ICE OFF!!


Guide Bill Stoeger in Fremont texted:

They’re still driving on area lakes. Winnebago is giving up some nice perch. Gills, perch, and crappie are getting more active on the upper lakes . The river in Shiocton came up nearly 3 feet after Saturdays rain. With the current picking up, the ice should go fast.

I don’t know about others, but I find it remarkable that not that far north of us, they are still driving on the ice.

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