SUMMER MAKES ITS RETURN! Calmer, warmer days are ahead – starting today! Get out there on the back of the new moon and catch some fish. Even with post-frontal conditions, it should be a great chance to get on the water after a few days of gusty and cool conditions. We talk geometry, chemistry and physics today – but don’t worry, it’s all in the name of good fishing in our Three Things!
(Featured Photo: Wide Colorado blades on a roll of walleye spinners turn easily and draw fish in with a deeper vibration. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
We’re climbing back toward summer as temperatures approach average, and then jump above it midweek.
Today: Sun 6/25 – Marked Improvement. Hi 71, Lo 43, Winds W to N @ 14 mph.
Tomorrow: Mon 6/26 – South wind brings warmth. Hi 76, Lo 45, Winds SSE @ 9 mph.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:50AM Sunset: 9:41PM
Moonrise: 7:47AM Moonset: 11:05PM
Overhead: 3:29PM Underfoot: 2:58AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (4% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 6:30 – 7:30AM – Winds will be lightest at the start of what will seem like a calm day in comparison to recent ones. Couple this with the first light of the morning and a rising moon and you should be in the catbird’s seat when it comes to catching fish. Just remember, things are post frontal, so go a bit deeper, a bit slower and a bit clearer to get those fish coming out of their funk.
UP OR DOWN? Anecdotal reports, and historical usage say that curly-tail grubs should be rigged with the tail curling with the bend of the hook on a jig, while some anglers swear it should curl away. How do you rig your plastic tails? Find a hot bite, switch it up and see which presentation catches more fish. We lean toward the “curl with” camp…but haven’t carried any scientific tests out to prove it yet.
LOW O. Dissolved oxygen levels are often a concern for fisheries in winter, but summerkill can occur when things get really hot or water gets really low. Low oxygen tolerance levels vary from species to species, but generally, fish like bass, bluegills and perch require levels to be at or below 5 mg/L before being detrimentally impacted. Coldwater species like trout and salmon become stressed at levels of 7 and 6 mg/L respectively. However, the ubiquitous northern pike can tolerate levels as low as 1.5 mg/L with minimal negative effects.
SPIN TO WIN. When tying up crawler harnesses, assembling in-line spinners, crafting spinnerbaits or making any other lure with a spinner blade, it’s important to remember that different blades require different levels of force (ie: retrieval or trolling speed) to get them spinning. Colorado blades, with their wide shape and deep cup spin the easiest and require less speed to get going. Thin willow blades require some force to get turning, as there is less surface area for the water to work against. Indiana blades, a happy medium width, are somewhere in the middle of the two.
Welcome to Spin City baby!