WHAT’S THE SKINNY? Fishing any river, stream or creek this time of year – when waters are clear and low – requires tact and knowing when fish are feeding, whether it’s bass, trout or walleye. Use shoreline cover and shadows, and a little bit of camouflage to hide from wary eyes in the water. Learn more in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Wild Brown. DEO’s Nick Simonson with a brown trout from a driftless stream, caught while casting a woolly bugger from his knees behind a stand of shoreline grass in the heat of August. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 7/30 – Summertime Slow Sizzle! Hi 90, Lo 67, Winds S @ 7.
Tomorrow: Mon 7/31 – Our Perfect Summer Rolls On. Hi 92, Lo 67, Winds S @ 8.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:22AM Sunset: 9:16PM
Moonrise: 2:27PM Moonset: 12:45AM
Overhead: 7:54PM Underfoot: 7:32AM
Moon Phase: First Quarter @ 10:23AM
EDGE HOUR. 7:30 – 8:30PM. This hour leading up to sunset will combine moon overhead with a light evening chop and fading cloud cover to trigger a good bite, long after last night’s chance for rain has passed and the atmosphere has stabilized. Set the hook into your last stand for the weekend!
CAMO UP. When fishing small streams for trout or other species, shirts, caps and pants in light greens, browns or even camouflage will help conceal you when you look to make a cast. Bright colors like oranges, whites and yellows can stay at home. We’re not saying go full face-paint like you do for turkey hunting in the spring, but a little cover-up goes a long way.
SHADOW CAST. When fishing in tight quarters or small streams, pay attention to the location of sun and shoreline trees. If you can stay in the shade to drop the perfect fly cast to a trout or flip your jig to a known smallie haunt, use the shadows to your advantage, and stay in the deep shade as you move from spot to spot.
SLOW MOTION. Keep movements along a small flow slow and methodical, and limit false casting when trying for trout on the fly rod. Use shoreline grasses and brush as cover, and if you have to cast from your knees, do so, especially in pools and areas that have been dammed by beavers which hold fish. Use those structures as cover too, as getting one good cast may mean hooking the biggest fish in the area.
Stay under the radar. Stay Sharp!