UP AND DOWN AGAIN. We’re still waiting to warm back up, it’s one step forward and one step back, as unstable weather rules the recent pattern. With the flip-flopping, angling isn’t as consistent as the warm stretches in June and July were, as a result, we’ve got some flashy tips for your offerings in today’s Three Things to get your mojo going.
(Featured Photo: The Road Runner jig, with its flickering, built-in spinner gives off a baitfish shimmer and can be rigged with a number of plastic tails, including grubs and tubes, or with its collarless shaft, can be tied up with marabou or krystal flash. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 8/13 – Clouds break and we dry out. Hi 74, Lo 56, Winds E @ 9
Tomorrow: Mon 8/14 – Clouds build back in late. Hi 75, Lo 54, Winds SE @ 8
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:39AM Sunset: 8:55PM
Moonrise: Fol. Day Moonset: 1:03PM
Overhead: 6:15AM Underfoot: 6:40PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (65% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 6:00 – 7:00PM. With moon underfoot, and clearing conditions an evening trip will be your best bet. Take advantage of today’s Edge Hour to target a run of walleyes or crappies in their summer haunts.
FLICKERS. Blades can be the main attractant on baits, or they can provide subtle flashes of silver and gold. Small jigs like the Road Runner runner build in swivels and small size 0 or 1 blades, so that as they’re retrieved they give off a flicker that simulates a small baitfish.
SPIN CYCLE. The bigger and wider the blade, the easier it is to turn. Colorados don’t take as much pull or trolling speed to get moving, while willows need a little more oomph to get spinning. When crafting or selecting spinnerbaits you plan to slow-roll, go with the big blades.
IN THE PAN. If one blade isn’t working particularly well on a walleye spinner, a plastic quick-change clevis that allows you to switch blades in mid-drift and find that particular flash of color that’s working best. With minimal drag on the line, quick change clevises are effective tools for keeping up with what fish want.