FROG DAYS OF SUMMER. You should start seeing a good population of young-of-the-year frogs and toads in those areas where water stuck around to support a hatch of tadpoles this spring. Watch for bass to key in on this readily available forage, and match the hatch with some great frog lures in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A leopard frog rests in a small area of water along a creek in Morton County. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 8/30 – Easterly breezes. Hi 84, Lo 55, Winds E @ 8.
Tomorrow: Thu 8/31 – You remember wind, right? Hi 85, Lo 59, Winds SE @ 20, G26
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:00AM Sunset: 8:26PM
Moonrise: 3:14PM Moonset: 12:15AM
Overhead: 8:05PM Underfoot: 7:41AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (63% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 7:45 – 8:45PM. Sunset, moon overhead and some building clouds will help give you the cover you need to convert some fish tonight. Despite winds from east, the Edge Hour will help you connect with a beast (or at least tomorrow’s breakfast).
YER SCUM! (But a dang good topwater lure!) The Scum Frog is a staple for anyone fishing the slop in late summer for largemouth. Pitch these weed-resistant plastics up against shore and work it through the pockets of weed mats and the ceilings formed by shoreline stands of weeds. In classic or popper, they’re dynamite for hungry bucketmouths eyeing frogs as forage.
HORNY DEVIL. The Zoom Horny Toad is a great dual-purpose lure for imitating frogs on the surface. Creep it along shore weightless on an extra-wide gap hook to imitate a frog on the edge of the water and work it out through the weeds. Once you hit the edge of the vegetation and open water, burn it back to the boat like a buzzbait with it’s two kicking legs leaving a wake and just wait for the explosion!
FAILSAFE. When all else fails, turn to a tube. Rigged weightless and crept through the reeds, pads or slop, a tube will do the job. Pick green, brown, pumpkin or watermelon to imitate a frog and work it slowly and set the hook hard to steer those big bass out of cover.