A SHOT OF HOT! Warm winds are blowing into the region, as southwesterlies take hold over the next couple of days, bringing a summerlike feel to this mid-autumn week! Watch for a fast bite to form this week, as fish warm up and strap on the feedbag in the relatively hot weather. We talk about hungry fall surface feeders and more in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Marshall High School students take aim at the SMSU Trap Shoot Challenge during the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 10/16 – Getting warm. Hi 69, Lo 34, Winds StoW@17, G25
Tomorrow: Tue 10/17 – Hello again, summer! Hi 75, Lo 40, Winds SW@14, G21
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:04AM Sunset: 6:52PM
Moonrise: 4:24AM Moonset 5:52PM
Overhead: 11:14AM Underfoot: 11:38PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (10% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 5:30-6:30PM. Winds die off by late afternoon, and fish will start taking advantage of the growing warm-up in today’s Edge Hour. Lighter gusts will also make for a good night on stand, just ahead of the new moon.
UPPER. The USFWS highlights the Upper Souris National Refuge located northwest of Minot. With diverse watchable wildlife and bird populations, the complex runs north and south along the Souris River and Lake Darling for a span of nearly 35 miles. Hunting for deer and upland game is allowed on the refuge, with a few minor restrictions and non-toxic shot for birds.
DOWNER. Down feathers on geese, ducks and other birds are designed primarily as light and airy insulators which trap heat and keep it near the body. Additionally, the trapped air also keeps waterfowl more buoyant on the surface of lakes and ponds. The down feathers of many species are used to line nests as well, to make them soft and warm for incubating eggs and accommodating hatched young.
SIDE-TO-SIDER. The Poe’s Jackpot is an exciting surface lure for big pike and muskies, especially late in the season when these predators return to the shallows to feed before winter. Worked with a downward snap of the rod and a continuous crank of the reel, the Jackpot zips in a side-to-side walk-the-dog-style pattern that makes a lot of commotion up top to draw in hungry fish. Much like the smaller Zara Spook for bass, it can create explosive surface takes. Remember stay calm, count to two, feel the fish and THEN set the hook!