ABOVE AVERAGE GUSTS. The average top wind gusts for the next four days will be 29 mph, so hold on to your hats and batten down your blinds in the field! After a calm start today, those winds will fire up and blow through the week, making it a perfect one to winterize your boat, check out your auger, and restock your ice house in order to get ready for the next season. We talk about some basic ice fishing prep (what, too soon? never!) in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Try not to think about pulling that monster pike through the hole. Ha! You totally just did. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 10/22 – Calm early morning. Hi 66, Lo 33, Winds W@22, G31.
Tomorrow: Mon 10/23 – Fly a kite. Hi 58, Lo 34, Winds NW@26, G 38.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:12AM Sunset: 6:42PM
Moonrise: 10:52AM Moonset 8:45PM
Overhead: 3:51PM Underfoot: 3:28AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (8% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 7:45-8:45AM. A calm(ish) sunrise is all you’ll get today, as winds will quickly be on the uptick after today’s Edge Hour. In the relative stillness, deer should be on the move, so get on stand.
RELINE. One of the big hurdles to overcome in any vertical presentation of a lure, particularly with ice fishing is getting rid of lure spin. The best way is to remove old, coiled line from those ice reels and reset them with a brand new stretch of monofilament. After being tightly wrapped and in storage for a season, there’s a good chance your ice reels need refreshing!
BATTERY UP. Take a swing at your battery stash this week to see if they’re maintaining power like they should be. Items like electric augers, sonar devices, and even GPS units could use a fresh charge, or maybe a new battery altogether in order to be ready for the approaching ice season.
BE A SPORT. The North Dakota Sportsman’s Expo will take place at the Bismarck Events Center on Fri. Dec. 8 and Sat. Dec. 9 this year. Ice houses, snowmobiles, ice fishing gear, hunting displays and more will welcome visiting sportsmen to the event. Mark your calendar now.