FOR THE KIDS! While the next week once again sports high temperatures 10 to 15 degrees above normal, the final, solidifying onset of ice making weather will come soon. Prepare your gear and consider taking a young person out there this season, introducing him or her to ice angling. When you do, take our tips along with you, which we share in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Getting a young person after fast-biting fish like pike can connect them to the pastime of ice fishing. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 12/11 – Wintry Mix to Start. Hi 37, Lo 32, Winds NW@ 25, G36.
Tomorrow: Tue 12/12 – Calm Day. Hi 40, Lo 24, Winds W@9.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:19AM Sunset: 4:54PM
Moonrise: 1:22AM Moonset 1:57PM
Overhead: 7:45AM Underfoot: 8:07PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (35% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 1:30 – 2:30: Chances for precip will subside in the afternoon around moonset, giving you a slight advantage in today’s Edge Hour. It will remain blustery, however.
FAST ACTION. When ice fishing with kids, take them after fish you know will bite. Whether it’s perch in a favorite slough, pike on a stocked lake, or a hot bite for walleyes in prime time, like evening, having consistent action is key to hooking young anglers on the experience. Keep it simple, with a hook and a bobber with a minnow, to connect them with their quarry. Your rods can be actively jigged while theirs serve as stationary options.
WARM & DRY. Keep kids out of the way when drilling holes, not only for safety but also to keep them dry. Put them up on the seats of a flipover shack, or an upturned five-gallon bucket to prevent boots from taking on chilly water and slush. Pack an extra set of socks and mittens, as both tend to get wet and cold first before all other outdoor clothing. Have a heater and keep it on or ready to go if things get too chilly. If things are dipping in the single digits, or super windy, consider another day.
SNACK CENTRAL. Have plenty to eat and drink. Jerky, granola bars and chex mix are fun on-the-ice edibles for kids to enjoy while they keep track of their floats. Fill a cooler with juice boxes, waters, or other favorite drinks to keep them hydrated. Stash garbage in your house’s mesh pockets and teach them to pack out everything they packed in…unless it’s in their bellies!