HEY MIKE! What day is it? You’re halfway to another good looking weekend, with an early forecast showing highs in the upper 30s and moderate winds once again. In the meantime, get through a couple gusty days and you’re golden. We talk about that color and its holiday partner in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Sunrise lights up the gold front of a rooster pheasant in the silver frost trimmed grass north of Bismarck. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 12/13 – Small everything warning. Hi 38, Lo 30, Winds NW@38, G50.
Tomorrow: Thu 12/14 – Calm in comparison. Hi 32, Lo 28, Winds NW@16, G25.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:20AM Sunset: 4:55PM
Moonrise: 3:31AM Moonset 2:49PM
Overhead: 9:14AM Underfoot: 9:36PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (18% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 3:00 – 4:00PM. Catch a dip in the days gusty conditions during the Edge Hour along with moonset to get a bump in activity.
SILVER…Silver is the predominant color of many baitfish and young game fish in the wild. Silver reflects much of the sun’s light which penetrates the water, providing some protective coloration for schools of minnows and other fish. On bright days, silver patterned spoons, spinners and crankbaits are a go-to, especially in areas with shiners, young-of-the-year white bass and other similar forage.
…AND GOLD. Tannin stained and brownish-colored waters bring out a darker shade of fish. From bait like chubs to gamefish like walleyes and smallies, fish are able to adjust their coloration based on genetics and environmental stimuli. Catch a walleye from gin-clear water and a bog-tinted flow and you’ll see how gold they can be!
DECK THE HALLS. Stay golden when casting all sorts of offerings, but especially flies, by keeping the deck of your boat free and clear of obstructions. Cover cleats with Velcro wraps and tarp-like fabrics, and keep anchors and ropes stored safely out of the way at the front of the boat to keep lures and line from hanging up.