COMING DOWN. Winds dip today and nearly disappear tomorrow making for the start of another great weekend that most will spend in the field except in those places with solid ice up near the Canadian line. While it’s still a week off, we’re starting to see models pattern out a temperature drop into the single digits for mid-to-late next week. We talk that and secret ice fishing tips in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Crappies line the bottom ten feet on a Vexilar display. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 12/14 – Rain/Snow Mix Early. Hi 33, Lo 28, Winds NW@18, 28
Tomorrow: Fri 12/15 – Start the Weekend Right! Hi 40, Lo 23, Winds SW@7.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:21AM Sunset: 4:55PM
Moonrise: 4:33AM Moonset 3:16PM
Overhead: 9:59AM Underfoot: 10:21PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (11% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 3:00 – 4:00PM. Moonset will fall in late afternoon giving you an advantage in today’s Edge Hour. Gusts may taper some too going into evening.
WEATHER WATCH. A more reliable dip in temperature appears to be coming next week, and we’re keeping an eye on the cold snap in hopes it brings more solid ice to our area. Recent reports show that most of the state is struggling to establish a solid surface on lakes big and small, with above average temps reversing ice formation and making the established stuff scary.
IN A PINCH. When that ice does come wherever you might be waiting, give your minnowhead a good pinching before spearing it on the treble hook of your favorite spoon. The subtle shimmy of skin and entrails is often that trigger that convinces fish to bite, plus the scent and taste trail stays with the offering longer. Cutting or slicing the head off just doesn’t have that same disgusting/delicious draw!
SWIRLIES! Nah, we’re not bullying anyone in the boys’ room. Rather, it’s a sneaky tactic to find fish just off the edge of your sonar range. Try swirling the transducer of an ice flasher in your hole to send an angled beam out under the ice in all directions. Sometimes – especially with crappies and bluegills – you can pick suspended fish out just off your jigging area. Work the level of the smaller flashes that result from the swirl and nab a few extra fish!