NICE ON ICE. With the settling in of more temperate weather, many have turned their attention to the ice and trucks loaded with augers, buckets, rods and houses were a common sight on many roads yesterday and will be today as well as anglers make their way to the region’s hardwater. We talk more about ice fishing and flights with the birds in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: All Clear. Scooping out the ice holes is half the fun for young anglers. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 1/7 – Warm with wind shift. Hi 35, Lo 27, Winds NW@14, G20.
Tomorrow: Mon 1/8 – Still temperate. Hi 33, Lo 20, Winds L&V.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:26AM Sunset: 5:12PM
Moonrise: Fol. Day Moonset 12:01PM
Overhead: 5:40AM Underfoot: 6:04PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (62% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 4:30-5:30PM. Declining winds and sunset will align for an evening bite in today’s Edge Hour.
FROZEN FOCUS. After today, it’s all ice fishing as hunting seasons wrap (unless you’re a predator hunter). With warmer temps, anglers were out in full force checking out a number of frozen waters in the Bismarck area. Reports from Landers Northside Bait & Tackle were of constant traffic for minnows, spikes and mousies as anglers headed out for everything from pike to perch in the weekend warm-up. Good conditions will persist through mid-week before a cold front and a snow-maker roll through, so take advantage.
RIP IT. Sometimes it takes sudden movement to trigger a bite. Don’t forget to give your baits the occasional rip – especially ice cranks and blade lures – when fish just don’t seem to commit. The jump can simulate prey trying to escape and trigger a strike response. When the subtle stuff just won’t turn those neutral fish on – give a rip!
TAKE FLIGHT. Nat Geo has some incredible video footage which has been making the rounds on social media of Christian Moullec and his ultralight glider flights alongside geese and other migratory fowl he assists on their journeys. The adventures have turned in to quite the attraction, as Moullec takes tourists into the sky, getting them up close and personal – and within an arm’s reach – of the birds, as they make their way on their migrations.