ROLLERCOASTER. It’ll be a 60-degree swing from today to Thursday, as a quick arctic swipe is followed by a bubble of warmth. Start thinking about your weekend activities now and planning your on-ice attack for when things get above freezing. We get you ready for that and more in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: VEXED. Charge those batteries now as things warm up later in the week to a level conducive with even outside ice fishing. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 1/15 – Cooling Down. Hi -8, Lo -22, Winds NW@11, G18
Tomorrow: Tue 1/16 – Improvements. Hi 5, Lo -25, Winds S@8.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:22AM Sunset: 5:22PM
Moonrise: 7:13AM Moonset 4:25PM
Overhead: 11:49AM Underfoot: Fol. Day
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (2% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 4:00 – 5:00PM. The warmest part of the day will align with moonset and sunset in today’s Edge Hour for a good evening bite.
MAKE THE CALL. You’ll find baitshops are more than willing to give you the latest scoop on where fish are biting. Check social media for your favorite tackleshops, or ones in the area you’ll be fishing and see what the latest report is. When all else fails, the old tin-can-and-a-string works, so give them a call, you’ll find they’re happy to share info with a potential customer.
IF YOU HAVE TWO, YOU HAVE ONE. For extended ice trips, packing an extra battery for a sonar is a good idea. That way, if a wall outlet is on shore and you can’t make it back to charge, a second power source is at hand. Typically, $15-20 each, it’s a good investment for those who venture out on longer excursions. Don’t forget the backup for your electric auger as well!
CUT AND RETIE. You might already be a month into the season, and that new line on the reel is starting to kink and twist. Especially those smaller panfish rods, where a straight line is key in getting bites. Before you wet a line, pull 10-15 feet of line off and cut, retying that favorite jig back on.