CAUGHT…AND RELEASED. That’s right, if you aren’t starting your weekend early, you’re thinking about it…and we caught you! But don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone. Heck, we’ll cover for you! Get out there today and tomorrow, as above average temps and calm winds will make this a weekend to remember on the ice! We’ve got some tips for hardwater C&R in today’s Three Things, so you can harvest selectively!
(Photo: Harvesting selectively will help ensure plentiful (and big) fish in the future. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 1/19 – Cloudy and mild – Hi 38, Lo 27, Winds L&V
Tomorrow: Sat 1/20 – Still nice – Hi 36, Lo 24, Winds W@7
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:19AM Sunset: 5:28PM
Moonrise: 9:48AM Moonset 8:14PM
Overhead: 2:58PM Underfoot: 2:35AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (6% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 9:30-10:30AM. Make it an elongated morning trip, as moonrise will help lift the bite while temps go up in today’s Edge Hour.
THAT’S DEEP. Targeting fish in deep waters can cause stress when they’re being reeled up to the surface, as their bodies cannot deal with the rapid pressure change. This may cause them to appear stunned upon release into an ice hole, or make them float on the surface of the water for a while. Either plan on keeping those fish to eat or target shallower populations.
CIRCLE BACK. Circle-style hooks for deadsticks and bobber set-ups reduce hooking mortality. Just make sure to keep the tension on for those runs under the ice. On the bright side, there won’t be much for jumping or tail-walking to shake them loose after they’re firmly stuck in the corner of the fish’s mouth.
LIMIT AIR TIME. Photos with fish in chilly air temps can cause freezing of fins and gills. Keep picture time in low temperatures to a minimum to prevent damage to fish and limit exposure to really cold air if catch and release is the plan.