YOU’RE LATE! Here’s hoping the shift to Daylight Savings Time didn’t catch you by surprise! A nice day will get you on the ice – and you can stay out later thanks to an extended amount of evening daylight. While you catch some mid-March fish, we look ahead to spring angling with a trio of quick tips in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Cranked up. A selection of crankbaits awaits review in a tacklebox. Simonson Photo)
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 3/11 – What time is it? Time for fishing. Hi 30, Lo 15, Winds NW@7.
Tomorrow: Mon 3/12 – Make it a three-day weekend! Hi 33, Lo 10, Winds L&V.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:04 AM Sunset: 7:43PM
Moonrise: 4:50AM Moonset 2:03PM
Overhead: 9:26AM Underfoot: 8:50PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (30% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 7:30-8:30 PM. Catch the sunset bite with a little bump from the moon sliding underfoot in today’s Edge Hour.
SQUEAKY REEL. Just like checking and changing the batteries in your smoke detectors this time of year, check to see that all of your reels are in good shape for spring fishing. Add a few drops of reel oil to make sure everything is turning and double-check the give on each drag mechanism for those first big fish of spring.
RUST NEVER SLEEPS. For jig boxes and crankbait containers, drop a couple commercial desiccant packages in and swap last year’s out to keep rust from invading the box. Especially for those that contain frequently used lures, make sure some sort of rust prevention is in place, as water quickly takes hold and oxidizes both used and unused lures.
SWITCH. For those beat-up, bent or slightly corroded treble hooks, take the time now to remove and replace them on your favorite lures. Alternatively, take a hook-hone and sharpen them up so each spring hookset will be fast, clean and hard-sticking. Now you’re getting set for spring!