DIPPING DOWN. Did you enjoy your one day of spring? We hope so! Temperatures drop and winter returns to the region for another stretch, with a hit of snow possible in the near-term and a cold Easter Sunday on tap. With the cold, we think spring and some of our favorite packable panfish baits in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: This colorful bluegill smashed a Road Runner spinner. Simonson Photo
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 3/28 – Back to below average. Hi 36, Lo 24, Wind NW@22, G33.
Tomorrow: Thu 3/29 – Still cool, calmer. Hi 39, Lo 19, Wind NW@9.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:36AM Sunset: 8:06PM
Moonrise: 4:56PM Moonset 6:20AM
Overhead: Fol. Day Underfoot: 11:34AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (90% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 6:00-7:00AM. Moonset ahead of sunrise and the worst of the day’s winds will give you the Edge Hour early on.
EASY TO SWALLOW. Tiny Gulp! baits by Berkley are easy to transport in crush-proof bottles and make the jump from ice season to openwater for panfish like bluegills and crappies. Use maggots for sunnies and hook a 1” minnow for early-season slabs. Just seal ‘em up tightly, as the “juice” tends to get loose.
IMPULSE BUY. Another great ice-to-openwater option is the Impulse line of soft panfish plastics from Northland Tackle. Packed flat and easily transferrable from your ice box to a small pannie box, these tiny tails and other offerings help finesse monster ‘gills.
MAK DADDY. Finally, trimmable, customizable panfish baits along with regular staples for spring fishing are offered up by Maki Plastics. From insect larvae to small baitfish, these plastic offerings are compact and convincing on early season panfish.