WINTER BREAK! Things warm up on light winds mostly out of the south, lulling us into the idea that spring might be just around the corner. But be forewarned, a system is setting up to give us another (last?) wake up slap of winter. The first non-flowing places to open up in spring will be those small ponds and little lakes and we share tips for fishing those waters in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Farm Pond Fun. Big bluegills – like this 10-incher caught by Friend of the Edge Gavin Schreurs, often populate small ponds. Knowing where they’re at in spring makes for fast fishing. Simonson Photo.
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 4/4 – Above Freezing! Hi 34, Lo 7, Wind S@7.
Tomorrow: Thu 4/5 – Gusty. Hi 28, Lo 19, Wind NW@20, G30.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:16AM Sunset: 8:18PM
Moonrise: Fol. Day Moonset 9:50AM
Overhead: 4:54AM Underfoot: 5:18PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (82% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 4:30-5:30PM. With moon underfoot, mild temps and light winds, bail early from work and get on a late-ice bite in today’s Edge Hour.
GO SHALLOW. When that first stretch of warm weather hits (June, maybe, at this rate?) watch for panfish in farm ponds to make a rush into the shallows to stake out spawning areas and feed on early-emerging insects and other food items. It may be that fish on a sunny morning are deep, but by mid-afternoon are up shallow. Also check any inflows where warmer, darker water might be pumping into the pond or small lake.
COVER UP. As spring temps warm, watch for panfish to stake their claims along structure and cover. Whether it’s a shallow point with a gravel bar for bluegill spawning beds, or the edge of flooded willows or cattails for crappies, these haunts will draw panfish (and any bigger predators) in.
NOT NECESSARILY NORTH. While northern bays which receive the most direct sunlight in spring will warm up first, if there are only shallow bays located elsewhere, target them; especially mud-bottomed dark lobes of water attached to the main body that retain heat better than the deeper main portion. Fish move in on that real estate quickly.