MINOR MELT. Yesterday’s temps spurred a little melting of snow cover across the region, just in time for not only colder conditions today and tomorrow, but another dumping of snow scheduled for Sunday. I don’t know about you, but we might have to force spring’s hand with a trip to somewhere warm! In the meantime, we get you ready for those first openwater walleyes in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Eye on Spring. When it gets here, the hot fishing will too. Get ready for prespawn walleyes with three tips in today’s Three Things. Simonson Photo.
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 4/5 – Gusty, Snow Chance. Hi 28, Lo 19, Wind NW@20, G30.
Tomorrow: Fri 4/6 – Cold, Breezy. Hi 20, Lo 9, Wind NW@14, G21.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:14AM Sunset: 8:17PM
Moonrise: 12:54AM Moonset 10:26AM
Overhead: 5:42AM Underfoot: 6:06PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (76% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:15 – 6:15AM. Get out ahead of the weather and get on a pre-frontal bite in the Edge Hour with moon overhead.
SLOW IT DOWN. Pre-spawn walleyes in open water will stack up and feed more aggressively at prime time – dawn and dusk. At other times in these cold-weather stretches, slow the offerings down and offer baits up on smaller jigs and rigs. Wait for the tap and the pull before setting the hook, unless it’s a primetime wallop!
CLEAR AS A BELL. Utilize clear lines like Fluorocarbon if water levels are low and runoff is at a minimum, keeping water clear. As things get a little muddier on those warmer days with added melting, superlines like Fireline or PowerPro will suffice and provided added bite detection.
THE SWITCH. All in all, spring has to come sometime. It may be that the bite is red hot for that first week when things warm up and you’ll want to be ready for it. Have all tackle ready for deployment, a fresh spool of line on the reel, and be ready to catch the hot bite when things warm up – hit those prime spots – dams, shallows, rip-rap, wing walls and other areas that congregate ready-to-spawn walleyes.