DON’T BE DECEIVED! Despite the approaching summer-like temperatures, fish are making their spring moves around the state and both pike and walleyes are undertaking their truncated seasonal runs in the region right now on flows from the Red River to Lake Ashtabula to the Missouri River system. Reports are that the hot weather is spurring a massive rush – get out there and get on it this weekend before it’s gone! We talk about that and more in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: This pike fell for a Lefty’s Deceiver streamer on the Missouri River system near Washburn. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 4/27 – Still springy. Hi 62, Lo 38, Winds N@14, G 25.
Tomorrow: Sat 4/28 – Southern switch. Hi 64, Lo 38, Winds S@15, G 25
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:34AM Sunset: 8:47PM
Moonrise: 6:16PM Moonset 5:54AM
Overhead: Fol. Day Underfoot: 12:00PM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (93% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:45-6:45AM. Sunrise and moonset get closer together in today’s Edge Hour. Get out early and slam ‘em!
PIKE RUN. With everything crammed up into late April, pike across the region are making up for lost time. Look for feeder creeks, tributaries and other well-known spawning stretches to hold fish right now. Hit ‘em with bright lures – spoons, jigs with large white twisters and gaudy-as-all-get-out flies – to get their attention. The smaller males will be aggressive, the big females might take some finessing.
WALLEYE WADDLE. Watch those staging areas for walleyes, as they stake out their next spawning moves. Slack water, current breaks, and transition areas will hold fish waiting to be the next in line for prime reproductive areas. Jigs and minnows, or jigs with soft plastics will trigger a strike.
EVERYTHING ELSE. Grab your bow and pigstickers and get out for massive carp and buffalo making their respective spawning runs. Find them pinned up in shallow feeder streams, along obstructions and in drainage canals connecting to major waterways. It’s the best of all worlds right now.
Live in the moment and stay sharp!