ROLLIN’ It was an active evening of stationary rain up north while thunderstorms rolled through and around the Bismarck-Mandan area and the southern tier of the state, with some severe. After a stretch of good spring weather, and this first disruption (since April’s last snow), it’s time to think post-frontal and post-spawn for some fish populations and in today’s Three Things we talk about general rules to catch them when things get funky.
Featured Photo: A large storm cell develops over the greening prairie southwest of Bismarck. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 5/8 – Cooler & Cloudy. Hi 65, Lo 56, Winds NE@11.
Tomorrow: Wed 5/9 – Hit & Miss Showers? Hi 71, Lo 50. Winds NW@16, G 25.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:17AM Sunset: 9:02PM
Moonrise: 3:22AM Moonset 1:27PM
Overhead: 8:21AM Underfoot: 8:44PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (44% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 8:15-9:15PM. Take sunset and moon underfoot after much of the day’s weather subsides in today’s Edge Hour.
START SMALLER. After a weather system moves through – particularly in spring – tie on a jig or crank that’s a bit smaller than what you’d offer up in the heat of summer or after a stable stretch of weather this time of year. Fish are less inclined to binge and a snack-sized morsel will be easier to gulp down than something bigger. Consider going clear with your line, and downsizing the diameter as well so lures present more naturally.
SLOW IT DOWN. Keep a lure in front of a fish’s nose by slowing a presentation down. The longer it sits, the more likely they are to bite. Whether that’s dragging a jig along the bottom instead of popping it at a faster pace, or slowly twitching a drop-shot rig for bass instead of working a quicker plastic or ripping a jerkbait or other active lure.
GO LIVE. If you have a live bait option – use it! The wiggle of the season’s first crawlers or a lively minnow will convert bites easier than going with artificial baits, so employ the baits you can pick up at the local tackleshop after those cooler spring stretches roll through.