JUST HANGIN’ OUT! What a great start to the week, perfect for fishing, shooting sports, barbecuing or taking it easy. In the cool waters of this late spring, those quick tactics might not be hitting their stride as they normally do in this stretch of the season, and we talk in today’s Three Things about ways of slowing down traditional offerings to catch those fish that are recovering from spawn and only just starting to speed up.
Featured Photo: A red-winged blackbird hangs onto a cattail. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 5/14 – Call in sick. Hi 78, Lo 48, Winds L&V.
Tomorrow: Tue 5/15 – Almost hot! Hi 81, Lo 50, Wind SW@10
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:10AM Sunset: 9:10PM
Moonrise: 6:08AM Moonset 8:15PM
Overhead: 1:05PM Underfoot: 12:39AM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (1% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:40 – 6:40AM. Sunrise and moonrise along with amazing cool, calm and fish-filled conditions will start your day in the Edge Hour.
SLOW SPIN. The now popular secret-that-everyone-knows “slow death” rig is a great alternative to trolling traditional spinners this time of year. Worked behind an electric motor moving just fast enough to get the crawler to turn in the setup’s trademark death spiral, means it can be trolled at a pace half as fast as is required for traditional Colorado-bladed spinners. This gives lethargic post-spawn walleye a longer time to be exposed to the offering.
SLOW FALL. Things are still chilly in the warming spring spawning areas for both largemouth and smallmouth bass, and those fish with reproduction on their minds might snub a fast-moving offering. Instead, toss slow-falling stick baits like the Yum Dinger or Yamamoto Senko wacky style, or slow-drag a lightly weighted tube, using 1/16-ounce bullets instead of 1/8 ounce weights to provide a more natural horizontal sink.
SLOW STALK. Look for pre-spawn crappies tucked up in the reeds, cattails and other areas with shallow cover and slowly move into the area armed with a cane pole or telescoping rod with a stretch of monofilament and a 1/32-ounce jig dressed with a small tube or curly-tailed grub, or tipped with a minnow. Move cautiously and deploy the offering with care with the sun in your face, as fish will scatter wcreeps into thearea.