ARE WE CLEAR? Now that all of the snow has melted and runoff into lakes has settled down, things are clearing up on area waters. Use this time to assess not only the flash and quality of lures, but how you control them by seeing the results of your actions first hand. We talk about those tips and more for clear water in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Decker Kerkaert of Marshall, Minn. with a nicely-colored smallmouth bass caught from the clear spring waters of a small lake. Carole Kerkaert Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 5/17 – Solid soaking. Hi 80, Lo 60, 1.25” Rain. Wind SE@14, G20
Tomorrow: Fri 5/18 – Continued damp. Hi 63, Lo 47, .25” Rain. Wind N@16, G25
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:06AM Sunset: 9:14PM
Moonrise: 8:10AM Moonset 11:51PM
Overhead: 3:59PM Underfoot: 3:28AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (7% Full)
EDGE HOUR 7:30-8:30AM. Get out ahead of the weather and on a hot bite in today’s Edge Hour.
PUPPET MASTER. In spring, when waters are clear, it’s easy to see how each twitch of the rod tip imparts action to a lure. Whether making a tube mimic a crayfish on the bottom, or seeing how the stop-start action of a jerkbait looks, during clear water conditions is when you can get a great idea of how you control the motion of an offering for fish.
HUE HELP. Use this time on lakes when they are untinted by algae or other stuff in the water column to get an idea as to the color of offerings that look best (or get hit best). Tannin-stained waters and other off-color lakes and rivers will affect the way lures look and provide hints as to what hues perform best on spinners and other lures.
EYE BELOW. Early on, it’s easy to see structure in clear water. Make note of those areas where timber, rock and other debris are piled and the nooks and crannies to be explored later. Work them over with soft plastics or jigs in the near term under low-light conditions, or when anytime water gets a little more turbid in summer and fish aren’t as spooky.