CALM CONDITIONS. After today’s breeze, tomorrow’s conditions will be calm and sunny. Knowing how to target light sensitive species like walleyes will keep you on fish all holiday weekend, even in the middle of the day. We lay out some pointers in today’s Three Things.
Photo: Smooth sailing. A pair of grebes cruise the calm surface of Pelican Lake near Wing. While great for weekend fun, still and sunny conditions can make for tough fishing. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 5/25 – Holiday Weekend Warmth. – Hi 88, Lo 62. Wind W@14, G22
Tomorrow: Sat 5/26 – Summer Starts NOW! – Hi 90, Lo 60. Wind L&V.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:58AM Sunset: 9:23PM
Moonrise: 5:14PM Moonset 4:25AM
Overhead: 11:08PM Underfoot: 10:45AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (85% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:00 – 6:00 PM. When you get set at your campsite or the cabin, hit the water for moonrise and the start of a good bite in the Edge Hour
GO DEEP. During the day, look for walleyes in deeper spots, including holes and scours in rivers or off the edge of a breakline. Work these areas slowly and target transitions from rock to gravel, or gravel to sand. Once contact is made, keep going back to the well until they’re gone.
SLOW & LIVE. Slow-trolling or jigging live baits during the day in these particular places will help keep offerings in front of wary fish in calm and sunny conditions. While they might not be in the feeding mood with the conditions, it’s often tough to override the instinct to eat, though you may need to downsize your bait.
STRUCTURED. Timber, boulders, old road beds, rock piles and other sunken structures provide safe haven, and even shade, on sunny, calm days. Find these places and mark them on a GPS and work them from all angles to connect with fish that are seeking respite from the rays.