HUNGRY? Probably not after the brats, burgers and more from the first full day of our long weekend. But you know the fish are, as a bounty of tiny creatures are starting to show up for their dining pleasure. We talk about these morsels in today’s Three Things, so you know what’s on the menu.
Featured Photo: Scuds, or freshwater shrimp, pair up this time of year, nearly doubling the take for hungry fish. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 5/27 – Chance for PM Thunder – Hi 87, Lo 64, Wind NE@11.
Tomorrow: Mon 5/28 – Rain builds in. Hi 80, Lo 60, Wind E@13, G23
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:56AM Sunset: 9:25PM
Moonrise: 7:27PM Moonset 5:19AM
Overhead: Fol. Day Underfoot: 12:17PM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (95% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:00 – 6:00AM. The predawn stretch will be your best, with low traffic, moonset and sunrise aligning in the Edge Hour.
SCUD MISSLE. Scuds often serve as the food base for many panfish and predators, and lakes with a strong population of them, like Devils Lake, can become fisheries of great renown with big and fat fish. Some places have them so thick, that the joke often is the fish won’t bite because all they have to do is swim around with their mouths open to get full.
NYMPHS. Both damselflies and dragonflies will become more abundant in June. As for now, their aquatic stage serves as a welcome find for fish. These hard-shelled nymphs are favorites of smallies, rock bass and panfish and are a great summer fly to have on hand as they make their way to the surface to molt and fly off surrounding structures like dock posts, tree trunks and other streamside structures.
YOY. Young-of-the-year fish will start to materialize in the coming weeks, as the last of our local gamefish and panfish species complete their spawning rituals. While not only serving as the beginning of the next generation, they also fill their place in the circle of life, providing food for the older generations. Check the shallows to see what’s hatching.