SPOTTED. Evening rains avoided Bismarck but continued to dampen areas north and south of the area yesterday. We’re looking forward to drying out today on light northwest winds and highs in the mid-70s, a nice Saturday, if not overly warm. Here’s hoping you find the spot for pike, walleyes or whatever you’re after today in the outdoors.
Featured Photo: The spots of a northern pike provide camouflage in the water for ambushing predators. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat 6/30 – Still cooler. Hi 75, Lo 62, Wind NW@13
Tomorrow: Sun 7/1 – Halfway Point! Hi 82, Lo 56, Wind W@15, G25
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:52AM Sunset: 9:41PM
Moonrise: 11:25PM Moonset 8:07AM
Overhead: 3:26AM Underfoot: 3:49PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (94% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 7:30-8:30AM – Moonset will carry your daybreak fishing into an awesome Edge Hour.
LOOK AGAIN. The protective coloration of the northern pike, and its close relative, the pickerel, is an exchange of light and dark to match the green shadows and penetrating light of the weedbeds they patrol and ambush their prey from.
WORK IT. Keying in on how fish attack their prey is a great way to get on a bite. Troll or cast baits along the now-developed weedlines of early summer to entice a pike to burst out and slam a spoon, crankbait or jig-and-plastic combo.
Y-NOT? Keep a few pike for the freezer, especially now before the water warms too much and fish become less frequent and their firm gets a little less firm and darker in color later in summer. Learn how to Y-bone with a few pike this summer, and you’ll have a stash of meat that stands up to any other fish!