ROCKY! While the weather will be anything but rocky with warm temps and light breezes settling in, your fishing can be – in a good way. The underappreciated rock bass is a species of younger years, and tons of fun for new anglers to connect with. We celebrate the champ in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: A large rock bass caught while looking for largemouth. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: 7/11 – Wind shift. Hi 85, Lo 70, Wind NW@13, G20.
Tomorrow: 7/12 – Summer sweetness. Hi 84, Lo 64, Wind NW@9.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:00AM Sunset: 9:36PM
Moonrise: 4:34AM Moonset 8:16PM
Overhead: 12:23PM AM Underfoot: Fol. Day
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (3% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 8:00-9:00PM. The growing power of the new moon will help create a late-day Edge Hour.
YO! Rock bass can be found in a few regional lakes, and in the Sheyenne and Red Rivers along rocky banks, rip rap areas under dams, and gravelly stretches. Feeding predominantly on smaller fish, crayfish and insects, their relatively large mouth is great for snapping up these prey items.
OL’ GOGGLEYES. A notable trademark of the rock bass are its large, red eyes that bulge out a bit from the head and broadcast that crimson calling card from almost every angle the fish is viewed. Beyond the nickname “redeyes” they’re known as red-eyed bass and ol’ goggleeyes in some angling circles.
FOR THE RECORD. While ND doesn’t maintain a record for rockies, Minnesota does, and the title is held by two anglers, each with a two-pound fish. The same holds true for the IGFA world record, with two anglers each landing a three-pound specimen.