BACK IN BED. It’s noticeably cooler out there this morning following the cold front that swept over the region triggering tornadoes and strong storms west of Bismarck. You may want to sleep in, but there’s still plenty to do in the outdoors, like finding fish in favorite summer haunts – and that’s today’s topic in our Three Things.
Featured Photo: Reed it Here. Get the lay of the land before casting into a reed bed. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: 7/15 – Behind the front. Hi 78, Lo 62, Wind NW@10.
Tomorrow: 7/16 – An Ideal Day! Hi 81, Lo 64, Wind S@7.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:04AM Sunset: 9:34PM
Moonrise: 9:12AM Moonset 11:35PM
Overhead: 4:29PM Underfoot: 4:01AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (10% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 9:00-10:00PM. With calming winds around sunset, your Edge Hour will be farthest away from the frontal activity today.
BED UP. Reed beds are classic summer haunts for largemouth bass. Try to find one adjacent to deep water – especially on cooler days like today – as the fish may be hanging out on the edge or off the break after the front. When things warm up again, look for largemouth laying in skinny water inside the vegetation eating crayfish, minnows and young panfish, with the biggest fish holding the best spots in the bed.
WORK THROUGH IT. Use streamlined baits like Texas-rigged worms and pointed-head jigs that easily slide through the reed stalks. Work areas of open water amidst the thicker stuff, and slide the offerings slowly through sparser areas to get the attention of nearby bass – you’ll be amazed by where they can hide in the jungle!
HARD HOOKSET. Having strong line – 20 to 30 pound test or more – is important to getting big fish out of the reeds. Set the hook hard to power them to the surface and move bass out of the cover, and crank down on them to keep the tension and prevent them from getting down to the base of the reed stalks.