SMALL PLACES. Big action can be found in tiny places, whether it’s a cattle pond deep enough to hold a population of bluegills or pike, a bass pond tucked back in the woods off the main water or a small stream for trout. Knowing how to fish these areas can help you catch their biggest fish. We talk about those tactics in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Pond Bass. Lincoln Schreurs pauses with a bucketmouth caught from a tiny pond. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: 7/17 – Gorgeous. Hi 85, Lo 62, Wind SE@9
Tomorrow: 7/18 – Chance Rain PM. Hi 81, Lo 61, Wind S@11.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:06AM Sunset: 9:32PM
Moonrise: 11:43AM Moonset 12:06AM
Overhead: 6:15PM Underfoot: 5:50AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (28% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:45-6:45PM. Warm, stable conditions with light winds and moon overhead will be your ticket to success in the Edge Hour.
STEALTH. In small places it’s important to stay stealthy. Avoid casting a shadow on the water and spooking fish, and stay low among streamside grasses, or the bank of the pond before casting an offering out. Don’t wade in or splash if you can avoid it and use the shade of shoreline cover such as bushes or trees to your advantage.
LONG BOMB. Many pond fisheries can be covered in their entirety with long casts, so find a good vantage point and launch your offerings from there. The same goes for creeks and streams. Work little waters over with fan casts covering all angles of their surface from just one or two points to connect with wary fish.
SELECTIVITY. Unless fish are stunted or noticeably overpopulated (as can be the case with pond bluegills), be selective in your harvest methods on small waters and preserve the bigger fish as the apex predators. Catch and release bigger bass or pike so they can take care of the over-populated smaller species like perch and bluegills.