THE OTHERS. (That seemed scarier when ‘Lost’ was on TV.) There are plenty of other fish to target, or that maybe you haven’t caught in a while, which lurk in our waters. We highlight a trio of ‘other’ fish in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Carp can provide mid-summer excitement on the rod or when schooled up and pursued with the bow. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: 7/18 – Chance Rain PM. Hi 80, Lo 65, Wind S@10.
Tomorrow: 7/19 – Another evening shot. Hi 85, Lo 60, Wind WtoN@10.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:07AM Sunset: 9:31PM
Moonrise: 12:54PM Moonset 12:35AM
Overhead: 7:03PM Underfoot: 6:39AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (38% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 12:30-1:30PM. Take a late lunch and grab a hot bite before the weather comes in after today’s Edge Hour.
CHUBS. Creek chubs are a fun little fish on the flyrod or light tackle. Find them in many small feeder flows where the water has both fast and slow areas, and look for them along those edges where they can easily engulf small insects and minnows with their big mouths. Try them on the fly when you don’t have trout nearby
SUCKERS. As family legend goes, as a kid my uncle would harvest suckers in spring by lifting a creel full of them out of a creek near my grandparents’ cabin with a nine iron and they’d have fresh sucker-and-potato pancakes for a week. You can connect with a number of sucker species with a simple bottom rig consisting of split shot above a small hook and a pinch of crawler. (Save the club for the golf course.)
CARP. The golden bonefish is a blast on the fly or standard tackle, thanks to its large size and powerful fight. Many lakes and sloughs around the region sport healthy populations of this rough fish and the pastime of bowfishing is peaking, meaning more and more folks are piling up carp from their shooting perch at the front of the boat. Take advantage and sharpen your aim!