FOLLOW THE WIND. Today’s breezy conditions will set up an excellent evening of fishing that will continue into tomorrow. Remember to fish those areas that the wind has consistently blown against during any stretch of time, as the pattern of incoming water will drive a lot of fish activity. We talk about that and more in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Light winds ripple the waters of Lake Sakakawea at sunrise before building into rollers at mid-day. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 7/23 – All Clear. Hi 80, Lo 60, Wind NW@15, G25.
Tomorrow: Tue 7/24 – Warm & Calm. Hi 85, Lo 57, Wind S@7.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:13AM Sunset: 9:26PM
Moonrise: 6:16PM Moonset 2:59AM
Overhead: 10:58PM Underfoot: 10:34AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (85% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 9:00-10:00PM. The sunrise hour with fading breezes will give you an Edge Hour to explore those windswept southern shores.
PILE UP. The waves created by consistent winds, like those from yesterday afternoon and today, push schooling baitfish into the shallows and weedlines on the receiving shoreline. Explore these spaces and opt for them during and right after the winds die down, because that’s where the food will be.
TURBID. Continuous winds will also create turbidity in the water, making it easier for fish like walleyes to stay up shallow, as the light cannot penetrate the column as easily. Look for them to patrol the edge of weedlines, rock points and reefs that are absorbing the brunt of the gusts, or for the areas that waves sweep over and carry food behind, like the backside of a reef.
STAY STRONG. A good anchor and long rope is required to hold in high winds. Additionally, today’s powerful trolling motors will give you better control in gusty conditions. Know what your boat can take to stay effective in the gales, and plan accordingly.