GILLY, GILLY! With first ice established, one of our favorite early pursuits is panfish. In today’s Three Things we share tips for finding bull bluegills and consistent action.
Featured Photo: A nice bluegill caught and released on a small ND lake. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 12/6 – Calm & Cold. Hi 17, Lo 9, Wind L&V.
Tomorrow: Fri 12/7 – Perfect Ice Day! Hi 27, Lo 9, Wind L&V.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
7:18AM 4:55PM 12:09PM Fol. Day
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (1% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 4:25-5:25PM. Sunset, moonset, calm winds and moderating temperatures combine to close out the day strong in the Edge Hour.
BIG EYES. Panfish eyes can pick up the smallest things. Did you know bluegills will often feed on daphnia and some of the other tiniest creatures in the water? That’s why keeping your ice presentations sound with these big-eyed fish is a good idea. Check to see that baits are aligned and look and move naturally to increase success.
SPRING IT. Additionally, panfish like bluegills, perch and crappies can quickly inhale and spit out a bait before you even notice the take. Adding a spring bobber to your rod can help pick up these light bites and give you the signal to set the hook.
GO THROUGH. Sometimes, when bluegills are hung up in a big school, try lowering your lure through the group and to the bottom. Active fish will follow it down and rise up to it when you lift, and those that show up in addition to what was already there will be intrigued. Break up the monotony of stalled fish by altering your tactics!