LOOKING OUT. The week looks fine for ice fishing or hunting, and we tap into some new resources made available by the G&F as part of today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Three eyes. Know how big the walleye population is getting in your water with help from Sampling Data. Simonson Photo
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 12/9 – Great Finish! Hi 31, Lo 10, Wind NW@8
Tomorrow: Sun 12/10 – Metling? Hi 35, Lo 13, Wind W@5
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
10:11AM 7:10PM 2:40PM 2:15AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (6% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 2:00-3:00PM. Get your afternoon going with moon overhead and calmer conditions in the Edge Hour.
FREE SAMPLES. Sampling numbers tell the tale that stocking information doesn’t – what survives, what grows and what’s available in your favorite fishing water. The NDG&F has updated their Public Fishing Waters information page to include the results of recent survey operations to give you the full picture of what’s under the surface.
STEADY. The week will be a relatively calm one with chances for light snow on Tuesday and Wednesday. Winds will be moderate, but not roaring and temperatures will max out in the mid-30s, facilitating more early ice action or late season hunting.
DEAD & ALIVE. Having an active ice stick, one rigged with a spoon, jig or other flashy lure, along with a dead stick or bobber road with a minnow below it, is a great way to figure out what fish want under the ice. The active rod brings in fish and gets aggressive ones to bite, while the passive rod turns neutral fish into biters due to the more subtle presentation.