SCHOOL’S IN! As we get closer to holiday break, it’s tough to think about finishing out the semester, when “school” will take on another meaning as kids hit the ice with family and friends (maybe you’re taking a few?) When targeting schooling fish through the ice, we have some lessons to get the bigger ones to bite and to turn lookers into takers in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: A school of bluegills can be a lesson in sorting through fish under the ice. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 12/10 – Nice for a Monday! – Hi 35, Lo 17, Wind W@7
Tomorrow: Tue 12/11 – Another Good One – Hi 34, Lo 18, Wind NW@8.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
10:56AM 8:05PM 3:29PM 3:05AM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (11% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 3:00-4:00PM. Moon overhead, warm temps and light winds will start your evening off with a solid Edge Hour.
DRAW ‘EM IN. Bang the bottom with a spoon or heavy lure to stir things up and put some sediment (and small food items) in the bottom of the water column. This will draw fish in to look (and eat) and oftentimes will attract a nearby school.
TAKE THE PLUNGE. Many times, smaller specimens (especially perch and bluegills) will rise to take your offering. Drop it past those top bars on your sonar and target fish near the bottom, which many times can be the larger ones in the bunch.
FLOCK TOGETHER. Fish that move in packs, like walleyes, will school in groups containing similar-sized fish. If you catch two or three cigar-sized fish, move around and find other areas where fish are moving, or wait for a new school to pass through that may be bigger.