WE’RE ON IT! Tips and events for the new year highlight today’s Three Things as conditions improve for getting out there on the ice or in those last deep sloughs for the last pheasant hunting of the year (and possibly your first rooster of 2019?). Above-average temperatures return to make things feel mild.
Featured Photo: Stay…well, you know. After assembly, a flashabou jig gets the hook hone treatment before heading to the tacklebox.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 1/2 – Warming Trend. Hi 30, Lo 18. Wind NW@10.
Tomorrow: Thu 1/3 – Marchuary. Hi 40, Lo 27, Wind W@9.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
5:08AM 2:56PM 10:05AM 10:30PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (10% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 2:30-3:30PM. Kick your evening fishing trip off early with moonset and mild temps in today’s Edge Hour.
KEEP THE EDGE. Utilizing a hook hone, especially in winter for those light-biting fish under the ice, helps guarantee a positive and easy hookset, when a lure is jerked vertically. Unlike summer, where many hooksets come from the side (unless vertically jigging) physics can work against a clean connection on a vertical set and every advantage helps.
KEEP CRUSHING. The Missouri River Clay Target League (MR CTL) will host up to 240 students, grades 6-12 with hunter’s education, this spring on the six high school teams in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Sign-up begins on Jan. 15 and runs through Jan. 24.
KEEP FLUSHING. Pheasant season closes on Sun. Jan. 6, giving you a few more days after the holiday to get out in the field. Look for deep thermal cover early in the day – and if some grass remains uncovered by recent snows – those more open areas where birds can go as things warm up in the afternoon in this temperate home stretch of the season.