CHILL. Don’t fret, spring will return this week as nervous anglers start eyeing waters – for flooding and for the first runs of fish. We cover both topics in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Step Carefully. Stay focused on current and drops when wade fishing in spring, especially with fluctuating water levels. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 3/25 – Melt Halt – Hi 32, Lo 21, Wind SE@5.
Tomorrow: Tue 3/26 – Spring Again! – Hi 51, Lo 29, Wind S@10.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
7:37AM 8:02 PM
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
12:40AM 10:29AM 5:38AM 6:03PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (74% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:30-6:30PM. Moon underfoot, light winds and the warmer part of the day will help with a late season ice trip in our Edge Hour.
A Flood of Thoughts. Tributaries around ND begin to swell with last week’s meltwater. NOAA is keeping tabs on the gauges as things begin to move and some areas are experiencing (and anticipate) minor to moderate surges in river levels.
Time the Run. Those creeks, streams and channels will be the first to draw pre-spawn fish from lakes and rivers this time of year, so target the places pike and walleyes will stack up and search for them down from any barriers in holes, eddies and other holding places in the next two weeks or so.
Wade Watch. When wade fishing – especially in spring – make certain that boots are in good shape and provide the traction needed. Watch for areas of current and use a walking staff for extra balance in rocky or slippery stretches. A PFD is not a bad idea either, with many doubling as fishing vests these days.