LET’S ROCK! It’s a marvelous Monday for any outdoor activity, so if you’re headed to work – call in sick! Light winds, sunny skies and moderate temperatures make today ideal, despite its position in the week. We talk habitat, harems and specialized hooks in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Cock of the Rock. A rooster pheasant secures his crowing position atop a slough-side rockpile. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 4/22 – Calmer – Hi 62, Lo 39, Wind N@8
Tomorrow: Tue 4/23 – Southerly Surge – Hi 72, Lo 40, Wind S@17, G25
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
Fol. Day 8:59AM 4:17AM 4:43PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (87% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 4:00-5:00PM. Bail on work early and get in on some good fishing conditions and moon underfoot in today’s Edge Hour.
HIRE ‘EM. Habitat plantings and food plots can be commissioned through local Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Get in touch with your local group to improve habitat or get the desired winter cover and food planted for pheasants, deer, pollinators and other wildlife.
HAREM. A rooster pheasant typically mates with only a handful of hens each spring, but in the worst of scenarios (not for the surviving roosters, obviously) one cock can fertilize more than two dozen females.
HOOK ‘EM. Circle hooks are ideal for catfish and lake sturgeon, but they also work on soft plastics for bass, especially soft plastic stick baits like Senkos. Simply run the hook through the middle of the worm (or use an O-ring around it) and cast it out wacky-style. The circle hook will pull up and lodge in the corner of the mouth, preventing a gut-hooking.