GO BIG. With a big chill settling in for the week, we check out some big species and some big fish tactics in our Outdoors Update.
Featured Photo: Big View. A crow gets a look at the river valley from a perch on the tip top of a pine tree. Simonson Photo
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 5/5 – Cloudy – Hi 55, Lo 32, Wind N@9.
Tomorrow: Mon 5/6 – Chilly Mix – Hi 48, Lo 30, Wind E@10
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
7:11AM 9:53PM 2:26PM 2:01AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (1% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 6:40-7:40AM. Light winds and sunrise near moonrise will make for a good start in the Edge Hour.
BIG CHILL. We’re waiting on a warm-up, as cold temperatures take hold over the region this week. Highs max out in the 50s, and, yes there’s a chance for a dusting of snow a couple of nights this week.
BIGGER BITES. If you’re looking to weed out smaller fish – upsize your lure. Bigger fish eat bigger prey. From picking out the biggest crappies in a school, to targeting only large walleyes, consider using larger jigs or trolling bigger crankbaits respectively.
BIGGEST FISH. For your records, the worlds largest fish is the whale shark. A plankton-straining ocean behemoth that grows to 40 feet in length and weighs up to 20 tons. The largest freshwater fish in the U.S. is the white sturgeon of the west coast, reaching lengths of up to 20 feet, followed by the alligator gar found in Texas and Missouri.