IN THE PAN. Panfish provide fast summer fishing for anglers young and old. We have some quick tips to maximize success and keep bobbers going up and down as part of our Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: Plentiful panfish. Find fun with sunnies and bluegills this time of year from the boat, the shore or a fishing pier.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 6/24 – Bottle it & save! – Hi 80, Lo 55, Wind W@11
Tomorrow: Tue 6/25 – Still Nice – Ni 76, Lo 50, Wind W@11, G22
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
1:42AM 12:57PM 7:15AM 7:36PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (57% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 6:45-7:45AM. Moon overhead and light winds will continue a good sunrise bite in our Edge Hour.
FORE! Forceps provide leverage and a narrow grip that works in getting flies, small jigs and little hooks out of the mouths of panfish. Have a pair stashed in a tackle bag or on the boat tool bar to help with hook extraction.
GET DOWN. Bigger bluegills often hang at the bottom of the school. While the smaller ones will rush up to grab a bait, the bigger bulls will hang below. Target them with heavier lures or with a slip float set to get down a bit deeper, once a feeding frenzy has started.
BAIT FOR IT. While nightcrawlers are popular for panfish, many of winter’s baits work as well. Try maggots, mealworms and wax worms for bluegills and other panfish in the heat of summer.