WONDERFUL! The second half of the weekend is setting up well, with slightly cooler temps (we love saying that about the 80s) and light winds. Get out and make the most of it. Today we talk tips for fishing vegetation in our Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: Bustin’ Cover. A largemouth explodes out of the water along a reed bed after the hookset while Ole the lab inspects.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun – 6/30 – Pleasant – Hi 83, Lo 64, Wind N@7
Tomorrow: Mon – 7/1 – July Already – Hi 80, Lo 60, Wind S@6
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
4:12AM 7:36PM 11:49AM Fol. Day
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (5% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 11:30AM-12:30PM. Make noon the feeding stretch for fish in the Edge Hour with moon overhead and light winds.
SAWS ALL. When fishing reeds or lilypads, a strong superline acts as a saw and can actually cut through the stalks, where other smoother lines may struggle. Use 20 pound test at a minimum for flipping lures into these tough plants.
HARD HOOKSET. Make it a point to power fish out of the reeds or other vegetation with a hard hookset. This not only gets them up and away, but also pulls them out toward more open water.
SHIFTING. Find areas where plants fade in and out, explore thick edges, breaks in the cover and small pockets tucked in the middle of things. These places are where fish hide, and transitions provide natural ambush and cover points.