EAT UP! After a summer of growing, there are a lot of large baitfish out there serving up the protein and vital nutrients that big predators need to make it through the cold water season. Upsize your seasonal offerings this time of year to catch those hungry lunkers.
Featured Photo: MINNOW MIMIC. A large white crappie falls for a Clouser minnow on the fly rod. Baitfish patterns are a big target for hungry fish in late summer. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 8/22 – Gusty – Hi 76, Lo 53, Wind S@18, G28
Tomorrow: Fri 8/23 – Rainy – Hi 74, Lo 60, Wind S@10, G20
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
Fol. Day 1:52PM 6:40AM 7:03PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (59% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 6:20-7:20AM. Catch sunrise and moon overhead with the day’s lightest winds in today’s Edge Hour.
NOW STREAMING. Streamers mimic baitfish on the fly rod. So whether you’re targeting large crappies stacked up on a weedline, or working those trout coming shallow as the water cools, ripping patterns like the Clouser minnow, woolly bugger , or something bigger for pike will help connect with fish targeting minnows and young-of-the-year.
JERK IT. Jerkbaits like the Rapala Husky Jerk set off fish in late summer and early fall. Upsize offerings from say a #10 to a #12 or #14 to offer a bigger bite to foraging walleyes in the shallows and match the hatch by pairing paint schemes with what the fish are eating.
BLADES OF GLORY. Multi-bladed spinnerbaits are great offerings for bass this time of year, as the collection of flickering willow blades imitate a school of fleeing baitfish. Paired with the pulse of the silicone skirt, these bulky offerings can be burned around structure and along weed edges to set of largemouth and smallies.