EYEING ICE. While much of the ice remains unstable throughout the region right now, it’s the perfect time to get your gear set up for when hardwater sets in. From augers to reels to bait, we’ve got the preseason prep covered in today’s Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: Reel Ready. Go over your ice gear now so you’re ready when hardwater hits. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 11/19 – Calm – Hi 41, Lo 30, Wind L&V
Tomorrow: Wed 11/20 – Cloudy – Hi 32, Lo 28, Wind N@11, G20
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
Fol. Day 2:01PM 6:33AM 7:00PM
Moon Phase: Last Quarter
EDGE HOUR: 7:30-8:30AM. Sunrise with still conditions will make for a great start to a super day in our Edge Hour.
RUN IT. Now’s the time to fire up the auger, running a shot of Seafoam or other cleaning agent through the tank along with checking blades to make sure they’re sharp and ready to cut through a season’s worth of ice. Get it going now so there’s no question when the ice is thick enough.
SPOOLED. Replace last year’s monofilament lines that have kinked and coiled on the reel so that you can eliminate lure spin when the first jig or spoon heads down the hole. Remember when finished wrapping up old line to cut one end before you throw it away, so it presents less chance of tangling wildlife.
RE-BAIT. Inspect jars of artificial bait like Berkley Gulp! to be sure there’s been no leaking of the heavily-scented fluid, and that there likely won’t be any in the future. Stock up on favorite options now to get set for the season.